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JASSW Presents Lecture Event

University of Tokyo Professor Yoshiaki Tanaka gives a key note lecture in the Japan-America Society of the State of Washington's symposium on March 31. Photo by Minami Endo/ The North American Post

By The North American Post

The Japan-America Society of the State of Washington presented a half day symposium titled “Update on Japan’s Role in Asia — Japan’s Importance in the Future of Asia” at Hilton Seattle Downtown on March 31. Several speakers gave presentations and discussions about the impact and issues of the Asian Region’s economy, politics and foreign policy with regards to the US-Japan alliance.

Discussion topics included Japan’s foreign policy after the Cold War by Akihiko Tanaka, a professor of University of Tokyo; Abenomics and the Japanese economy by Daisuke Karakama of Mizuho Bank; regional security and law by Mariko Kawano, professor of Waseda University; and Japan’s role in Asia by Tosh Minohara, a professor of Kobe University, Bonji Ohara of the Tokyo Foundat ion, James Auer, an emeritus professor of Vanderbilt University and Glen Fukushima of the Center for American Progress.

Over 100 attendees shared updated information and opinions about the regional issues of Asian countries during the symposium, which was held before the JASSW’s annual meeting.

Tanaka said that such a symposium is a great opportunity to share various ideas and opinions about Japan’s role and policies, especially to an American audience in English.

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