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U.S.-Japan Relations in Disarray: Who Will Sustain Liberal International Order, and How?

SMU's Sun & Star Japan and East Asia Program will be hosting it's symposium, "U.S.-Japan Relations in Disarray: Who Will Sustain Liberal International Order, and How?" at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center in Washington, D.C., May 7. Hear from our panelists on various policy areas concerning American and Japanese relations, such as Trade and Regional Security.

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Proliferation, Plutonium, and Power: The Carter Administration and Japan’s Search for a Plutonium Economy

Japan and the United States faced a serious rift in relations in the late 1970s over the future of civilian nuclear power. Japan hoped that the reprocessing of spent reactor fuel into plutonium would provide an abundant, domestically produced, and economical power source. The United States, especially under the Carter administration, saw an increase in the global stockpile of plutonium as a major proliferation threat.

Cold War Democracy: The United States and Japan

Has American foreign policy been a reflection of a desire to promote democracy, or a simple product of hard-nosed geopolitics? In this talk, Jennifer Miller argues that democratic ideals were crucial, but not in the way most defenders claim. Focusing on the postwar occupation of Japan, she examines how the Cold War produced a new understanding of democracy as rooted in psychologies and mentalities.

The Dangerous Business of Defining Trade Threats

It’s been just over three decades since members of Congress smashed a Toshiba boombox with great fanfare on the footsteps of Capitol Hill in protest against the flood of Japanese exports into the United States. The visual of three Congressmen and women wielding sledgehammers made clear the U.S. legislators’ wrath against the ever-growing trade imbalance between Japan and the United States at the height of the trade war in 1987.

Event Recap: Geopolitical Implications of Diplomatic Failure with North Korea

The first U.S.-North Korea summit under the Trump administration left some concerned about the possible withdrawal of American troops from South Korea. Though North Korea promised to denuclearize, progress was minimal.  The outcome of the second summit meeting between Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un will pose deep implications for the already influenced geopolitics of the Korean Peninsula and the greater region. 

Unlocking Japan’s Immigration Policy Potential

Immigration remains a divisive issue in the United States, but there is no doubt that the history of migration plays a key role in defining U.S. history. Japan too has its own history of immigration and emigration, but pales in comparison to that of the United States or even Europe. Yet as projections for the country’s demographic future become ever bleaker, Japan seems at first blush to be prepared to buck the global trend of closing borders.

Dispatches: February 2019

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The Origins of Japan’s 'Nuclear Allergy'

Image: A behind the scenes shot of the 1954 Tōhō film Gojira, showing the original Godzilla as an ancient radiation-breathing monster awakened by the hydrogen bomb. Released months after the Lucky Dragon accident during the Castle Bravo test, the movie spoke to Japan's victimization by nuclear weapons." Source: Wikimedia Commons.

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