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Japan in 2023

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The year 2023 is already shaping up to be a consequential one for Japan’s role in the region and wider global stage. A new National Security Strategy promises to significantly bump up defense spending as part of broader changes to Japan’s defense architecture and security policy. In spring, Hiroshima will be the site of the G7 leaders’ summit as Japan takes over the G7 presidency for the year. Opportunities for closer cooperation with allies and partners glimmer on the horizon, yet tensions with China, concerns over the stability of the Taiwan Strait, and the threat of a nuclear North Korea persist. At home, the economy struggles to gain momentum coming out of a prolonged pandemic and energy hikes have fueled inflation. The domestic political scene is still recalibrating after the loss of one of the country’s most impactful political figures, Shinzo Abe. What developments can we expect out of Japan in 2023? And how will they influence regional and global developments?

On January 24, the Center for East Asia Policy Studies at Brookings and the Japan-America Society of Washington DC will host the ninth annual Japan in the Year program, “Japan in 2023.” Senior and next-generation Japanese and American experts will look ahead at what’s in store for this year in Japan’s foreign policy and domestic affairs.

Questions will be taken from the audience at the end of each session. Online viewers can submit questions via e-mail to events@brookings.edu or via Twitter at #Japanin2023

Agenda

Welcoming remarks

Ryan Shaffer

President - Japan-America Society of Washington DC

Pre-recorded keynote

Moderator

Ryan Shaffer

President - Japan-America Society of Washington DC

Live keynote

Koji Tomita

Ambassador of Japan to the United States of America - Government of Japan

Panel 1: Foreign policy

Panelist

Naoko Eto

Professor, Department of Political Science - Gakushuin University

Panelist

Christopher Johnstone

Senior Adviser and Japan Chair - Center for Strategic and International Studies

Moderator

Shihoko Goto

Director for Geoeconomics and Indo-Pacific Enterprise and Deputy Director, Asia Program - Wilson Center

Panel 2: Domestic affairs

Panelist

Jennifer Sklarew

Assistant Professor, Energy and Sustainability Policy, Food-Energy-Water-Climate Nexus, Social Science - George Mason University

Panelist

Randall Jones

Non-Resident Distinguished Fellow - Korea Economic Institute of America

Professional Fellow, Center on Japanese Economy and Business - Columbia University

Moderator

Tobias Harris

Deputy Director and Senior Fellow, Asia Program - German Marshall Fund of the United States

Closing remarks

Ryan Shaffer

President - Japan-America Society of Washington DC

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