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Japan in the Year 2024

Date & Time

Jan. 25, 2024
9:00am – 12:00pm ET


6th Floor Flom Auditorium, Woodrow Wilson Center
and Online



At its 10th annual Japan in the Year conference, the Japan-America Society of Washington DC partnered with the Wilson Center to discuss what’s in store for the year ahead in Japan’s foreign policy and domestic affairs.

As the war in Ukraine continues and tensions in the Middle East persist, 2024 will be a year that will be defined by uncertainties. Elections are scheduled across the world, including Asia. As a result, Japan’s global leadership will be critical to ensure stability in an uncertain world. At the same time, a stronger US-Japan relationship will be at the heart of ensuring peace across the Indo-Pacific and to promote a rules-based order in the region.

Japan has emerged as a global leader on a wide range of key issues that transcend its own border, from economic architecture to non-proliferation and climate change. It has furthered existing relations with the United States, enhanced ties with Australia, and taken significant steps to working together with South Korea and the United States for trilateral cooperation. Japan has emerged as a diplomatic powerhouse, acting as a trusted partner to bridge the Middle East as well as Southeast Asia to complement Washington.  

Still, Prime Minister Fumio Kishida faces significant challenges at home, not least economic management, cabinet scandals, and possibility of leadership change raise questions about whether Japan itself can enjoy the consistent leadership that may be required for Japan to realize its potential for global leadership at a time when it is greatly needed. 

Join us for a discussion on what lies ahead for Japan in the world in the year of mounting challenges. Please click on the word "agenda" above to see a detailed schedule.


Rahm Emanuel (Prerecorded)

Ambassador of the United States of America to Japan


Ambassador Mark Green

Ambassador Mark A. Green

President & CEO, Wilson Center

Shigeo Yamada (Prerecorded)

Ambassador of Japan to the United States of America


Shihoko Goto

Shihoko Goto

Director, Indo-Pacific Program
A formal photo of Ryan Shaffer

Ryan Shaffer

President, The Japan-America Society of Washington D.C.


A headshot of David Boling

David Boling

Director, Japan and Asian Trade, Eurasia Group
A portrait of Saori Katada

Saori Katada

Professor of International Relations and Director, Center for International Studies, University of Southern California
Kotaro Shiojiri

Kotaro Shiojiri

Japan Foundation Visiting Fellow;
Legal Officer, Yoshimine Law Offices

Mieko Nakabayashi

Professor, Faculty of Social Sciences, Waseda University

Grace Park

Director, Japan Policy, Indo-Pacific Security Affairs/East Asia, Office of the Secretary of Defense 

Frank Jannuzi

President and CEO, Maureen and Mike Mansfield Foundation

Hosted By

Indo-Pacific Program

The Indo-Pacific Program promotes policy debate and intellectual discussions on US interests in the Asia-Pacific as well as political, economic, security, and social issues relating to the world’s most populous and economically dynamic region.   Read more

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