"A legacy of peace: the US-Japan partnership after 70 years"

Friday, February 27, 2015

“A legacy of peace: the US-Japan partnership after 70 years”

Conference Report is available HERE

Seventy years after the end of the Pacific War, the United States and Japan have forged a vibrant and valuable partnership. Today, the two countries constitute one of the strongest alliance relationships in the world. The next generation will inherit this partnership and the responsibility to build upon it and make it stronger and more relevant still. This workshop will bring together Young Leaders and next-generation Americans and Japanese to examine the meaning and importance of the relationship, the political legacies of the war, and to develop ways to improve their partnership. The meeting is made possible by the generous support of the Japan US Friendship Commission and the Pacific Forum.


Session 1: Reviewing the data

Chair: Brad Glosserman, Executive Director, Pacific Forum
What do the attitude surveys reveal about the relationship? How did we get here? What is the appropriate level of partnership? What are the opportunities for the US-Japan partnership? What are the obstacles?

Session 2: Evaluating the 70th anniversary
How do we think about it? What does it mean? Where should we focus our efforts? Why?

Luncheon Keynote:
Professor Denny Roy, Senior Fellow and Supervisor of POSCO Fellowship Program, East-West Center, on “The political legacies of the World War II ”

Session 3: Breakout discussions

Questions to consider: What are meaningful ways to commemorate the war, 70 years of peace, and the relationship? What are innovative ways to move the relationship forward? Each group will appoint a scribe and presenter and bring the group’s top 5 recommendations to the plenary.

Session 4: Plenary session

Breakout groups will present their conclusions. The entire group will create a list of concrete recommendations on how the next generation thinks the US-Japan partnership can move forward.