Dr. Yoichi Funabashi, Chairman of RJIF, participated in Sasakawa USA’s Fourth Annual Security Forum, “The U.S.-Japan Alliance: Foundation of Asian Security,” held on May 2, 2017 in Washington, D.C. He spoke at the panel “Asia Policy under the Trump and Abe Administrations.”
Dr. Funabashi talked about the impact of ‘Trump Shock’ on the future of the U.S.-Japan alliance and its wider implications for the Asia-Pacific region, particularly upon ASEAN. He explained the importance of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, which the United States has pulled out of. Other topics which he discussed included: the growing tensions on the Korean peninsula, the dangers of the Trump administration’s transactional approach to foreign policy, and the opportunity for Japan to play a larger role in maintaining the liberal international order.