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  •    U.S.-Japan Research Institute,
       Washington D.C. (Headquarters)
      

      1901 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
      Suite 801
      Washington, DC 20006
      Phone: 202-452-6142
      E-mail:
    usjp@us-jpri.org
     

Event
USJI Week


USJI Week Events

Feb. 23 (Mon.)
Event 1 (10:00am-11:30am): Algae for biofuels - cold water, inland in ponds or in the lab?
Event 2 (2:00pm-3:30pm): Challenges against poverty, malnutrition and infectious diseases
Event 3 (6:00pm-7:00pm): [Seminar for Students] Japan's Security Policy and the Japan-U.S. Alliance(Students only)

Feb. 24 (Tue.)
Event 4 (3:00pm-4:30pm): Japan's Changing Security Policy and the Japan-U.S. Alliance
Event 5 (6:00pm-7:00pm): [Seminar for Students] Can the ASEAN Countries avoid the Middle Income trap, and How is that Relevant for the US and Japan?(Students only)

Feb. 26 (Thu.)
Event 6 (11:00am-12:00am): China's Xi Jinping Administration: An Assessment of Achievements and Challenges (Delayed 1hour)

Feb. 27 (Fri.)
Event 7 (10:00am-12:30pm): The U.S. Rebalance: TPP’s Political and Economic Roles in the Asia-Pacific
Event 8 (10:00am-12:30pm): Building the TOMODACHI Generation: Engaging U.S. and Japanese University Students in Social Problem-Solving

Mar. 3 (Tue.)
Event 9 (pm): [Seminar for Students] Why East Asia cannot be like Europe? Regional Economic Integration and Power Politics(Students only)

Admission is free, but seating for these events is limited.

Event 1: Algae for biofuels - cold water, inland in ponds or in the lab?

[Summary]

Date and Time
    Feb. 23 (Mon.) 10:00am-11:30am

Venue
    Conference Room A
    2000 M Street, NW Lower Level, Conference Center Washington, D.C. 20036




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Abstract
  The need for biofuels only increases globally and the production must turn to various algal species as possible sources. This seminar will look at a range of available growth areas geographically for the algae - from cold water and even ice-laden waters to very hot Australian areas. The efficiency of growth in a pond versus in an artificially lit container will also be discussed.

Moderator & Panelist
Yoshihiro Shiraiwa, Professor & Provost , Faculty of Life & Environmental Science, University of Tsukuba

Speakers
Tony Haymet, Distinguished Professor and Emeritus Vice-Chancellor, Scripps Oceanography UCSD
Peter Wilson, Professor, University of Tasmania and University of California San Diego


Yoshihiro
Shiraiwa

Tony
Haymet

Peter
Wilson

Event 2: Challenges against poverty, malnutrition and infectious diseases

[Summary]

Date and Time
    Feb. 23 (Mon.) 2:00pm-3:30pm

Venue
    Conference Room A
    2000 M Street, NW Lower Level, Conference Center Washington, D.C. 20036




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Abstract
  Climate change is one of the defining challenges of the century and increasingly recognized as a public health policy. Previous studies reported the relationship between the increased risk of infections and climate related disasters. Many countries have a high burden of climate-sensitive diseases, but public health capability to respond is not always optimal. Major diseases that are sensitive to climate change often become serious among vulnerable population. Household food security and maternal malnutrition are known to be linked with child mortality and growth. Low birth weight (LBW; <2,500g) is a major determinant of mortality, morbidity and disability in neonates, infancy and childhood and has long term impact on health outcomes in adult life. The prevalence of LBW is estimated to be 16% worldwide with a range of 3-40% and occurs mostly in developing countries. The incidence of LBW in Bangladesh, predominantly the result of intrauterine growth restriction, is one of the highest in the world. This study aims to describe the impact of climate-sensitive diseases on maternal and child health in Bangladesh. The results would contribute an new evidence on vicious cycle of poverty and malnutrition, and facilitate policies how to mitigate the impact of climate change among vulnerable population. 

Moderator & Speaker
Yukiko Wagatsuma, Professor, Faculty of Medicine, University of Tsukuba

Speakers
David A. Sack, Professor, Department of International Health, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
Harunor Rashid, PhD candidate, Clinical Science Program, Graduate School of Comprehensive Human Science, University of Tsukuba


Yukiko
Wagatsuma

David A.
Sack

Harunor
Rashid

Event 3: [Seminar for Students] Japan's Security Policy and the Japan-U.S. Alliance (Students only)

Date and Time
    Feb. 23 (Mon.) 6:00pm-7:00pm

Venue
    Conference Room A
    2000 M Street, NW Lower Level, Conference Center Washington, D.C. 20036


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Speaker
Isao Miyaoka, Professor, Faculty of Law, Keio University


Isao
Miyaoka

Sponsored by
NISSAN GLOBAL FOUNDATION

Event 4: Japan's Changing Security Policy and the Japan-U.S. Alliance

Date and Time
    Feb. 24 (Tue.) 3:00pm-4:30pm

Venue
    Conference Room, East-West Center in Washington
    1819 L St., NW, Suite 600, Washington DC 20036




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Abstract
  Japanese security policy and the Japan-U.S. alliance are now in simultaneous transformation. On July 1, 2014, the Abe administration made a Cabinet decision on development of seamless security legislation, including the Government’s new view on Article 9 of the Constitution so that Japan may exercise the right of collective self-defence. Now the National Security Secretariat in the Cabinet Secretariat plays a central role in legislation work. In parallel, the Japanese Government is working with the U.S. Government to revise the 1997 Guidelines for Japan-U.S. Defense Cooperation. In this presentation, first of all, I will explain what Japan’s Self-Defense Forces (SDF) can do under the current legislation related to the 1997 Guidelines and what the SDF did for the Global War on Terrorism in the 2000s. Next, my presentation will describe major changes in Japanese security policy after Prime Minister Shinzo Abe took office in December 2012. Finally, I will discuss the impact of Japan’s changing security policy on the Japan-U.S. alliance. My overall argument is that although the ongoing transformation of Japanese security policy should not be overestimated, it is still instrumental in strengthening and updating the bilateral alliance for the new security environment.

Moderator & Speaker
Mike Mochizuki, Japan-US Relations Professor, Elliott School of International Affairs, The George Washington University

Speaker
Isao Miyaoka, Professor, Faculty of Law, Keio University

Commentator
Andrew Oros, Director of International Studies, Associate Professor of Political Science and International Studies, Washington College


Mike
Mochizuki

Isao
Miyaoka

Andrew
Oros

Event 5: [Seminar for Students] Can the ASEAN Countries avoid the Middle Income trap, and How is that Relevant for the US and Japan? (Students only)

Date and Time
    Feb. 24 (Tue.) 6:00pm-7:00pm

Venue
    Conference Room A
    2000 M Street, NW Lower Level, Conference Center Washington, D.C. 20036


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Speaker
Junichi Mori, Vice Chair, U.S.-Japan Research Institute / Professor and Vice President for international Relations of Kyoto University


Junichi
Mori


Sponsored by
NISSAN GLOBAL FOUNDATION

Event 6: China's Xi Jinping Administration: An Assessment of Achievements and Challenges

Date and Time
    Feb. 26 (Thu.) 11:00am-12:00am (Delayed 1hour)

Venue
    Conference Room, East-West Center in Washington
    1819 L St., NW, Suite 600, Washington DC 20036




Registration closed

Abstract
  Over two years have passed since the advent of the Xi Jinping Administration in China, and this first stage has already been rather eventful to say the least. Xi Jinping's "tiger hunt", his anti-corruption drive, has resulted in the downfall of a number of high-ranking cadres, including those in the military. He seems to be successful in consolidating his power base, and his plan for economic reform is wide-ranging and ambitious. At the same time, Xi Jinping's emphasis on ideological purity and the oppression of dissident voices has been striking and appears contradictory to his policies on the economic front. On the societal level, people's dissatisfaction about the present and concern about the future have not been allayed by the tightening of discipline among the local cadres, while the further downturn in the economy is forecast this year. This seminar will review and assess the achievement and challenges in the past two years of Xi's leadership, and explore the prospects for 2015 and beyond with a major focus set on the domestic questions.

Moderator
Satu Limaye, Director, East-West Center in Washington / Director, Asia Matters for America initiative

Speakers
Akio Takahara, Professor, Faculty of Law, the University of Tokyo
Nathaniel Ahrens, Director of China Affairs, the University of Maryland / Senior Associate (non-resident), Hills Program on Governance, CSIS

Commentator
Susan Lawrence, Specialist in Asian Affairs, Congressional Research Service(CRS)


Satu
Limaye

Akio
Takahara

Nathaniel
Ahrens

Susan
Lawrence


Co-hosted by
East-West Center in Washington

The video will be broadcast live here

Event 7: The U.S. Rebalance: TPP’s Political and Economic Roles in the Asia-Pacific

[Summary]

Date and Time
    Feb. 27 (Fri.) 10:00am-12:00pm

Venue
    Auditorium, Wilson Center
    One Woodrow Wilson Plaza, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington DC 20004


Webcast available here

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Abstract
  In his latest State of the Union address, President Obama stressed the need for TPP to conclude successfully in order to keep the United States competitive in global markets. But as heated negotiations to conclude the world's most ambitious trade deal continue, there is debate too about what exactly TPP will mean for broader economic stability and relations among Asian nations. Could TPP deepen regional cohesion among Asian nations and enhance political as well as economic stability in the region? Will TPP impact U.S. relations with TPP member countries and non-members, and if so, how? Join us in a discussion about the prospects for regional economic integration and how leadership in Asia may be influenced by TPP.


Moderator
Shihoko Goto, Senior Associate for Northeast Asia , Asia Program, Wilson Center
  
Speakers
Takashi Terada, Operating Advisor , USJI / Professor, Doshisha University
Tami Overby, Senior Vice President, Asia, U.S. Chamber of Commerce
Jerry K.H. Chen, Director of the Economic Division, Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office in the United States
Simon Newnham, Minister-Counsellor (Trade) at the Embassy of Australia in Washington D.C.


Shihoko
Goto

Takashi
Terada

Tami
Overby

Jerry K.H.
Chen

Simon
Newnham

Co-hosted by
Wilson Center

Event 8: Building the TOMODACHI Generation: Engaging U.S. and Japanese University Students in Social Problem-Solving

Date and Time
    Feb. 27 (Fri.) 10:00am-12:30pm

Venue
    The Washington Center Residential and Academic Facility
    1005 3rd Street NE, Washington, DC 20002


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Abstract
  Presentations by international teams of Japanese and American participants of the Building the TOMODACHI Generation program. Teams will propose civil-society based projects to address the challenges faced in the Tohoku Region. Winning project teams will travel to Japan to continue their partnership with a service project in Tohoku. This program is generously supported by the TOMODACHI Fund for Exchanges donors, Mitsubishi Corporation, Toyota Motor Corporation, and Hitachi Ltd., as well as Morgan Stanley.
  The two-week Building the TOMODACHI Generation civic engagement program will bring 20 college students from top Japanese universities to Washington, DC from February 14, 2015 to February 28, 2015. The Japanese students will join 15 American peers for a robust leadership-based curriculum that enhances students’ understanding of the principles, challenges and potential of civil society.


Judges
Katsuichi Uchida, President, USJI / Assistant to the President for Global Affairs, Waseda University
Christopher Joseph Cook, Chief Compliance Officer, Keel Point Advisors




Katsuichi
Uchida

Christopher Joseph
Cook

Co-host by
U.S.-Japan Council / The Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars

Event 9: [Seminar for Students] Why East Asia cannot be like Europe? Regional Economic Integration and Power Politics (Students only)

Date and Time
    Mar. 3 (Tue.) 6:00pm-7:00pm

Venue
    Conference Room A
    2000 M Street, NW Lower Level, Conference Center Washington, D.C. 20036



REGISTER (Students Only)
  

Speaker
Takashi Terada, Operating Advisor , USJI / Professor, Doshisha University


Takashi
Terada

Sponsored by
NISSAN GLOBAL FOUNDATION

Organized by: U.S.-Japan Research Institute (USJI)