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For a few weeks in spring, the prominent colors of Washington, D.C., change from red, white, and blue, to a pale pink, as over 3,000 Japanese cherry trees (sakura) bloom along the Tidal Basin near the National Mall. The trees were a gift from the City of Tokyo in 1912 and in the 99 years...

Asia Pacific Bulletin: Australia and Japan: Allies in Partnership

by Damien Tomkins
In a new Asia Pacific Bulletin Malcolm Cook and Thomas Wilkins explain how the Japan-Australia strategic partnership is now becoming a well-developed and durable fixture in the evolving Asia-Pacific security order. Despite being the so-called northern and southern anchors of the US...
Contacts between the Japanese and US intellectual community have been in decline over the past decade according to a new report entitled “Reinvigorating US-Japan Policy Dialogue and Study” released by the Japan Center for International Exchange. A direct consequence has been fewer...

Free Trade Agreements in Comparison

by Damien Tomkins
Since 2002, spurred into action partly as a reaction to the 1997 Asian Financial Crisis, partly as a response to stalled WTO talks, and partly as a result of other countries embrace of Free Trade Agreements (FTA), Japan has engaged in bilateral Preferential Trade Agreements with at least...
In a new Asia Pacific Bulletin, Adam P. Liff calls on U.S. policymakers to take note, as both aspects are of considerable significance for Japan’s role in Northeast Asia and the world, as well as for its alliance with the United States. “On December 17, Japan’s Cabinet published the...
The US-Japan relationship is deep and multilayered but needs reinvigoration or it faces a “quiet crisis” of ineffectiveness, said panelists at a public seminar on November 6 entitled, “US-Japan Relations: Past, Present and Future,” at Doshisha University in Kyoto, Japan. The event...
The Japan Matters for America / America Matters for Japan project was officially launched in Tokyo on November 4 at a public seminar co-hosted by the Sasakawa Peace Foundation and the East-West Center. The seminar, entitled, “Cooperation or Interdependence: An Overview of US-Japan...

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