CGP supports U.S.-Japan cooperative research together with prominent U.S. thinktanks with the aim to strengthen intellectual exchange between the U.S. and Japan and foster the next generation of Japan and U.S. specialists. This section details each of the thinktanks that have cooperated and participated in initiatives with their Japanese counterparts.
Dr. Nagao Satoru has been appointed as a Visiting Fellow at Hudson Institute to transmit the importance of Japan not only in the context of U.S.-Japan relations, but in relevance to the security of the Asia-Pacific region. Dr. Nagao is researching assessments on measures taken by Japan, U.S., and India to increase military powers in Vietnam, Singapore, and Sri Lanka. He has authored numerous articles on strengthening Japan-India relations, such as“The Deepening of Japan-India Relations into Allies,” and was a speaker at a public seminar“Realizing a Free and Peaceful Indo-Pacific.”
Since 2012, as part of the endeavor to expand Asia research, a senior post was established for a Japan specialist with knowledge on issues such as Japanese politics, economy, and society. This position has been filled by James L. Schoff as a full-time senior associate, who has published theses, made media statements, held seminars, and given policy advice to senior U.S. government officials.
A post for Japan-related policy research was established with the aim of raising interest in Japan among U.S. policymakers and strengthening the foundation of intellectual exchange with the U.S. This position has been filled by Mireya Solís. To encourage understanding of Japanese policy, Professor Solís holds public and private seminars, as well as events, in Washington, D.C. and has published various articles in journals, newspapers, and online. She also actively undertakes meetings and discussions relating to Japanese policy with Japan specialists, legislators, and members of government.
※Titles and affiliations below are at the time of the grants provided.
On November 18, 2009, a high-level workshop was held in Tokyo, titled “U.S.-China-Japan Clean Energy Cooperation”, which was participated by Akihiro Sawa (21st Century Public Policy Institute)、Masayuki Sasanouchi (Toyota Motor Corporation), Yoshihara Tachibana (The Tokyo Electric Power Co., Inc.)、Takashi Hongo (Japan Bank for International Cooperation), and Izuru Kobayashi (METI) for Japan. Furthermore, the following Japanese Visiting Fellows conducted researches at the Brookings Institution during the grant period.
On April 14, 2009, a meeting was held in Washington, D.C. hosted together with the Ocean Policy Research Foundation under the topic “Protecting the Seas: Maritime Security, America's Interests and Asia's Future.” At this meeting Masahiro Akiyama (Ocean Policy Research Foundation) and Koji Murata (Doshisha University) from Japan spoke as panelists.
From February 27, 2009 to March 1, the “U.S.-Japan-India Strategic Dialogue” was held in Tokyo. Yoshiyuki Kasai (Central Japan Railway Company) and Shinichi Kitaoka (University of Tokyo) participated for Japan.
From April 6 - 8, 2009, the “Japan-United States-Australia Trilateral Strategic Dialogue” was held in Hawaii. Kazuya Sakamoto (Osaka University) and Kazumasa Kusaka (Dentsu Inc.) participated for Japan.
A cooperative research team with Waseda University was established to explore the theme “Global Openness and the U.S.-Japan Partnership.” During the grant period from March 2008 to December 2011, the team worked with the aim of researching openness as it relates to trade between Japan and the U.S. as well as investment and also provided advice to policy makers. The research results were compiled under the title “The United States, Japan and Free Trade: Moving in the Same Direction?” and are published on the RAND Corporation website.
On July 27, 2009, a workshop was held in Washington, D.C. under the theme “A U.S.-Japan Conversation on the Rise of China and India: Structural Shifts and Policy Consequences.” Ryosei Kokubun (Keio University) and Chiharu Takenaka (Rikkyo University) from Japan participated. In July of 2014, another research results were published in a report titled “Japan’s New Politics and the U.S.-Japan Alliance” and were also presented at round table events held both in Tokyo (July, 2014) and New York (February, 2014).
Over the three years from January 2012, the East-West Center provided 3-month and 6-month fellowships for Japanese people living in the U.S., young researchers, and analysts specializing in Japan or the Japan-U.S. partnership. The fellows had the opportunity to exchange with policy makers and researchers in Washington, D.C. and in addition to presenting their published theses and research papers also reported their findings at a public event. The first year fellows were Llewellyn Hughes (George Washington University), Crystal Pryor (University of Washington), Somei Kobayashi (University of Tokyo), and Hideshi Futori (Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, Harvard University). The second year fellows were Sean Connell (POSCO Fellow, East West Center), Ian E. Rinehart (Congressional Research Service), and Rikako Watai (Keio University). The third year fellows were Mary McCarthy (Drake University), Ender Ricart (University of Chicago), and Aiko Shimizu (Sasakawa Peace Foundation).