On the eve of Prime Minister Keizo Obuchi’s visit to the United States, the Brookings Institution will bring together leading scholars for an in-depth discussion addressing the purpose of the visit as well as current U.S.-Japanese economic and political relations. Some issues to be covered include:
- Should Clinton pressure Obuchi to solve Japan’s economic problems?
- Are the United States and Japan resolving their bilateral trade disputes?
- Is the Japanese economy finally bottoming out?
- Can an economically weakened Japan play an effective role in international security?
- How will Japan’s relationship to China and Korea influence the U.S.-Japan alliance?