6th Floor, Woodrow Wilson Center

A United Front? U.S.-Japan Relations at a Time of Uncertainty

Expectations for strong ties between the United States and Japan continue to rise amid growing concerns about North Korea’s military aspirations. But both President Donald Trump and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe are facing considerable challenges to their leadership at home. What are the implications of domestic unrest on foreign policy and on US-Japan relations in particular, and how will they impact the bilateral military alliance? Join us for a discussion on the outlook for Washington and Tokyo cooperation and how the current situation compares with the leadership of President Ronald Reagan on the one hand, and Japan under Prime Minister Yasuhiro Nakasone and Junichiro Koizumi on the other.


  • Koji Murata

    Professor, Doshisha University
  • Andrew Oros

    Professor of Political Science and International Studies, Washington College