East Asia's Security Challenges and U.S.-Japan Relations

August 26, 2016 at 12pm - 2pm

On August 26, the Fish Family Foundation (FFF) and the USJC New England Chapter co-hosted a lunch lecture in Boston, welcoming Dr. Shinju Fujihira, Executive Director of the Program on U.S.-Japan Relations at the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs at Harvard University, as a featured speaker.

This talk was part of the Lecture Series led by Shoko Asei, a student intern at FFF, who received a summer grant from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. Ms. Asei warmly welcomed attendees represented by a rich variety of professions, including scholars, nonprofit and business professionals, as well as students and their friends and families. Lianna Kushi, USJC Associate, shared USJC’s goals and missions and elaborated on how the Council strives to strengthen U.S.-Japan relations through people-to-people relationships. Ms. Kushi also spoke about the USJC Annual Conference that will take place in Silicon Valley in November and encouraged the attendees to stay tuned for future events.

Ms. Kushi introduced Dr. Fujihira and expressed her enthusiasm for his presentation on such a timely topic concerning East Asia’s security challenges and the future of U.S.-Japan relations. During his 40-minute talk, Dr. Fujihira detailed the history of how the U.S.-Japan Security Alliance was shaped. He also explained some of the concerning trends and patterns recently observed in politics, as well as military and economic shifts suggested by recent statistics. Dr. Fujihira emphasized how East Asia today faces a number of sensitive security challenges, including territorial disputes and nuclear threats. He concluded by stressing that these problems would likely remain for decades and that it would be critical for the parties concerned to work closely together and manage the crisis.

Despite the serious nature of the topic, Dr. Fujihira kept attendees' attention with his witty humor. After the Q&A, the attendees enjoying networking and catching up with one another over sushi. We thank Dr. Fujihira for the insightful presentation.

USJC thanks the Fish Family Foundation for this recap and for organizing the event!