New Shimoda Conference

February 22, 2011
Tokyo, Japan
Revitalizing Japan-US Strategic Partnership for a Changing World

On February 22, the New Shimoda Conference convened top leaders from Japan and the United States in Tokyo to discuss how to strengthen Japan-US relations at a crucial point in our bilateral relations. Participants consisted of senior figures and promising, emerging leaders from politics, business, and the policy community. At a time when US-Japan parliamentary dialogue has waned, this included a six-member delegation of US Congressional members—one of the largest Congressional delegations to visit Japan in recent years—as well as leading Diet members from all of the major political parties.

In 1967, the initial Shimoda Conference brought together top Japanese and American leaders from different walks of life for the first high-level policy dialogue between the two countries. This meeting and JCIE’s subsequent Shimoda Conferences, which were held at important turning points in US-Japan relations, came to be seen as a symbol of Japan’s emergence on the international stage and as the starting point for a more equal and vibrant partnership with the United States. With US-Japan relations at another critical turning point, the New Shimoda Conference was intended to help build new momentum for both countries to rededicate themselves to investing in the long-term future of the bilateral relationship and to expand their joint regional and global contributions. The conference was convened on the occasion of JCIE’s 40th anniversary.

The main conference was followed the next day by a meeting of emerging leaders in the field of US-Japan relations. In April, a follow-up meeting was held in Washington DC to further expand the discussions. The meetings resulted in a publication, New Shimoda Conference: Revitalizing Japan-US Strategic Partnership for a Changing World. 

Opening Session

Opening by Convenor: Tadashi Yamamoto, President, Japan Center for International Exchange (JCIE)

Opening Remarks: Hon. Diana DeGette, Member, US House of Representatives Hon. Motohisa Furukawa, Member, House of Representatives of Japan; former Deputy Chief Cabinet Secretary

Session I: Taking Stock of the Japan-US Relationship

Summary of Background Paper: Hitoshi Tanaka, Senior Fellow, Japan Center for International Exchange; Chairman, Institute for International           Strategy; former Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan

Session II: The Role of Japan-US Relations in a Changing Asia

Luncheon Meeting

Remarks: H.E. Ichiro Fujisaki, Ambassador of Japan to the United States

Keynote Speech: Hon. Jim Webb, Member, US Senate; Chairman, US Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on East Asian and Pacific Affairs; Chairman, Senate Armed Services Subcommittee on Personnel

Session III: Deepening Japan-US Cooperation on Global Issues

Session IV: The Agenda for Japan-US Relations: What Needs to be Done?

Wrap-up Remarks: Hon. Motohisa Furukawa, Member, House of Representatives of Japan; former Deputy Chief Cabinet Secretary Hon. Diana DeGette, Member, US House of Representatives Tadashi Yamamoto, President, JCIE

Dinner Hosted by Foreign Minister of Japan

Special Address for New Shimoda Conference Hon. Seiji Maehara, Foreign Minister of Japan

Barnett BaronExecutive Vice President, The Asia Foundation
David BowenDeputy Director, Global Health Policy and Advocacy, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
Darren BuckleyRepresentative Director, President and CEO, Citigroup Japan Holdings; Representative Director, President, and CEO, Citibank Japan; Director, Citigroup Global Markets Japan
Kent E. CalderDirector, Edwin O. Reischauer Center for East Asian Studies, School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), Johns Hopkins University
Steve DavisPsychiatrist
Susan A. DavisMember, US House of Representatives (Democratic Party, California); Ranking Member, House Armed Services Committee on Military Personnel
Diana DeGetteMember, US House of Representatives (Democratic Party, Colorado); Ranking Member, House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigation; Chief Deputy Minority Whip, House Democratic Leadership
Martin E. FacklerCorrespondent in Tokyo, New York Times
Robert Alan FeldmanManaging Director, Morgan Stanley MUFG Securities
James FosterDirector, Corporate Affairs, Microsoft Japan; former Director, Korean Peninsular Affairs, US Department of State
Glen S. FukushimaChairman and Director, Airbus Japan; former Deputy Assistant United States Trade Representative for Japan and China
James GannonExecutive Director, Japan Center for International Exchange (JCIE/USA)
Mazie K. HironoMember, US House of Representatives (Democratic Party, Hawaii); House Committee on Education and the Workforce; House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure
Daniel M. KlimanVisiting Fellow, Center for a New American Security
Charles D. Lake IIVice Chairman, US-Japan Business Council; Chairman and Representative in Japan, Aflac Japan
Phillip LipscyAssistant Professor, Stanford University
Nita LoweyMember, US House of Representatives (Democratic Party, New York); Ranking Member, House Appropriations Subcommittee on Foreign Operations
Stephen LoweyChairman, Lowey Dannenberg Cohen & Hart
Marta McLellan RossLegislative Assistant, Foreign Policy, Office of Senator Jim Webb
Charles MorrisonPresident, East-West Center
Leighton OshimaPartner, Wong Oshima Law Office
Saadia M. PekkanenJob and Gertrud Tamaki Professor, Jackson School of International Studies, University of Washington
Tom PetriMember, US House of Representatives (Republican Party, Wisconsin); Chairman, House Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee on Aviation
Thierry PorteOperating Partner, J. C. Flowers and Company; US Chairman, US-Japan Conference on Cultural and Educational Interchange (CULCON)
Amy SearightSenior Advisor, Asia Bureau, United States Agency for International Development (USAID)
Jacob SchlesingerJapan Editor-in-Chief, Tokyo bureau, Wall Street Journal /Dow Jones Newswires
Hong Le Webb 
Jim WebbMember, US Senate (Democratic Party, Virginia), Chairman, Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on East Asian and Pacific Affairs; Chairman, Senate Armed Services Subcommittee on Personnel
James P. ZumwaltDeputy Chief of Mission, Embassy of the United States of America in Japan
 

Keiichiro Asao

Member, House of Representatives (Your Party)

Yutaka Aso

President and CEO, Lafarge Aso Cement

Keiko Chino

Columnist, Sankei Shimbun

Ichiro Fujisaki

Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Japan to the United States of America

Hidetoshi Fujisawa

Chief Commentator, NHK Japan Broadcasting Corporation

Motohisa Furukawa

Member, House of Representatives (Democratic Party of Japan: DPJ); former Deputy Chief Cabinet Secretary

Susumu Harada

Senior Director, US Meat Export Federation

Paul Hajime Hasegawa

Chairman and Executive Director, COSMO

Yoshimasa Hayashi

Member, House of Councillors (Liberal Democratic Party: LDP); Deputy Chairman, General Assembly of LDP Members in the House of Councillors; former Minister of Defense

Keiko Honda

Director, McKinsey and Company

Yuichi Hosoya

Associate Professor, Keio University

Hisayoshi Ina

Foreign Policy Columnist, Nikkei Inc.

Koichi Kato

Member, House of Representatives (LDP); former Chief Cabinet Secretary

Hideko Katsumata

Managing Director and Executive Secretary, Japan Center for International Exchange

Iwao Kimura

Project General Manager, Overseas External Affairs Division, Toyota Motor Corporation

Kazuyuki Kinbara

Director, International Affairs Bureau, Nippon Keidanren

Shuhei Kishimoto

Member, House of Representatives (DPJ)

Yotaro Kobayashi

Former Chairman of the Board, Fuji Xerox

Shinjiro Koizumi

Member, House of Representatives (LDP)

Jun’etsu Komatsu

Managing Director, Shibusawa Eiichi Memorial Foundation

Taro Kono

Member, House of Representatives (LDP)

Kenji Kosaka

Member, House of Councillors (LDP); Secretary-General for the LDP in the House of Councillors; former Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology

Fumiaki Kubo

A. Barton Hepburn Professor of American Government and History, Graduate Schools for Law and Politics, University of Tokyo

Minoru Makihara

Senior Corporate Advisor, Mitsubishi Corporation; Cochair, US-Japan Conference on Cultural and Educational Interchange (CULCON)

Satoru Mori

Professor, Hosei University

Hiroyuki Nagahama

Member, House of Councillors (DPJ); former Senior Vice-Minister of Health, Labour and Welfare

Akihisa Nagashima

Member, House of Representatives (DPJ)

Osamu Nagata

Managing Officer, Toyota Motor Corporation

Toshihiro Nakayama

Professor, Aoyama Gakuin University

Takeshi Niinami

President & CEO, Lawson

Masashi Nishihara

President, Research Institute for Peace and Security

Mie Oba

Commissioner, Atomic Energy Commission; Associate Professor, Faculty of Engineering, Tokyo University of Science

Yoshinori Ohno

Member, House of Representatives (LDP)

Masao Okonogi

Professor, Keio University

Ryo Sahashi

Research Fellow, Japan Center for International Exchange; Associate Professor, Kanagawa University

Ken Shibusawa

CEO, Shibusawa and Company

Masahide Shibusawa

President, Shibusawa Eiichi Memorial Foundation; Representative Director, MRA Foundation

Akihiko Tanaka

Professor, International Politics and Executive Vice-President, University of Tokyo

Hitoshi Tanaka

Senior Fellow, Japan Center for International Exchange; Chairman, Institute for International Strategy, Japan Research Institute

Naoki Tanaka

President, Center for International Public Policy Studies

Shinji Tarutoko

Member, House of Representatives (DPJ)

Vivian Tokai

Chief Diversity Officer, Citibank Japan

Kiyomi Tsujimoto

Member, House of Representatives (Independent); former Senior Vice Minister of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism

Kazuyoshi Umemoto

Director-General, North American Affairs Bureau, Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Koji Watanabe

Senior Fellow, Japan Center for International Exchange; Former Ambassador to Russia

Taizo Yakushiji

Research Counsellor, Institute for International Policy Studies; Visiting Professor, National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS)

Tadashi Yamamoto

President, Japan Center for International Exchange

Kunihiko Yamaoka

Vice Chairman of Editorial Board, Yomiuri Shimbun

Yukio Yoshimura

Executive Officer, Head of Government Affairs, Citigroup Japan Holdings

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