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 2019: A Look at the Year Ahead

Date: Tuesday, January 22, 2019
Time: 9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Location: Carnegie Endowment for International Peace (1779 Massachusetts Ave NW)

Challenges, opportunities, and major milestones await Japan in 2019, notably the accession and enthronement of a new emperor in April. In addition, Japan will host the G20 Summit in Osaka, conduct a House of Councillors election, implement new National Defense Guidelines and a new foreign worker law, and start free trade negotiations with the Trump administration. Sheila A. Smith and Masahiro Kawai will join two panels of leading experts from academia, business, and the media to consider a broad range of political, economic, security, and societal issues likely to impact Japan and the U.S.-Japan alliance in the year ahead.

This event is cosponsored by the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace with support from the National Association of Japan-America Societies.

Register here for the event.


9:30am to 9:45 a.m.

9:45 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
Welcome Remarks
James L. Schoff, Abigail Friedman

10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Priorities for the U.S.-Japan Alliance in 2019
Sheila A. Smith

11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Japan’s Domestic Political and Economic Prospects in 2019
Mikio Sugeno, Hiroki Takeuchi, Yuki Tatsumi
Moderator: James L. Schoff

12:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
International and Asia Trade Dynamics in 2019
Masahiro Kawai

2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Japan’s Foreign Policy, Asia, and the US-Japan Relationship in 2019
Eric Altbach, Shihoko Goto, Toshihiro Nakayama
Moderator: Matthew P. Goodman

Past Japan in the Year Programs

The 2018 symposium was 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 were delighted to welcome Hiroyuki Tsurugi of Mitsui & Co. as the special guest.

2018 Highlights:
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Livestream Video >>

2017 Highlights:
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2016 Highlights:
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Storify article (contains excerpts of livetweets, photos) >>
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2015 Highlights:
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