New Shimoda Conference: Revitalizing Japan-US Strategic Partnership for a Changing World

Japan Center for International Exchange
2011

This conference report details the findings and recommendations of the participants of the New Shimoda Conference organized by JCIE in Tokyo on February 22, 2011, which convened US and Japanese parliamentarians and other senior leaders for high-level discussions on how to build momentum within each of their countries toward renewed bilateral partnership. The contents of this report came out of the lively discussions held during Shimoda Conference and include remarks by senior US and Japanese political leaders such as US Senator Jim Webb and US Representative Diana DeGette, former Japanese Deputy Chief Cabinet Secretary Motohisa Furukawa, and Foreign Minister Seiji Maehara, as well as papers by leading experts Charles Morrison, Gerald Curtis, and Hitoshi Tanaka.
 
Their findings include reflections on the evolvement of the US-Japan relationship since the first Shimoda Conference was held in 1967, as well as recommendations on what both Japan and the United States should be doing to ensure the kind of healthy and sustainable bilateral relationship needed to tackle the myriad challenges facing the region and the world.
 
The full report is available for download above, or by clicking on individual chapters below.

Contents

1. Foreword 
Tadashi Yamamoto, President, Japan Center for International Exchange (JCIE)
2. Summary: The New Shimoda Conference—Summary of a Dialogue
Charles E. Morrison, President, East-West Center 
3. Remarks
Diana DeGette 
Member, US House of Representatives 
Motohisa Furukawa
Member, House of Representatives of Japan; former Deputy Chief Cabinet Secretary 
Jim Webb
Member, US Senate; Chairman, Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on East Asian and Pacific Affairs; Chairman, Senate Armed Services Subcommittee on Personnel
Seiji Maehara
Foreign Minister of Japan
4. Background Papers
Future Directions in US-Japan Relations
Gerald L. Curtis, Burgess Professor of Political Science, Columbia University
US-Japan Relations: Past, Present, and Future
Hitoshi Tanaka, Senior Fellow, JCIE; Chairman, Institute for International Strategy, Japan Research Institute 
5. Appendix

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