In the summer of 2017, the US-Asia Institute, in partnership with the US-Japan Caucus and with the help of Sasakawa USA, hosted the inaugural Japan 101 series of congressional briefings. The first year, more than 200 congressional staff attended at least one Japan 101 briefing. Nearly 60 staffers received a Professional Development Certificate from USAI in recognition of their participation.
The three-session introductory series brought experts to Capitol Hill to introduce and discuss critical aspects of Japan and its strategic and economic significance. All sessions are open only to Congressional staff and include time for Q&A with the audience. Thank you to the institute’s Program Assistant, Jonathan Canfield, for all his work in developing this initiative.
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About The Series: The US-Asia Institute in partnership with the US-Japan Caucus, and with the help of Sasakawa USA hosted the Inaugural Japan 101 Seminar Series in the summer of 2017. This year, more than 200 congressional staff attended at least one Japan 101 seminar. Nearly 60 staffers received a Professional Development Certificate from USAI...Read More
At the third and final installment of the 2017 Japan 101 Series, Admiral Dennis Blair, who serves as the Chairman of Sasakawa Peace Foundation, Professor Andrew Oros from Washington College, and Professor Balbina Hwang from Georgetown University spoke about the security challenges surrounding Japan and the military aspect of the US-Japan relationship.Read More
The second installment of the 2017 Japan 101 Briefing Series featured two experts on Japan as keynote speakers: Dr. Mireya Solis, the Philip Knight Chair in Japan Studies at the Brookings Institution, and Dr. Sheila Smith, Senior Fellow of Japan Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations. The two experts spoke about Japan's economic policy and domestic politics in the wake of the ongoing changes in the East Asian region.Read More
At the first session of the inaugural Japan 101 Briefing Series, Ambassador James P. Zumwalt, CEO of the Sasakawa Peace Foundation, spoke about the current state of the US-Japan alliance and the importance of a strong relationship as both countries move forward.Read More
Cyber threats are a clear and present danger around the globe. With daily news reports of cyber-attacks on government, military, private sector, and even individual information technology (IT) infrastructures, no one is immune. In Japan—which is located in what is often described as “the world’s wildest cyber region” of East Asia—the Japanese Diet passed the Cyber Security Basic Act last year and the Government of Japan has just adopted and released its new “Cyber Security Strategy”. Further, the Japanese and U.S. governmentsRead More
This seminar discussed major policy issues and changes in Corporate Japan. Japan’s economy now seems to be on course for recovery. From a long-term perspective, however, an unprecedented demographic shift poses a tremendous challenge to the economy. Read More
Featured PROFESSOR JUN SAITO Keio University and Japan Economic Research Center Special Advisor to the Cabinet Moderator MS. JULIE CHON Global Head of Public Investment Strategy, Perry Capital. Professor Saito discussed the achievements of Abenomics and its remaining agenda. Focus was given to overcoming deflation, making progress in fiscal consolidation, and implementing structural reforms to achieve sustained growth of the Japanese economyRead More