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A New Presidential Year: An Update on U.S.-Japan Relations

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Talk about the new presidential year and how it will affect U.S.-Japan relations. Online event held via ZOOM.

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Prof. Fumiaki Kubo has been the A. Barton Hepburn Professor of American Government and History at the Graduate Schools for Law and Politics, the University of Tokyo since 2003. He is affiliated with the Nakasone Peace Institute as the Executive Research Director, the Japan Institute for International Affairs as a Senior Adjunct Fellow, the 21 st Century Public Policy Institute as the Director of the US Studies Project, as well as with the Tokyo Foundation as a Senior Research Scholar. He studied at Cornell University in 1984-1986, at the Johns Hopkins University in 1991-1993, and at Georgetown University and the University of Maryland in 1998-99. In 2001 and 2002, Kubo served on the Prime Minister's Commission on the Study of Direct Election System of Prime Minister. Kubo is a vice chairperson on the Japan side of the U.S-Japan Conference on Cultural and Educational Interchange ( CULCON ). In February, 2015, he became a member of the Japan-US Educational Commission. Kubo was the President of the Japanese Association for American Studies from 2016 to 2018. Mr. Glen S. Fukushima is a Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress, a Washington, D.C. think tank, where he focuses on U.S.-Asia relations. In the 1980s, he worked at USTR (Office of the U.S. Trade Representative) on trade negotiations with Japan and China, and from 1990 to 2012, he was based in Asia as a senior executive with one European and four American corporations and served as President of the American Chamber of Commerce in Japan.  He was educated at Stanford and Harvard. Ms. Cécile Shea is a nonresident senior fellow on security and diplomacy at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs. She is the president of Wakaru Communications and a special advisor to the Council’s Next Generation programs. Prior to moving to Chicago, Cecile served as a US diplomat for over two decades. She spent much of her career working on Asian issues, including as political advisor to US Marine Corps Forces Pacific, press attaché and media analysis chief at US Embassy Tokyo, senior political policy officer at US Embassy Islamabad, Pakistan, and vice-consul Chiang Mai, Thailand. Currently, Shea's research focuses on nontraditional security threats, including unemployment, economic displacement, and demographic change. She is particularly interested in how the robotics revolution will impact transportation, the labor market, and military conflict.

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