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February 26 - March 6, 2018

Event Schedule

Feb. 26 (Mon.)
Russia in the US-Japan Alliance? Beyond Chinese and North Korean Challenges
Feb. 27 (Tue.)
Achieving the Health and Education Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
Feb. 28 (Wed)
Trump’s Trade Policy in Asia: A One Year Review
Mar. 1 (Thu.)
Searching for the social condition toward the reconciliation among East Asian nations: Historical burdens and the adaptability of conflict resolution studies in East Asia
Mar. 2 (Fri.)
Interpreting the 2017 House of Representatives Election of Japan
Mar. 6 (Tue.)
Trump’s Bilateralism: US Trade Policy in Northeast Asia

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

Event 1 : Russia in the US-Japan Alliance? Beyond Chinese and North Korean Challenges

Date and Time

Feb. 26 (Mon.) 10:30a.m.-12:00p.m.


USJI Office Seminar Room (2000M)
2000 M Street, B1, Washington D.C. 20036


US relations with Russia have become a major focus in Washington following the election of President Trump. US-Russian relations had been on ice since the crisis in Ukraine, and while it was widely believed that the election of Trump would offer the possibility for a reset, this has not been forthcoming. Suspicions over Russia’s interference in the election have further undermined an already fragile relationship.

By contrast, Japan under PM Abe has consistently sought better relations with Russia. Although officially signed up to the international sanctions over Ukraine, Japan ignored the advice of the Obama administration and seductively dangled prospects of economic cooperation in front of President Putin. However, this made no impression on the latter, who demolished Japan’s hopes of a Northern Territories resolution (with the return of two islands) in the December 2016 Leaders’ Summit, while also succeeding in dividing Japan from the rest of the G7. Despite the presence of the US-Japan Security Alliance, therefore, the two countries are out of step when it comes to relations with Russia. This workshop will focus on how we should think about US-Japan relations with the Russian bear in the room.

Additionally, the session will consider how this affects relations with an increasingly prominent China and the possible response to the threat of North Korea, which with its nuclear development and missiles appears the principle threat looming over the region. Understandings regarding these challenges also have an influence on the place of Russia within the US-Japan Security Alliance.

Drawing upon the panelists combined expertise in US-Russia, Russia-Korea, Russia China and Russia-Japan relations, this session will demonstrate the value of triangulating these issues when thinking about the role of Russia in US-Japan relations, and look to how these various challenges are potentially able to be overcome through the Alliance.

Edward Boyle
Assistant Professor, Kyushu University
Opening Remarks
Guadalupe Correa-Cabrera
Associate Professor, George Mason University
Akihiro Iwashita
Professor, Kyushu University/ Hokkaido University
Matthew Rojansky
Director, Kennan Institute
Paul J. Saunders
Executive Director, Center for the National Interest
Yong-Chool Ha
Professor, University of Washington
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Event 2 : Achieving the Health and Education Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) – Exploring Japan-US Partnerships for Human Development

Date and Time

Feb. 27 (Tue.) 2:00p.m.-3:30p.m.


USJI Office Seminar Room (2000M)
2000 M Street, B1, Washington D.C. 20036


Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), consisting of 17 goals and 169 targets, were adopted at the UN Sustainable Development Summit in 2015. They are universal goals applicable, not only to developing world but also to developed countries, and are becoming the most important base of the emerging global governance. Welcoming and reacting to this global movement, the Government of Japan established the SDGs Promotion Headquarters headed by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, and tries to take a whole-of-society approach in implementing SDGs-related policies and activities. In this session, focusing on the Goal 3 (Good Health and Well-being) and Goal 4 (Quality Education), the presenters will discuss the Japan’s perspectives on international cooperation for SDGs and future prospects for U.S.-Japan cooperation. As Japan will host the G20 Summit in 2019, the outcomes of the discussion in this seminar are expected to contribute to that preparatory process.

Yasushi Katsuma
Professor, Waseda University
Hidechika Akashi
Director, Department of Global Network and Partnership, Bureau of International Health Cooperation, National Center for global Health and Medicine (NCGM)
Lawrence Gostin
Professor, Georgetown University/Faculty Director, O’Neill Institute for National & Global Health Law

Kazuo Kuroda
Professor, Waseda University
James Williams
UNESCO Chair, International Education for Development/Professor, George Washington University

Co-hosted by

Global Asia Studies, Waseda University
The O’Neil Institute of National and Global Health Law, Georgetown University
UNESCO Chair in International Education for Development, George Washington University
The Institute for Global Health Policy Research (iGHP), the National Center for Global Health and Medicine, Japan
Waseda University Institute for Asia-Pacific Studies

Event 3: Trump’s Trade Policy in Asia: A One Year Review

Date and Time

Feb. 28 (Wed.) Time 10:00a.m.-11:30a.m.


Brookings Institution Saul-Zilkha Room
1775 Massachusetts Avenue N.W.Washington, DC 20036


President Trump promised a reset in U.S. trade policy, making the reduction of bilateral trade deficits a core priority. His opening act on trade—withdrawal from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)—sent shockwaves through the Asia-Pacific region. But other campaign pledges, such as a 45 percent blanket tariff on Chinese imports, have not materialized. Instead, the administration has revived little-used U.S. trade laws to tame Chinese unfair trading practices: a Section 232 investigation on steel and aluminum that could restrict imports with national security considerations and a Section 301 investigation on Chinese intellectual property theft. The Trump administration has been a proponent of the benefits of trade bilateralism. Major initiatives on this front include the launch of high-level economic dialogues with Japan and China, and steps to amend parts of the U.S.-Korea Free Trade Agreement (KORUS FTA). The U.S. government has also expressed a strong desire to launch new bilateral trade negotiations with countries like Japan and Vietnam, although none have been formally launched yet.

On February 28, the Center for East Asia Policy Studies and the
U.S.-Japan Research Institute will host a panel of experts to assess the drivers and outcomes of Trump’s trade policy in Asia over the first year of his administration. They will discuss how Japan and the United States can deepen trade and investment ties despite the American withdrawal from the TPP; the chances of a successful renegotiation of the KORUS FTA and its impact on broader U.S.-South Korea relations; and whether the administration’s condemnation of predatory economics in the region and use of unilateral trade measures will effectively deter Chinese mercantilism or trigger trade friction.

Mireya Solis
Senior Fellow and Co-Director of the Center for East Asia Policy Studies/ Philip Knight Chair in Japan Studies, The Brookings Institution
Eswar Prasad
Senior Fellow, Global Economy and Development
Jeffrey J. Schott
Senior Fellow, Peterson Institute for International Economics
Meredith Miller
Senior Vice President, Albright Stonebridge Group
Shujiro Urata
Professor, Waseda University
Co-hosted by

The Brookings Institute

Event 4: Searching for the social condition toward the reconciliation among East Asian nations: Historical burdens and the adaptability of conflict resolution studies in East Asia

Date and Time

Mar. 1 (Thu.) 1:00p.m.-2:30p.m.


USJI Office Seminar Room (2000M)
2000 M Street, B1, Washington D.C. 20036


Peace and Conflict Resolution Studies has today emerged in the West, targeting regions wracked with national conflicts and civil war, such as the Middle East and Africa. Transition justice theory is also advocated in relation to places like Latin and South America, regions where system of developmental dictatorship has existed for a long time. However, as this is brought into East Asia to demonstrate an embryonic form of “universal justice”, it is often used for nationalist purposes, which seems to actually result in strengthening the mutual opposition of national historical interpretations.
This presentation aims to explain our project to establish “Reconciliation Studies,” — What it is and Why is necessary. Reconciliation Studies, while basing itself on Western scholarship on Peace and Conflict Resolution Studies and transitional justice theory, seeks to realize “just reconciliation” between Japan and the various Asian states, keeping in mind the regional specificity of East Asia – which produces nations by the sharing of historical memory and, as a result, displays quite an active type of nationalism to this day – in a form appropriate to the specific environment of East Asia. Reconciliation Studies attempts to investigate the larger framework of intellectual infrastructure for concretely resolving a diverse array of accompanying problems and deepening it as an academic field.

Toyomi Asano
Professor, Waseda University
Naoyuki Umemori
Professor, Waseda University

Jordan Sand
Professor, Georgetown University

Yang Daquing
Associate Professor, The George Washington University

Mike Mochizuki
Associate Professor, The George Washington University

Co-hosted by

Georgetown University

Global Asia Studies, Waseda University

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Event 5: Interpreting the 2017 House of Representatives Election of Japan

Date and Time

Mar. 2 (Fri.) 1:00p.m.-3:00p.m.


The McCourt School Conference Room, Old North 205, Georgetown University
37th and O Streets, N.W., Washington D.C. 20057


How and why the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) won the General Election (the House of Representatives Election) in Japan on October 22, 2017. Although a charismatic female political leader, Yuriko Koike, looked to be very strong before the election, why the LDP led by Prime Minister Shinzo Abo won the General Election so well? Two panelists will offer perspectives from cross-national settings and/or from Washington D.C.

Michael A. Bailey
Interim Dean, McCourt School of Public Policy, Georgetown University
Aiji Tanaka
President, USJI / Professor, Waseda University
Sherry L. Martin
Foreign Affairs Research Analyst, United States Department of State

Co-hosted by

McCourt School of Public Policy, Georgetown University

TGU Center for Positive/Empirical Analyses of Political Economy, Waseda University


Event 6 : Trump’s Bilateralism: US Trade Policy in Northeast Asia

Date and Time

Mar. 6 (Tue.) 3:00p.m.-4:30p.m.


6th Floor Board Room
Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center
One Woodrow Wilson Plaza 1300 Pennsylvania, Ave., NW
Washington, D.C. 20004


The Trump administration has employed ‘America First’ as its defining electoral and governing slogan, viewing economic openness and globalisation as harmful to US jobs and industrial competitiveness. The Trump administration regards trade surpluses as evidence of winning and deficits as evidence of losing; the stated goal is consequently bilateral trade deals as the optimal approach to reduce America’s trade deficit with its key trading partners. The result has been a turn towards economic protectionism, including American withdrawal from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). It is not clear that such a pursuit of bilateral trading arrangements is even economically feasible but this policy stance displays a broader lack of confidence in multilateral institutions and contributes to the growing doubts about America’s leadership credibility in the Asia-Pacific. The panel aims to examine the U.S. moves toward bilateralism-centred trade policy towards Northeast Asia; China, Japan and South Korea, all of which have recorded massive trade surpluses with the US and have been placed on the US foreign exchange “monitoring list”. The panel also explores the other three nations’ views on the Trump trade policy and their respective approach to managing any potential trade negotiations with the United States, such as KORUS renegotiations and a US-Japan FTA.

Shihoko Goto
Wilson Center
T. J. Pempel
Professor, University of California, Berkeley
Yul Sohn
Professor, Yonsei University
Takashi Terada
USJI Operating Advisor / Professor, Doshisha University
Co-hosted by

Wilson Center

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