RJIF and CFR co-host an event on the Future of U.S.-Japan Relations

On the 29th October 2015, RJIF held a symposium “The Future of U.S.-Japan Relations” in collaboration with the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) Japan Studies program. This was the concluding event of the global publicity tour to promote RJIF’s recently published report, “Examining Japan’s Lost Decades.”

Over 80 experts from diverse fields and sectors including policymakers, business executives and academics, contributed to the very rich and lively discussions from two panel sessions that looked at the future economic architecture in the Asia-Pacific and the implications of China’s rise for US-Japan relations.


Session 1: The Economics of Asia

Takatoshi Ito, Professor of International and Public Affairs and Associate Director of Research, Center on Japanese Economy and Business, Columbia Business School

Adam Posen, President, Peterson Institute for International Economics, Author of “Examining Japan’s Lost Decades”, Chapter 2 ‘Monetary and fiscal policies during the lost decades’

Presider: Paul Sheard, Chief Global Economist, Head of Global Economics and Research, Standard & Poor’s

Session 2: The United States, Japan, and the Rise of China

Elizabeth C. Economy C.V.Starr Fellow and Director for Asia Studies, Council on Foreign Relations

Shiraishi Takashi, President, National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS); President, Institute of Developing Economies-JETRO, Author of “Examining Japan’s Lost Decades”, Chapter 11‘Japan’s Asia/ Asia-Pacific policy in flux’

Presider: Sheila Smith, Senior Fellow for Japan Studies, Council on Foreign Relations, Author of “Examining Japan’s Lost Decades”, Chapter 12 ‘Okinawa bases and the U.S.-Japan alliance’

Session 3: The Future of U.S.-Japan Relations

Yoichi Funabashi, Chairman of the Rebuild Japan Initiative Foundation (RJIF)

Richard N. Haass, President, Council on Foreign Relations

Presider: Tim W. Ferguson, Editor, Forbes Asia

For the videos/audio/transcripts of each session, please refer to:

Session 1
Session 2
Session 3