Mansfield Committee on U.S.-Japan Relations

Mansfield Committee on U.S.-Japan Relations


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 three meetings, in Montana (June 2010), Hawaii (January 2011), and Tokyo (June 2011), featured open and frank dialogue among participants resulting in targeted policy recommendations on matters of contemporary  concern to both governments.  The fourth and final meeting will be in Washington, D.C. in September 2011.

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 President 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
Michael Green Senior Advisor and Japan Chair, CSIS, and Associate Professor,
Georgetown University
Hayashi Yoshimasa Member, House of CouncilorsLiberal Democratic Party
Frank Jannuzi Senior Professional Staff Member, Senate Committee on Foreign Relations
Kato Yoichi Senior Staff Writer Asahi Shimbun
Charles Lake Chairman and Representative in Japan,Aflac Japan and
Vice Chairman, The Maureen and Mike
Mansfield Foundation
Amy E. Searight Senior Policy Advisor for Asia,
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 Specia lResearcher of Cabinet Secretariat Democratic Party Japan
Ueki Chikako Kawakatsu Professor, Graduate School of Asia Pacific Studies, Waseda University


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