Part of the East Asia program, the Stimson Center’s Japan program provides an engaging platform for academics and policymakers to discuss and analyze Japan’s security challenges and its alliance with the United States. The program produces high-quality analysis to help policymakers in Washington, D.C. have a better understanding of Japanese politics and security issues.
The Japan program primarily focuses on the U.S.-Japan security alliance, but more broadly on the impact of Japanese foreign and security policy on U.S. strategy in Asia. Japan faces major challenges in its security environment. It explores ways to proactively respond to such challenges with greater focus on strengthening its security cooperation with other U.S. allies and partners worldwide while seeking to maintain robust U.S.-Japan alliance at the core of its security policy. The program focuses on analyzing the developments in Japan, assessing how the internal policy debates and institutional changes influence Japan’s external behavior, and what it means for the United States.
The Japan program promotes understanding in Washington, D.C. of internal developments in Japan and their impact on Tokyo’s policy choices by convening experts and policymakers from the U.S. and Japan to discuss important security issues. By facilitating such candid discussions, the program seeks to offer pragmatic policy recommendations for the policymakers both in Washington and in Tokyo. In addition to various workshops that are not open to the general public, the program also frequently hosts public seminars to disseminate research with the wider Washington, D.C. community, including think tanks, academia, government, media and business. Projects that the program undertakes often culminate in the publication of a report, which continues to inform future research on these important issues.
Through the publication of books and short analyses, as well as the facilitation of the candid dialogue among security policy professionals in Washington, D.C. and Tokyo, the Japan program identifies the policy areas in which the United States and Japan can and should pursue greater level of collaboration. The program also assesses how Japan can successfully overcome the shortfalls in the legal and institutional frameworks for conducting security policies, which may have adverse effects on robust security cooperation in the framework of the U.S.-Japan alliance. In each case, the program has suggested solutions involving efficient and innovative avenues for bilateral cooperation.
The program also has a robust visiting fellows program. For more information, see here.