This Town: Japan’s Presence and Influence in DC

“This Town: Japan’s Presence and Influence in DC” was one of ten panel discussions that was held on October 4, 2013, during the 4th USJC Annual Conference.


Moderator: Dr. Kent Calder, Director, Reischauer Center for East Asian Studies, Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies
Mr. Hideaki Mizukoshi, Minister and Head of Chancery, Embassy of Japan in the United States of America
Dr. Mike M. Mochizuki, Associate Dean for Academic Programs, Elliott School of International Affairs,  The George Washington University
Mr. Tsunehiko Yanagihara, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Washington Office, Mitsubishi Corporation (Americas)


As U.S.-Japan relations become more important than ever in the constantly changing landscape of international politics, the role and value of Japanese interests groups in America cannot be overlooked. However, the essential question then becomes: In the bustling political hub of the United States that is Washington DC, how do Japanese individuals and organizations ensure Japan’s interests are advanced?  What is necessary to keep up with the dynamic, evolving political game in the Beltway?  This session engaged the audience in a discussion that addressed these questions. The panel included perspectives on Japan’s presence from the business, diplomatic, academic and legislative spheres to provide insights and lessons from inside and outside these political and policy circles; to evaluate how Japan’s current activities compare to past efforts and those of other countries; and to offer proposals on new ways for Japan to navigate DC to the greatest effect.