Press Invitation - The Japan-U.S. Alliance at Fifty - Expert Panel Presentations and Press Conference Friday, January 15, 2010 - Willard Intercontinental Hotel - Washington, D.C.

Jan 08, 2010, 00:31 ET from Tokyo Foundation

TOKYO, Jan. 8 /PRNewswire/ -- In conjunction with 16th Annual Japan-U.S. Security Seminar being sponsored by the Embassy of Japan, the Japan Institute of International Affairs (JIIA) and Pacific Forum CSIS, two public seminars and a follow-on press conference will be held addressing the status of the U.S.-Japan alliance.

The first event, "The Challenges Facing the New DPJ Government," will feature presentations by Tokyo Foundation Chairman Hideki Kato, a member of Government Revitalization Unit of Cabinet Office, Lt. Gen. Noboru Yamaguchi from the National Defense Academy of Japan and Tokyo Foundation Director of Foreign and Security Policy Research Tsuneo "Nabe" Watanabe. The speakers will examine the impacts associated with the coming to power in Tokyo of the Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ). This will take place in the Lower Level Ballroom at the Willard Hotel in Washington D.C. on Friday, January 15, 2010 from 10:00am-12:00pm.

The second program, "The Japan-U.S. Alliance at Fifty - Where We Have Been; Where We Are Heading" will focus on the continuing evolution of the alliance, touching on the effects of leadership changes in both countries, their impacts on alliance management, and possible changes to security policy priorities. An extended Q&A session will follow the formal presentation. Speakers include Shinichi Kitaoka, University of Tokyo; William Perry, Former U.S. Secretary of Defense; Richard Armitage; Former U.S. Deputy Secretary of State and Yukio Okamoto, Former Special Advisor to the Prime Minister of Japan. This event takes place in the Lower Level Ballroom at the Willard Hotel in Washington, D.C. on Friday, January 15, 2010, from 2:00 - 5:00pm.

The public seminar speakers will also hold a press conference from 5:00 - 5:30pm in the Nest Room, Mezzanine Level at the Willard Hotel.

Both programs are being sponsored by the Tokyo Foundation and will be moderated by Pacific Forum CSIS President, Ralph Cossa.


      Mari Suzuki
      Public Communications Division
      The Tokyo Foundation
      Phone: +81-3-6229-5646
      Fax: +81-3-6229-5508

SOURCE Tokyo Foundation