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Mansfield Committee on U.S.-Japan Relations

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This committee comprises participants drawn from the American and Japanese policy communities thought likely to directly participate in or influence U.S.-Japan relations at a political level in the next five to ten years.   The committee addresses the full range of challenges and opportunities facing the U.S.-Japan relationship with the intent of deepening individual understanding of the issues and forging cooperative relationships between the participants—objectives that may benefit policymakers in both Washington and Tokyo for years to come.  Consisting of four meetings over two years, the program’s first two meetings, in Montana (June 2010) and Hawaii (January 2011), featured open and frank dialogue among participants resulting in targeted policy recommendations on matters of contemporary  concern to both governments.  The third meeting is scheduled for June, 2011 in Tokyo and Hakone, and the fourth and final meeting will be in Washington, D.C. the following October.
Committee Membership includes the following American and Japanese experts and officials:


Akiyama Nobumasa

Associate Professor Hitotsubashi University and Adjunct Fellow, Japan Institute of International Affairs (JIIA)

Arai Yusuke

Minister-Counselor Embassy of Japan in Seoul

Michael Auslin

Director of Japan Studies
American Enterprise Institute (AEI)

Suzanne Basalla

Senior Advisor to the Ambassador
U.S. Embassy, Tokyo

Ralph Cossa

Pacific Forum CSIS

Paige Cottingham-Streater

Deputy Executive Director, The Maureen and Mike Mansfield Foundation

L. Gordon Flake

Executive Director, The Maureen and Mike Mansfield Foundation

Brad Glosserman

Executive Director, Pacific Forum CSIS

Michael Green

Senior Advisor and Japan Chair, CSIS, and Associate Professor, Georgetown University

Hayashi Yoshimasa

Member, House of Councilors
Liberal Democratic Party

Frank Jannuzi

Senior Professional Staff Member, Senate Committee on Foreign Relations

Kato Yoichi

Senior Staff Writer
Asahi Shimbun


Chairman and Representative in Japan,
Aflac Japan and Vice Chairman, The Maureen and Mike Mansfield Foundation

Amy E. Searight

Senior Policy Advisor for Asia, USAID

Serizawa Kiyoshi

Director, Equipment Policy Division, Bureau of Finance and Equipment, Ministry of Defense, Japan

Sheila A. Smith

Senior Fellow for Japan Studies
Council on Foreign Relations (CFR)

Sugawa Kiyoshi

Senior Researcher of the Policy Research Committee and Special
Researcher of Cabinet Secretariat
Democratic Party Japan

Ueki Chikako Kawakatsu

Professor, Graduate School of Asia Pacific Studies, Waseda University


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