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The U.S.-Japan Bilateral Economic Relationship: Past, Present, and Future

March 9, 2017 • 9:00 am – 12:30 pm EST

Please join the Simon Chair in Political Economy on March 9th, 2017 for a discussion of the past, present, and future of U.S.-Japan bilateral economic relationship. Recent years have seen a marked strengthening of the U.S.-Japan alliance, helped by an improving economic relationship that is a critical component of the overall strategic partnership. However, economic ties between the world's two largest market economies have not always been so smooth, and the legacy of earlier tensions remains evident in the politics on both side of the Pacific. We hope you will join us on March 9th to explore the history of U.S.-Japan economic relations, how they have evolved through the present, and the opportunities and risks for the relationship under the new administration.


9:00am: Welcome and Introduction

Matthew P. Goodman
Simon Chair in Political Economy and Senior Adviser for Asian Economics, CSIS 

9:10am: Keynote Address 

The Honorable Joaquin Castro (D-TX)
Founding Co-Chair, Congressional U.S.-Japan Caucus
Member, House Foreign Affairs and Select Intelligence Committees 

10:00am: The Past, Present, and Future of the Relationship 

A panel discussion with:
Richard Samuels 
Ford International Professor of Political Science and Director of the Center for International Studies, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Shihoko Goto 
Senior Associate for Northeast Asia, Woodrow Wilson Center

Yumiko Murakami
Head, OECD Tokyo Center

Moderated by:
Matthew P. Goodman
Simon Chair in Political Economy and Senior Adviser for Asian Economics, CSIS 

11:25am: Strategic Partnership, Local Impact 

An armchair conversation with:
Benjamin H. Wu
Deputy Secretary and Chief Operating Officer, Maryland Department of Commerce

Rob Sharpe
Senior Vice President, Hitachi Automotive Systems America, Ltd.

Moderated by:
Abigail Friedman
Founder and CEO, The Wisteria Group, and Senior Associate (Non-resident), Simon Chair in Political Economy, CSIS

Abigail Friedman

Abigail Friedman

Senior Associate (Non-resident), Economics Program