US-Japan relations have been a core element of JCIE’s work since its start. Together, JCIE’s offices in Tokyo and New York have been pioneers in exchanges for legislators in the Japanese Diet and the US Congress, legislative aides, and other political leaders. These programs are complemented by a broad range of research and dialogues that explore critical issues in bilateral relations and that promote deeper, more meaningful US-Japan cooperation.



Japan 101 Course: Understanding US Japan Relations | 2020 Session

September 8–October 6, 2020 | Online

The first run of JCIE’s online course for Congressional Staff, which provides them with opportunities to meet e world’s top experts on US-Japan security, trade, and political issues.

Japan-US Legislators Dialogue: The Impact of Legislative Exchanges and Opportunities to Strengthen Bilateral Relations

May 19, 2020 | Online

JCIE and a coalition of US-Japan groups co-hosted a webinar bringing together Japanese and US legislators to discuss the importance of legislative exchange.

JCIE/USA Executive Seminar | The Congressional Agenda—Implications for US-Japan Relations

December 6, 2019 | New York

On December 6, two alumni of JCIE’s Congressional Staff Exchange program participated in JCIE/USA Roundtables in New York. The two senior Congressional staff—one Republican and one Democrat—spoke abou…

2019 US Young Political Leaders Delegation to Japan

November 16–26, 2019 | Tokyo, Kochi, Aichi

A bipartisan delegation of six state and local-level US political leaders visited Tokyo, Kochi Prefecture, and Aichi Prefecture for a series of meetings and roundtables with a variety of policymakers,…

2019 Japanese Diet Delegation to the US

September 17–20, 2019 | Washington DC

The 2019 US-Japan Parliamentary Exchange Program brought the 30th delegation of Japanese diet members and parliamentarians to the US, where they met and engaged in discussions with members of Congress…

Expert–Diet Member Delegation to the United States to Discuss US-Japan Cooperation on Democracy Support

September 17–20, 2019 | Washington DC

JCIE’s 30th Parliamentary Exchange Program featured a delegation that combined members of the Diet with experts in the field of democratic governance. The group traveled to the United States to explor…

Tadashi Yamamoto Memorial Seminar | Japan in the World: Sustaining Democracy

September 19, 2019 | Washington DC

This year’s Tadashi Yamamoto Memorial Seminar featured experts on democratic governance and human security who discussed Japan’s potential role in supporting democratic transitions in Asia. The second…

2019 US Congressional Staff Delegation

May 25–June 1, 2019 | Tokyo and Aichi

The 2019 US Congressional Staff Exchange Program brought the 28th delegation of US Congressional Staff to Japan, where they met and engaged in discussions with a wide range of Japanese leaders, cabine…

December 2018 US Young Political Leaders Delegation to Japan

December 1–11, 2018 | Tokyo, Gunma, Fukuoka

The 2018 US-Japan Young Political Leaders Exchange Program brought US state and local officials to Tokyo, Gunma, and Fukuoka to meet with Diet members, prefectural and local-level officials, policy ex…

JCIE/USA Executive Seminar | Post–Midterm Outlook for US Political & Economic Relations

November 29, 2018 | New York

Two top experts on US-Japan relations— Columbia University Professor Gerald Curtis and the Wall Street Journal’s Jacob Schlesinger—assessed the Democratic victory in the midterm elections and the pros…

JCIE/USA Executive Seminar | Congressional Agenda & US-Japan Relations in the 116th Congress

October 29, 2018 | New York

Two Congressional staffers, alumni of a JCIE/USA delegation to Japan, spoke to a gathering of business leaders and other experts in New York at a JCIE/USA executive seminar.

3rd US-Japan Global Health Dialogue

September 28, 2018 | Washington DC

The 3rd US-Japan Global Health Dialogue brought together nearly 50 senior government officials, legislators, health experts and leaders from international organizations to discuss what they can do tog…

Global Health Diet Roundtable | Evolution of America’s Bipartisan Support for Global Health

September 6, 2018 | Tokyo

JCIE’S inaugural Global Health Diet Roundtable convened six rising leaders in the Japanese Diet who are serving their first, second, or third terms, and it was organized as part of a roundtable series…

2018 Journalism Seminar | Diversity in the Trump Era

June 29, 2018 | Tokyo, Japan

In a June 29 public seminar, four fellows participating in JCIE’s 2018 US-Japan Journalism Fellowship reflected on how issues related to diversity are manifested in American politics and society today…

Diet Roundtable & Thought Leaders Seminar: Japan’s Support for the Liberal International Order

June 19–20, 2018 | Tokyo

JCIE organized a series of meetings on June 19–20 to explore Japan’s approach to supporting the liberal international order and democratic governance in Asia, including a roundtable with eight leading…


Navigating China Relations and the US-Japan Alliance

October 2020

In January 2020, the United States and Japan marked the 60th anniversary of the revised US-Japan Security Treaty. Steps to strengthen this relationship, which should not be taken for granted, include…

Five Steps to Bolster the US-Japan Alliance

March 2020

In January 2020, the United States and Japan marked the 60th anniversary of the revised US-Japan Security Treaty. Steps to strengthen this relationship, which should not be taken for granted, include…

The Crisis of US Credibility in East Asia

October 2019

The decision by the US Congress to open an impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump over his pressuring of Ukraine to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden has brought renewed attention t…

How a Small Dairy Store from Ohio Became One of the Biggest Names in the Japanese Convenience Store Industry

Adrian Ma

September 5, 2018

Japan and the United States have a long history of not only economic competition, but also cultural exchange. In the U.S., for instance, sushi and anime are popular. And the Japanese long ago adopted…

Japan Trade Officials and Companies Take a Nuanced Approach to US Tariffs

Adrian Ma

September 4, 2018

Adrian Ma explores the impact of the Trump administration’s 25 percent tariff on imported steel on Japan. How are Japanese companies and trade officials feeling about the president’s efforts to turn t…

Why This Hiroshima Survivor Dedicated His Life to Searching for the Families of 12 American POWs

Ibby Caputo

August 6, 2018

A moving portrait by our 2018 Journalism Fellow Ibby Caputo of Shigeaki Mori, a man who survived the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima and made it his life’s mission to seek recognition for the 12 Amer…

Postcard from a Japanese Steel Town

By Adrian Ma

August 1, 2018

JCIE Journalism Fellow Adrian Ma, a reporter based in the American Midwest, explores Japan’s oldest steel town, Kamaishi.

Becoming Strategic Partners: Lessons for NGOs and Government Agencies from the American Experience

Japan Center for International Exchange


An analaysis of how strategic partnerships in the development field between government and NGOs operate and why they emerged, drawing 10 lessons that shed light on how Japanese NGOs might also develop…

Common Ground and Common Obstacles: US-Japan Women Leaders Dialogue

Japan Center for International Exchange


Highlights of a two-day discussion among American and Japanese women leaders on the shared political, security, and societal challenges facing their countries and on ways to advance women’s leadership…

Japan Exasperated by Trump’s Trade Policies

Adam Behsudi

October 15, 2017

As US farmers suffer under high tariffs, Japanese officials are in no rush to cut a new trade deal with the United States.

Trump, Abe Talk Trade, Security

Interview with James Gannon

February 10, 2017

In an interview with Fred Katayama of Reuters, James Gannon offers insight to the changing relationship between President Trump and Prime Minister Abe, the impact of a bilateral free trade agreement,…

How to Manage Geopolitical Instability in East Asia

Hitoshi Tanaka, Senior Fellow, JCIE

February 2017

This issue discusses the concern surrounding Trump’s anti-globalization sentiment and the surge of populism associated with it, and how these developments may throw the international liberal economic…

Shoring Up the US-Japan Alliance under the Trump Administration

Hitoshi Tanaka, Senior Fellow, JCIE

December 2016

This edition of East Asia Insights discusses the sense of uncertainty regarding the future role of the United States in East Asian affairs, following President Trump’s election; the report focuses on…

No TPP Trade Deal? Some Japanese Farmers Say All the Better for Them

Julie Makinen

July 5, 2016

Rice farmer Takao Terada isn’t following the U.S. presidential election too closely. But there’s one issue that both Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton seem to agree on — that the U.S. should not ratify…

Trump’s Rhetoric and the Future of the US-Japan Alliance

Hitoshi Tanaka, Senior Fellow, JCIE

July 2016

This issue discusses the question that has been brought up by the results of the US election: Will US alliance relationships, including the alliance with Japan, weaken as part of the retreat to isolat…