U.S.-Japan Relations in the Asia-Pacific Region:
New Challenges for the Future Lecture

Presented by JICC, Embassy of Japan and the U.S.-Japan Research Institute

The declared result of the U.S. presidential election on November 8 was reported with surprise across the world. This was not only because it differed from almost all predictions, but also because of how American public opinion itself had strongly influenced the result of the election. The international community has accepted the uncertainty surrounding the U.S. in the near future and is watching developments closely.

President Trump has recently begun signaling that he will fulfill several campaign promises concerning major policies, such as the curtailment of U.S. manufacturing moving abroad, the vitalization of domestic manufacturing, withdrawal from NAFTA and the TPP, and the reevaluation of relations with allies. However, the feasibility of these proposals and suggestions is still up for debate.

Presently, with U.S. influence in the international community undergoing major changes, U.S.-Japan relations also face new challenges. At the same time, recent developments among Japan’s neighbors cannot be overlooked. Going beyond individual debates about national security and the TPP—hot topics during the election campaign—it appears increasingly important that the U.S. and Japan see to their shared values and engage each other in a discussion on how to lead the international community.

With such a critical juncture ahead of us, this seminar examines the future of U.S.-Japan relations and facilitates discussion on how to strengthen that relationship, examining the issues from multiple perspectives, ranging from U.S. and Japanese trends in domestic politics and public debate to both countries’ diplomacy, national security, economies, and trade.

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