Fri, Sep 23|
Chaos in D.C. versus Calm in Tokyo
Join us for a lunch discussion on the U.S. and Japan with Glen S. Fukushima, a JSB Board member and Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress.
Time & Location
Sep 23, 2022, 12:00 PM
Boston, One Financial Center, Boston, MA 02111, USA
About the event
JSB Board member Glen S. Fukushima visited Japan this year in April/May and July/August after an absence of nearly two years. He was able to witness: President Biden’s visit in May, Quad meeting in May, assassination of former Prime Minister Abe in July, LDP victory in the Upper House elections in July, controversy over the Unification Church, House Speaker Pelosi’s visit to Tokyo in August after her trip to Taiwan, opposition to the State Funeral on September 27, etc. U.S. Ambassador Rahm Emanuel arranged a meeting at his Residence in which President Biden thanked Glen personally for his donation of $1 million to the Fulbright Commission to promote U.S.-Japan academic, intellectual, and cultural exchange.
The stability, continuity, calm, and predictability in Japan was a stark contrast to the chaos, turmoil, polarization, and unpredictability in Washington, D.C. Japan is watching very closely the U.S. midterm elections of Nov. 8, 2022 and the presidential election of Nov. 5, 2024 to assess to what extent they can rely on the United States to stay engaged in Asia and to provide for Japan’s security.
Glen S. Fukushima
Glen S. Fukushima is a Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress, a public policy think tank headquartered in Washington, D.C., where he focuses on U.S.-East Asia relations. On October 14, 2021, President Joseph R. Biden nominated him to serve as Vice Chair of the Securities Investor Protection Corporation (SIPC), and the Senate confirmed him for this position on April 6, 2022. From 1990 to 2012, Mr. Fukushima was a senior business executive based in Asia representing several major multinational corporations including but not limited to: Vice President, AT&T Japan; President, Arthur D. Little Japan; President & CEO, Cadence Design Systems Japan; President & CEO, NCR Japan; and President & CEO, Airbus Japan. He was elected to serve for two terms as President of the American Chamber of Commerce in Japan, then the largest American Chamber of Commerce outside the United States. Before his business career, he served in Washington, D.C. as Director for Japanese Affairs (1985-1988) and Deputy Assistant United States Trade Representative for Japan and China (1988-1990) at the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR), Executive Office of the President. His publications include Nichi-Bei Keizai Masatsu no Seijigaku [The Politics of U.S.-Japan Economic Friction], winner of the 9th Masayoshi Ohira Memorial Prize in 1993. He received the Excellence 2000 Award from the U.S. Pan Asian American Chamber of Commerce in 1999, the Alumni Hall of Fame Award from Stanford University in 2002, and the Person of the Year Award from the National Japanese American Historical Society in 2008. Keio University awarded him the status of Honorary Alumnus in 2012, and LEAP (Leadership Education for Asian Pacifics) conferred on him its Leadership Award in 2014. He is listed in Who’s Who in America.
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