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Public Diplomacy and the Evolution of US-Japan Relations

Wariness of political correctness and distrust of intellectuals has led to the proliferation of “post-truth” or “fake news”. That has made it more difficult to distinguish between the role of public diplomacy and outright propaganda. How the United States leverages its soft power could define Washington’s relations with key allies worldwide, including Japan. Join us for a discussion on the outlook for public diplomacy between Japan and the United States, and the challenges of political communications amid rapidly changing perspectives on national identity.

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  • Yasushi Watanabe

    Japan Scholar
    Professor, Keio University
  • Craig Hayden

    Diplomatic Mastery Program Coordinator, Foreign Service Institute, U.S. Dept. of State