The German Marshall Fund of the United States, in collaboration with the Tokyo Foundation, held a seminar called ‘What Does Japan Think?' in Tokyo, 7-10 December, 2009. Over the course of four days, senior European and U.S. journalists, scholars and policy makers discussed a changing Japan with Japanese journalists and scholars, and met with ministers and representatives of the new Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ) government.
Topics of discussion included the impact of the new Hatoyama administration on domestic politics; the U.S.-Japan alliance; Japans defense policy with reference to North Korea and the rise of China; Japan's economic policy; multilateralism in Asia and Asia-Pacific, and Japanese perspectives on climate change.
The seminar and meetings gave opinion leaders from the United States and Europe a rare and timely opportunity to network with their peers in Tokyo, and to gain an insight into the priorities and workings of the new government, as well as a Japanese analysis on the state of Japan's relationship with Europe and the United States.
The following articles were published as a result of the seminar:
Japanese Obsessions, New York Times, December 14, Roger Cohen
Obama's Japan Headache, New York Times, December 10, Roger Cohen
Does Japan still matter? Washington Post, December 11, Fred Hiatt
U.S.-Japan: an easy marriage becomes a ménage á trois, Financial Times, December 10, Philip Stephens
India and Japan's ‘China Paradox', Foreign Policy, December 16, William Inboden
Im Wachstumsepizentrum, FAZ, December 14, Klaus Dieter-Frankenberger
Mit den Revolutionaren gegen die Abstigstangst, FAZ, December 15, Klaus Dieter-Frankenberger
Tokyo Foundation also held an Open Forum where participants of the seminar spoke about their impressions of Japan:
01. Roger Cohen 07min 50sec Columnist, New York Times and International Herald Tribune 02. Fred Hiatt 08min 03sec Editorial Page Editor, Washington Post 03. Philip Stephens 12min 55sec Associate Editor, Financial Times 04. Jean Pisani-Ferry 14min 07sec Director, Bruegel 05. Daniel Twining 09min 40sec Senior Fellow for Asia, the German Marshall Fund of the United States