Tsuyoshi Sunohara, senior writer at the Nihon Keizai Shimbun, addresses the audience as the keynote speaker for Japan in 2016.

Japan in the Year is an all-day symposium that gathers the top experts on Japan from think tanks, academia, the government, the press and the business and non-profit sectors to look at Japan’s domestic and international prospects for the coming year.

This event is held every January. Japan in 2018: A Year at the Look Ahead will be held at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace on January 18, 2018.

Now in its fifth year, the 2018 symposium is cosponsored by the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and is supported by the Keizai Koho Center (the Japan Institute for Social and Economic Affairs) and the National Association of Japan-America Societies. We are delighted to welcome Hiroyuki Tsurugi of Mitsui & Co. as the special guest.

Register Here at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

Agenda & Panelists

9:30 Registration (Lobby)

10:00 Welcome Remarks

  • James L. Schoff, Senior Fellow, Carnegie Endowment
  • Abigail Friedman, CEO of the Wisteria Group and Treasurer, Japan-America Society of Washington DC

10:15 First Panel: “Domestic Political, Economic, and Societal Prospects”

  • Peter Kelley, President
    National Association of Japan-America Societies (Panel Moderator)
  • Wataru Sawamura, Bureau Chief
    The Asahi Shimbun
  • Sheila A. Smith, Senior Fellow
    Council on Foreign Relations
  • James Zumwalt, Chief Executive Officer
    Sasakawa Peace Foundation USA

12:00 Networking Luncheon

12:45 Lunch Keynote: “Energy’s Role in U.S.-Japan Relations”

  • Mr. Hiroyuki Tsurugi, Mitsui & Co.
    Executive Managing Officer, Chief Operating Officer of Energy Business Unit I
  • Discussion featuring Jane Nakano (CSIS), Max Hori (Mitsui & Co., Ltd.), and Johnathan Elkind (Center on Global Energy Policy at Columbia University)
  • Moderated by: Matthew P. Goodman, CSIS
    William E. Simon Chair in Political Economy and Senior Adviser for Asian Economics
    Chairman of the Japan-America Society of Washington DC

2:00 Second Panel: “Japan’s Foreign Policy, Asia, and the US-Japan Relationship in 2018”

  • James L. Schoff, Senior Fellow
    Carnegie Endowment for International Peace (Panel Moderator)
  • Julie Chung, Japan Desk Director
    U.S. Department of State
  • Taisuke Mibae, Visiting Senior Fellow
    The Atlantic Council
  • Eric Sayers, Former Consultant to Pacific Command

3:30 End of Symposium


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