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SEPTEMBER 5-11, 2012

Event Schedule

Sep. 5 (Wed.)
Event1
(10:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.)
Responsibility to share: U.S. and Japanese responses to emerging challenges in the Asia Pacific (Panelist Changed)
Event2
(3:00 P.M. – 4:30 P.M.)
Japan-U.S. Relationship in Higher Education Reform
Sep. 6 (Thu.)
Event3
(3:00 P.M. – 4:30 P.M.)
North Korea in the Kim Jong Un Era: Implications for Japan, the U.S. and Northeast Asia
Sep. 10 (Mon.)
Event4
(9:00 A.M. – 10:40 A.M.)
Craniofacial Translational Research Based on Molecular Craniofacial Developmental Research
Event5
(11:30 A.M. – 5:15 P.M.)
U.S.-Japan Higher Education Panel II
Event6
(5:30 P.M. – 7:00 P.M.)
Social Networking Reception
Sep. 11 (Tue.)
Event7
(9:30 A.M. – 11:30 A.M.)
Open House
Event8
(12:30 P.M. – 1:45 P.M.)
Comparative Analysis of US Presidential System and Japanese Parliamentary System (Collaborated Lecture)

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

Event 1: Responsibility to share: U.S. and Japanese responses to emerging challenges in the Asia Pacific

[Summary:English][Summary:Japanese]

Date and Time

Sep. 5 (Wed.) 10:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.

Venue

Ambassador Room, The Embassy Row Hotel
2015 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Washington D.C. 20036


Event 1: Responsibility to share: U.S. and Japanese responses to emerging challenges in the Asia Pacific from U.S.-Japan Research Institute on Vimeo.

Abstract

Since October 2010, USJI Security Policy Research Project team, which is led by Professor Shotaro Yachi, Visiting Professor at WOJUSS, has been working on a research on “Policy Recommendations for Comprehensive Japan-US Security Cooperation in a New World Order.” In this project, the team examines what roles Japan and the United States should and can play as alliance partner to tackle with new security challenges in Asia-Pacific region and promote ”the free and open international order.” In October 2011, the research team published a book “Ronshu – Nihon no gaikouseisaku to sougou anzenhosho” (Essays on Japanese Foreign Policy and Comprehensive Security)* as interim report and has continued the research. This seminar is organized to further explore the subject with insights from the American counterpart.
In this seminar, the panel of Japanese and American experts will discuss a number of security issues that both Japan and the US face in the region, including Denuclearization of Korean Peninsula and Maritime Security in East Asia. Mr. Kurt Campbell, Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs, will provide his view on the U.S. role and responsibility in maintaining the regional order in Asia with a special focus on emerging China. Japanese and American experts on security issues will make comments for discussions.
USJI will be hosting this seminar as part of the semi-annual USJI week in cooperation with WOJUSS.

Moderator
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Shotaro Yachi
Visiting Professor, Waseda University
Panelists
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Michael J. Green
Senior Adviser and Japan Chair, Center for Strategic and International Studies
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Tomohiko Taniguchi
Guest Professor, Keio University
[Presentation Slides (0.6MB)]
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Jim Zumwalt
Deputy Assistant Secretary, U.S. Department of State
Co-host by

Waseda University Organization for Japan-US Studies

Sponsored by

THE SASAKAWA PEACE FOUNDATION

Event 2: Japan-U.S. Relationship in Higher Education Reform

Date and Time

Sep. 5 (Wed.) 3:00 P.M. – 4:30 P.M.

Venue

Ambassador Room, The Embassy Row Hotel
2015 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Washington D.C. 20036


Event 2: Japan-U.S. Relationship in Higher Education Reform from U.S.-Japan Research Institute on Vimeo.

Abstract

In collaboration with GSI Teaching and Resource Center at UC Berkeley, University of Tsukuba sent 4 graduate Teaching Assistants to Berkeley for a one-week fieldwork program every year since 2009. This was a part of the activities of “Improvement of General Education Based on Tsukuba Standard‚” which was selected for MEXT High Quality Academic Promotion Program in 2008.
This “fieldwork” project is intended not as a short-term observation of US higher education; rather it urged a holistic understanding of educational ecosystem at Berkeley. Participants not only observed discussion sections led by Berkeley Graduate Students Instructors but also participated in workshops, interviewed GSIs, and visited various educational facilities at Berkeley. They were assigned to lead discussion sections at University of Tsukuba before or after the visits.
This experience gave the panelists from Tsukuba and Berkeley a chance to rethink US-Japan relationship in the age of globalization and higher education reform. If higher education reform in Japan is to go beyond superficial adaptation of successful US models, mutual understanding between the two distinct educational cultures is essential. Linda von Hoene and Sabrina Soracco have lectured and conducted numerous workshops in major Japanese universities. Their insights are invaluable in discussing US-Japan relationship in higher education reform.

Moderator & Speaker
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Yoichiro Miyamoto
Operating Adviser, USJI / Professor, University of Tsukuba
[Presentation Slides (5.8MB)]
Speakers
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Linda von Hoene
Director, University of California, Berkeley
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Sabrina Soracco
Director, University of California, Berkeley
[Presentation Slides (0.8MB)]

Event 3: North Korea in the Kim Jong Un Era: Implications for Japan, the U.S. and Northeast Asia

[Summary]

Date and Time

Sep. 6 (Thu.) 3:00 P.M. – 4:30 P.M.

Venue

Conference Room, JSPS/JST Washington Office
2001 L Street NW, Suite 1050, Washington D.C. 20036


Event 3: North Korea in the Kim Jong Un Era: Implications for Japan, the U.S. and Northeast Asia from U.S.-Japan Research Institute on Vimeo.

Abstract

Since former North Korean leader Kim Jong-il died in December 2011, his third son, Kim Jong-un, has assumed the posts of Supreme Commander of the Korean People’s Army, First Secretary of the Workers’ Party of Korea and First Chairman of the National Defense Commission of North Korea. Kim Jong-un has recently been awarded the title of Marshal. The transfer of power appears to have been smooth. In April, North Korea launched a supposed “satellite”, and international experts have warned North Korea against conducting a nuclear test. Meanwhile, politicians from the ruling and opposition parties in South Korea have discussed revision of their country’s North Korea policy prior to the presidential election in December. The United States and China have strategically taken both cooperative and confrontational approaches toward North Korea.
In this seminar, we will look closely at the situation on the Korean Peninsula under the new Kim Jong-un regime and examine the political implications for the neighboring countries. First, two researchers will provide their assessment and outlook for the new regime, and discuss the implications for the neighboring countries (the United States, South Korea, and other countries). Based on their presentations, panelists will exchange views on recent developments in the situation on the Korean Peninsula. Professor Zhao and Professor Nakato will provide Chinese and Japanese perspectives respectively. Although Japan still faces her own specific issues including the abduction of Japanese nationals by North Koreans and diplomatic normalization talks between Japan and North Korea, we will discuss what role Japan should play in the region and in the world in the light of the issue’s international dimension.

Moderator
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Sachio Nakato
Professor, Ritsumeikan University
Speakers
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Scott A. Snyder
Senior Fellow, Council on Foreign Relations
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Lee Seung Yeol
Senior Research Fellow, Ewha Womans University
[Presentation Slides (1.5MB)]

Event 4: Craniofacial Translational Research Based on Molecular Craniofacial Developmental Research

[Summary]

Date and Time

Sep. 10 (Mon.) 9:00 A.M. – 10:40 A.M.

Venue

Ambassador Room, The Embassy Row Hotel
2015 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Washington D.C. 20036


Event 4: Craniofacial Translational Research Based on Molecular Craniofacial Developmental Research from U.S.-Japan Research Institute on Vimeo.

Abstract

The inborn specific abnormality that the phenotype appears in a face and the oral cavity affects chewing, speech, breathing as well as swallowing, life support functions of the patient. The specific and strange feature of craniofacial anomaly in the face affects a socio-psychological activity leading the decline of patients’ quality of life remarkably. The cleft lip and/or palate (CLP) that are representative inborn specific abnormality present a phenotype on face. The incidence rate of CLP ranges from one out of 500 to 700 live births in the world.
In the present project, we elucidate mechanism of the outbreak of various kinds of inborn abnormality which showing the phenotype in face, oral cavity including a CLP and aim at developing the oral function foundation therapy by applying the tissue reproduction therapy.
Since this is the first seminar of our research project, we would like to introduce the background of the research field regarding craniofacial biology and the purpose of the present project. Prof. Kazuaki Nonaka will introduce the translational researches being performed in dental science, and Dr. Shum will introduce the FaceBace consortium, that is an NIH-funded resource for craniofacial researchers. We will discuss the further development of collaboration between U.S. and Japan in scientific aspect. Further, while in U.S., Japan and other developed countries, specialty education for treatment of craniofacial anomalies in the field of oral surgery, pediatric dentistry and orthodontics has also been well established, the medical/dental status and education system to treat those patients have not been developed in south-east Asia to middle east and African countries. We would like to discuss the collaborative contribution of U.S. and Japan in this field.
Finally, Dr. Yamaza will present the research for regenerative dentistry and it’s future to direct our research project.

Moderator
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Ichiro Takahashi
Operating Adviser, USJI / Professor, Kyushu University
[Presentation Slides (2.4MB)]
Speakers
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Kazuaki Nonaka
Professor, Kyushu University
[Presentation Slides (16.6MB)]
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Lillian Shum
Chief, National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research
[Presentation Slides (4.0MB)]
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Haruyoshi Yamaza
Assistant Professor, Kyushu University
[Presentation Slides (3.5MB)]

Event 5: U.S.-Japan Higher Education Panel II

Date and Time

Sep. 10 (Mon.) 11:30 A.M. – 5:15 P.M.

Venue

(Keynote Speech & Panel Discussion) Ambassador Room
(Luncheon Meeting) Consulate Ballroom
The Embassy Row Hotel
2015 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Washington D.C. 20036

Conference Topic

Drawing a roadmap to design a sustainable framework for enhancing academic collaboration between the U.S. and Japanese institutions.

Goals of the conference

At the US-Japan Higher Education Panel held in April 2012, the measures to further stimulate the mobility of students between the United States and Japan were discussed. This time around, the panel is to further discuss how to enhance the student exchanges and research cooperation and focuses especially on the young researchers. The session starting from 15:20 is designed for young researchers to begin fostering tangible interactions among themselves by exchanging views on a specific theme.

Background and Purpose of the Project

On April 9, 2012, the first US-Japan Higher Education Panel was held at Waseda University, the participants of which include individuals from CULCON, MEXT, JSPS, US and Japanese universities, Mitsui & Co. Ltd, Mitsubishi Corporation, Toyota Motor Corporation, the Embassy of the United States, U.S. National Science Foundation, Japan Foundation, JASSO, the Japan-U.S. Educational Commission, and the American Chamber of Commerce in Japan.
Inspired by various ideas exchanged during the April panel over how to increase the US-Japan student and researcher mobility, the panel this time will gather more concrete proposals to design and implement a sustainable framework to facilitate active academic exchanges among US-Japan institutions. For example, several proposals can be potentially suggested as an initial mean to start our discussions, such as establishing a Japanese equivalent of the Rhodes Scholar Program or the Fulbright Program as a symbolic move to enhance the visibility of US-Japan higher education exchanges and cooperation, creating a new version of the JET (The Japan Exchange and Teaching Programme) at the post-doctorate level to conduct research activities while teaching language or content classes to start an academic career, creating double-degree programs between US-Japan universities, and establishing mid-career young professionals exchange programs between US-Japan government offices and private companies.
During the session called “Young Japanese Researchers Networking Discussion”, the panel will invite several young Japanese professors who are currently teaching at universities in the U.S. as faculty members. Being Japanese by their origin, these professors are resourceful not only for the U.S. institutions but also for the US-Japan academic exchange and cooperation. Their experiences to enter the U.S. academic communities and issues that they have faced in their career development will be addressed.

Moderators
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Katsuichi Uchida
President, USJI / Vice President, Waseda University
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Michael Mooney
University Professor and Special Adviser to the President, Waseda University
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Masakazu Iino
Professor, Waseda University
Welcome Remarks (11:30 A.M. – 11:40 A.M.)
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Katsuichi Uchida
President, USJI / Vice President, Waseda University
Keynote Speech (11:40 A.M. – 12:20 P.M.)
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George R. Packard
President, United States-Japan Foundation

[Summary:English][Summary:Japanese]

USJI WEEK – Event 5: U.S.-Japan Higher Education Panel II – Keynote Speech from U.S.-Japan Research Institute on Vimeo.

Luncheon Speech “Japan’s Challenges and Strengths” (12:20 P.M. – 1:40 P.M.)
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H.E. Ichiro Fujisaki
Ambassador, Japan to the United States

[Summary:English][Summary:Japanese]

USJI Week Event 5: U.S.-Japan Higher Education Panel II (Luncheon Speech: Japan’s Challenges and Strengths) from U.S.-Japan Research Institute on Vimeo.

Panel Discussion “Towards the Enhancement of Academic Collaboration between the U.S. and Japan
-Panel on Practical & Sustainable Measures / Proposals to Facilitate Active Academic Exchanges-” (1:45 P.M. – 3:00 P.M.)
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Michael Handford
Professor, The University of Tokyo
[Presentation Slides (1.2MB)]
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Yasumasa Ito
Lecturer, Nagoya Univerisity
[Presentation Slides (4.8MB)]
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Sheila A. Smith
Senior Fellow, Council on Foreign Relations
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Mark Williams
Vice President, Akita International University
[Presentation Slides (1.1MB)]

[Summary:English][Summary:Japanese]

from U.S.-Japan Research Institute on Vimeo.

Panel Discussion “Young Japanese Researchers Networking Discussion” (3:20 P.M. – 5:00 P.M.)
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Yuko Goto Butler
Associate Professor, University of Pennsylvania
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Kohei Homma
Visiting Fellow, Neurobiology Neurodegeneration & Repair Laboratory,
National Eye Institute, National Institutes of Health
Hiromi Ono
Visiting Scholar, University of California, Los Angeles
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Yuki Tatsumi
Senior Associate, The Henry L. Stimson Center
Closing Remarks (5:00 P.M. – 5:15 P.M.)
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Michael Mooney
University Professor and Special Adviser to the President, Waseda University

[Summary:English][Summary:Japanese]

from U.S.-Japan Research Institute on Vimeo.

Co-host by

Seven Japanese universities selected by Re-Inventing Japan Project Type B-I: The University of Tokyo, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Nagoya University, Akita International University, Keio University, Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University, and Waseda University

Supported by

Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT)

Event 6: Social Networking Reception

Date and Time

Sep. 10 (Mon.) 5:30 P.M. – 7:00 P.M.

Venue

Consulate Ballroom, The Embassy Row Hotel
2015 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Washington D.C. 20036

Host
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Katsuichi Uchida
President, USJI / Vice President, Waseda University
Welcome Remarks
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H.E. Ichiro Fujisaki
Ambassador, Japan to the United States
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Fumiaki Kubo
Director, USJI / Professor, The University of Tokyo
Co-host by

Seven Japanese universities selected by Re-Inventing Japan Project Type B-I: The University of Tokyo, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Nagoya University, Akita International University, Keio University, Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University, and Waseda University

Supported by

Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT)

Event 7: Open House

Date and Time

Sep. 11 (Tue.) 9:30 A.M. – 11:30 A.M

Venue

U.S.-Japan Research Institute, Washington D.C. (Headquarters)
1875 I Street NW, Suite 512, Washington D.C. 20006

Register

Please RSVP (acceptances only) to USJI Washington Office by e-mailing week_op@us-jpri.org.

Abstract

Introduction about USJI activities and suggestion for possible cooperation with your organization or group

Host
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Katsuichi Uchida
President, USJI / Vice President, Waseda University

Event 8: Comparative Analysis of US Presidential System and Japanese Parliamentary System (Collaborated Lecture)

[Summary]

Date and Time

Sep. 11 (Tue.) 12:30 P.M. – 1:45 P.M.

Venue

Center for Contemporary Arab Studies, Intercultural Center (ICC) 241, Georgetown University

Outline

This joint lecture will take a look at how the US presidential system and the Japanese parliamentary system works and explore into the strengthes and weaknesses of each system. It will also touch upon how the electoral system and political parties in each country affect its politics and government.

Moderator & Lecturer
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Clyde Wilcox
Professor, Georgetown University
Speaker
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Fumiaki Kubo
Director, USJI / Professor, The University of Tokyo
Co-host by

Georgetown University

Sponsored by

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

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