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A Hat, a Round of Golf, and the New U.S.-Japan Relationship

President Trump’s 12-day trip to Asia included key meetings with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. What were the highlights and friction points in the discussions and where does this key Pacific alliance stand? The Wilson Center’s Shihoko Goto recaps the Tokyo summit in this edition of Wilson Center NOW.



Arms Sales Push May Further Trump-Abe Bromance

They’re both avid golfers. They both want their countries to be great powers. They are both determined not to appease North Korea and won’t back down from putting military confrontation on the table as one of the options for dealing with Pyongyang.

There is much that both Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and President Donald Trump have in common, and the Japanese leader made a point of highlighting the personal connection the two men have during their two-day summit meeting in Tokyo.

Can Japan Be Great Again?

In the end, the Japanese prime minister’s gamble paid off. Shinzo Abe’s big win in the latest election made clear once and for all his firm hold over the government.

That should allow him to move one step closer to achieving his lifelong objective: Making Japan a major power in Asia that is to be reckoned with once again.

Without doubt, with his reelection, Abe has enhanced his own standing in the annals of history: He is now well on his way to become Japan’s longest-serving prime minister since World War II.

Trump’s Vision for Asia: What to Expect from the U.S. Presidential Visit to the Asia-Pacific Region

President Trump departs today on a five-country visit to Asia, the longest overseas journey of his presidency. The North Korea nuclear crisis will cast its pall throughout, but trade imbalances, an emboldened China, and U.S. commitment to the region will all be key themes. Experts, including former U.S. assistant secretary of state Kurt Campbell, offered an incisive preview.  

Japan’s Choices: The Challenges Ahead Post-Election

Japan’s voters will head to the polls in late October, as the country grapples with tensions growing both inside and outside its borders.

Asia’s Reckoning: China, Japan, and the Fate of U.S. Power in the Pacific Century

Richard McGregor’s Asia’s Reckoning is a compelling account of the widening geopolitical cracks in a region that has flourished under an American security umbrella for more than half a century.

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.

Asia’s Reckoning: China, Japan, and the Fate of U.S. Power in the Pacific Century

The Wilson Center is pleased to host the launch of Richard McGregor’s new study of what may be the world’s most consequential trilateral relationship. McGregor, a former Kissinger Institute Public Policy Fellow, long-time Asia correspondent for the Financial Times, and renowned author of The Party: The Secret World of China’s Communist Rulers, has written a surprising and issue-defining book on how China and Japan view each other and their interactions with the United States.

India-Japan Strategic Cooperation and Implications for Washington and Beijing

The India-Japan relationship has been described as the fastest growing strategic partnership in Asia. This event, which marks the public launch of a new National Defense University (NDU) report on this key bilateral relationship, will review the current dynamics of India-Japan relations and implications for Washington as well as Beijing.