The Future of the Asia-Pacific: New Paths for Japan-US Cooperation

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September 10, 2013
9:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Location: Rafik B. Hariri Building Fisher Colloquium

This symposium, marking the centenary of Sophia University in Tokyo, explored challenges and opportunities for Japan-United States relations in the Asia-Pacific. Three panels examined the bilateral relationship and its regional significance from the perspectives of diplomacy, education, and technology. Ambassador Ichiro Fujisaki and former Deputy Secretary of State James Steinberg led a closing podium discussion.

In addition to promoting reflection on the future of the Asia-Pacific and Japan-United States cooperation, the symposium served as an opportunity for Georgetown and Sophia administrators, faculty, and students to discuss future areas for cooperation. 

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Welcome and Introductory Remarks
Ichiro Fujisaki, former Japanese Ambassador to the United States
President John J. DeGioia, Georgetown University
President Tadashi Takizawa, Sophia University

Report from Georgetown and Sophia Student Delegations 

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Tsuyoshi Sunohara, Senior Staff Writer, Nikkei
Professor Victor Cha, Georgetown School of Foreign Service
Professor Mike Green, Georgetown School of Foreign Service
Professor Yumi Hiwatari, Sophia University Graduate School of Global Studies
Yasuhiro Ueki, Public Relations Office, United Nations

Higher Education in a Global Era 
Professor Thomas Banchoff, Vice President for Global Engagement
Professor Kevin Doak, Georgetown Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures
Professor Taro Komatsu, Sophia University Department of Education
Marilyn McMorrow, Georgetown School of Foreign Service
Professor Kosaku Yoshino, Sophia University Department of Sociology

Technology and Innovation in the Asia-Pacific
Professor Dennis McNamara, Department of Sociology
Professor Takashi Irohara, Sophia University Department of Information and Communication Sciences
Professor Tsuyoshi Kawakami, Sophia University Graduate School of Global Environmental Studies
Joanna Lewis, Georgetown School of Foreign Service

Changes and Challenges Facing the Asia Pacific—Perspectives from Government and Academic Experience
James B. Steinberg, former Deputy Secretary of State
Ichiro Fujisaki, former Japanese Ambassador to the United States
Aiko Doden, Senior News Commentator at Japan Broadcasting Corporation (NHK)

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