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FEBRUARY 23-MARCH 3, 2015

Event Schedule

Feb. 23 (Mon.)
Event1
(10:00am-11:30am)
Algae for biofuels – cold water, inland in ponds or in the lab?
Event2
(2:00pm-3:30pm)
Challenges against poverty, malnutrition and infectious diseases
Event3
(6:00pm-7:00pm)
[Seminar for Students] Japan’s Security Policy and the Japan-U.S. Alliance(Students only)
Feb. 24 (Tue.)
Event4
(3:00pm-4:30pm)
Japan’s Changing Security Policy and the Japan-U.S. Alliance
Event5
(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.)
Event6
(11:00am-12:00am)
China’s Xi Jinping Administration: An Assessment of Achievements and Challenges (Delayed 1hour)
Feb. 27 (Fri.)
Event7
(10:00am-12:30pm)
The U.S. Rebalance: TPP’s Political and Economic Roles in the Asia-Pacific
Event8
(10:00am-12:30pm)
Building the TOMODACHI Generation: Engaging U.S. and Japanese University Students in Social Problem-Solving
Mar. 3 (Tue.)
Event9
(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

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
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Yoshihiro Shiraiwa
Professor & Provost , Faculty of Life & Environmental Science, University of Tsukuba
Speakers
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Tony Haymet
Distinguished Professor and Emeritus Vice-Chancellor, Scripps Oceanography UCSD
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Peter Wilson
Professor, University of Tasmania and University of California San Diego

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

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

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

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

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
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Mike Mochizuki
Japan-US Relations Professor, Elliott School of International Affairs, The George Washington University
Speaker
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Isao Miyaoka
Professor, Faculty of Law, Keio University
Commentator
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Andrew Oros
Director of International Studies, Associate Professor of Political Science and International Studies, Washington College

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

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

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
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Satu Limaye
Director, East-West Center in Washington / Director, Asia Matters for America initiative
Speakers
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Akio Takahara
Professor, Faculty of Law, the University of Tokyo
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Nathaniel Ahrens
Director of China Affairs, the University of Maryland / Senior Associate (non-resident), Hills Program on Governance, CSIS
Commentator
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Susan Lawrence
Specialist in Asian Affairs, Congressional Research Service(CRS)
Co-hosted by

East-West Center in Washington
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The video will be broadcast live here

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

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

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

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

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

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

NISSAN GLOBAL FOUNDATION

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

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