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U.S. – Japan Strategic Alliance Series
The U.S.-Japan Security Alliance and Economic Relations at Work in Tennessee
March 1, 2023 • 9:00am – 1:30pm
The U.S. and Japan are facing a transformative time in history. Universal values such as democracy, freedom, rule of law, free enterprise and transparency are under attack by powers which are willing to use military force and economic pressure to advance their particularistic interests at the cost of international norms. The U.S. and Japan are natural and logical allies, as the two major powers share the same values and interests in the Indo-Pacific region and in the international order.
This U.S.-Japan Security Alliance and Economic Relations at Work in Tennessee symposium will examine how this crucial bilateral alliance is evolving to meet new geopolitical and geoeconomic challenges by engaging experts in both military and economic security.
9:00am Welcome Remarks
- Consul General Yoichi Matsumoto, Consulate – General of Japan in Nashville
- Marianne Wanamaker, Executive Director, Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy
- Satohiro Akimoto, Chairman and President, Sasakawa Peace Foundation USA
9:15am Panel: Modernizing the U.S. – Japan Alliance
- LtGen (Ret.) Lawrence “Larry” Nicholson, former Commanding General of III Marine Expeditionary Force
- LTG (Ret.) Koichiro Bansho, former Commanding General, JGSDF Western Army
- James Schoff, Sr. Director, Sasakawa Peace Foundation USA
- Moderator – Krista Wiegand, Director of Global Security, Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy
10:45am Panel: U.S. – Japan Economic Relations
- David Boling, Director, Japan & Asian Trade, Eurasia Group
- Masami Tyson
- Takuji Tanaka, Corporate Staff Section Adviser, Mitsubishi Corporation
- Moderator – Satohiro Akimoto, Chairman and President, Sasakawa Peace Foundation USA
12:25pm Lunch and In-Depth Conversation on Japan’s Integrated Security
- Ambassador Masafumi Ishii, former Ambassador of Japan to Indonesia
This event is cohosted by the Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy and the Sasakawa Peace Foundation USA. In-person participation for this event is by invitation only; however, it will be made available to attend virtually.