U.S.-Japan Bilateral Issues – New Opportunities

“U.S.-Japan Bilateral Issues – New Opportunities” was one of ten panel discussions that was held on October 4, 2013, during the 4th USJC Annual Conference.


Moderator: Dr. Michael Auslin, Resident Scholar in Asian and Security Studies, American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research
Speakers: Mr. James W. Fatheree, President & Chief Operation Officer, U.S.-Japan Business Council & Senior Director, Japan and Korea, U.S. Chamber of Commerce
Dr. Robert F. Smith, Vice President, Space and Cyber, Lockheed Martin Information Systems & Global Solutions (IS&GS) – Defense
Mr. Masaaki Tanaka, Deputy President, Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group, Inc.


This past year has seen a number of positive developments that have created a growing optimism and excitement about the U.S.-Japan relationship.  This session looked at how political, strategic, economic, trade and technology developments have created new opportunities in the relationship.  The panelists are policy experts and business leaders who offered insights into potential areas of growth and the steps needed to reach that potential to benefit both sides of the Pacific.  Looking at financial markets, trade relations, security partnerships and technology cooperation in areas such as cyber security, the session explored avenues for closer cooperation between the two countries.