The United States and Japan are the two leading democratic economies in the world, and they share a close alliance that benefits both countries in areas extending from national security, trade, investment, finance, and science and technology to the arts, education, and culture. But the relationship has been evolving in new directions, especially since the end of the Cold War in the 1990s and recent changes in the security and economic environment in East Asia.
The inauguration of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in December 2012 has resulted in a renewed effort to revive Japan’s economy and to strengthen Japan’s national security policy. Both have important implications for the United States, which is a major trading and alliance partner of Japan, as reflected in the U.S.-Japan Treaty of Mutual Cooperation and Security.
Please join the Center for American Progress for a presentation on current directions in U.S.-Japan relations by Japan’s ambassador to the United States, Kenichiro Sasae. Following his presentation, a discussion and question-and-answer session will be chaired by CAP Senior Fellow Glen S. Fukushima.