On September 26th and 27th the German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF) and the Tokyo Foundation co-hosted the third Trilateral Forum Tokyo, with additional support provided by the Delegation of the European Union to Japan and PhRMA. Now in its third year, Trilateral Forum Tokyo has built a reputation as a key forum for dialogue between Japan, the U.S., and Europe on a wide range of global issues.
The 2014 Forum convened 73 participants from a number of government agencies, universities, think tanks, media outlets, and businesses from Japan, Europe, and the United States. The 2014 agenda covered a wide range of topics including: global trade diplomacy, economic reform under the Abe administration, the current business environment and "womenomics", security issues ranging from energy security to ISIS, perceptions of U.S. foreign policy to the role of a rising Asia, cyber security, China, and collaborative approaches to deepening engagement with ASEAN and the Asia Pacific.
On September 28th and 29th, a subset of participants traveled with representatives from GMF and the Tokyo Foundation to Okinawa, where participants took part in a study tour to learn about the complex history, culture, and challenges associated with the tiny island that hosts multiple US bases including Kadena Airbase, the largest US military base in Asia.