What Obama's 2nd Term or Romney Administration Means for U.S.-Japan Relations

U.S.-Japan Relations & the World after the 2012 U.S. Presidential Election

Tuesday, September 18, 2012, 1:00-4:00 pm, at Japan Society

New York, NY –As the balance of political and economic power shifts toward the Pacific, questions abound about foreign policy changes that could occur under a second term from President Obama or a Romney administration. However, domestic issues have taken center stage, and details about any potential changes have been scarce.

Japan Society and The Nikkei, Japan's leading business newspaper, co-organize U.S.-Japan Relations & the World after the 2012 U.S. Presidential Election to address potential policy shifts after the 2012 U.S. presidential election, and how these changes may affect U.S.-Japan relations.Featuring The Atlantic’s Steve Clemons, CSIS’s Michael J. Green, and Marubeni America Corporation’s Takashi Imamura, and moderated by Wall Street Journal’s John Bussey, this seminar takes an in-depth look at the candidates' visions for the world, and examines how their policies will affect the economy and relations in the Pacific and worldwide.

Agenda: 1:00 pm, registration; 1:30, panel discussion and Q&A; 3:15-4:00, reception.

Admission: This is a free event open to the public; pre-registration is mandatory. Seating is available on a first come, first served basis. To register or for more information, please email, visit, or call 212-715-1208.

Michael Green is a senior adviser and holds the Japan Chair at CSIS, and an associate professor of international relations at Georgetown University. He previously served as special assistant to the president for national security affairs and senior director for Asian affairs at the National Security Council (NSC), from January 2004 to December 2005, after joining the NSC in April 2001 as director of Asian affairs with responsibility for Japan, Korea, and Australia/New Zealand. His current research and writing is focused on Asian regional architecture, Japanese politics, U.S. foreign policy history, the Korean peninsula, Tibet, Burma, and U.S.-India relations. Dr. Green speaks fluent Japanese and spent over five years in Japan working as a staff member of the National Diet, as a journalist for Japanese and American newspapers, and as a consultant for U.S. business. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the International Institute for Strategic Studies, and the Aspen Strategy Group. He is also vice chair of the congressionally mandated Japan-U.S. Friendship Commission and serves on the advisory boards of the Center for a New American Security and Australian American Leadership Dialogue and the editorial board of The Washington Quarterly.

Steve Clemons is Washington Editor-At-Large for The Atlantic and Editor-in-Chief of AtlanticLIVE, where he develops concepts and editorial content and leads programs as an interviewer, moderator, and host. Clemons joined The Atlantic in June 2011 from the New America Foundation, a think tank devoted to pragmatic, non-ideological policy innovation, and intellectual entrepreneurship. He helped launch the Foundation twelve years ago, served as its Executive Vice President for eight years, founded its American Strategy Program, and continues to serve there as a Senior Fellow. Clemons also served as Executive Vice President of the Economic Strategy Institute, as Senior Policy Advisor on Economic and International Affairs to Senator Jeff Bingaman (D-NM), and as the first Executive Director of the Nixon Center. He is also a member of the World Economic Forum Council on Geopolitical Risk. Clemons was one of Washington’s early political bloggers, publishing the widely read and influential Washington Note, now included in the family of blogs at He frequently writes about topics related to foreign policy, defense, and international economic policy. Clemons’ work has appeared in many of the major leading op-ed pages, journals, and magazines around the world.

Takashi Imamura is Vice President and General Manager of Marubeni America Corporation in Washington, D.C. Previously, he was Chief Economist at Marubeni’s Research Institute. From 1993 to 1994, Mr. Imamura was on special assignment with the World Bank’s international economics department and from 1991 to 1993, he served as an economist with the Japan Center for Economic Research. Mr. Imamura holds a B.A. from Hitotsubashi University and is a member of the Japan Society of Social Science on Latin America.

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Co-organized by Nikkei America, Inc., with support from Toyota Motor North America, Canon USA, Mizuho Corporate Bank, Marubeni America Corporation, KDDI America, and Nippon Life America.

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