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Tuesday, November 22, 2016, 12:00 - 13:30

"President Trump - What impact will he have on U.S.-Japan Relations?"

Language: The speech and Q & A will be in English.

Gerald Curtis, Burgess Professor Emeritus of Political Science, Columbia University

President-elect Donald Trump gave Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe hints on how he would reshape US policy toward Tokyo when they met after the billionaire businessman shocked the world with his contentious campaign rhetoric on trade, security and other issues.

The 90-minute tete-a-tete at New York's Trump Tower on Thursday was believed to have touched on Trump's objections to the Trans-Pacific Partnership pact and his threat to withdraw U.S. troops from Japan if the major Asian power refuses to pay more for their defense cooperation. Abe described Trump afterwards as a "leader we can trust", but declined to go into detail about their discussions in the American's first in-person meeting with a foreign leader since his election.

Gerald Curtis, Burgess Professor Emeritus of Political Science at Columbia University, who has been active for decades as a columnist, writer and commentator on Japanese politics, will speak at the Club on the impact of Trump's presidency on the U.S.-Japan alliance as well as provide his analysis of the "unofficial" Trump-Abe summit.

In a pre-election interview with the Nikkei Asian Review, Curtis said it would be very hard for Trump, if elected, to make drastic changes because such U.S. institutions as Congress, the Pentagon, the State Department, the Treasury Department and the press would serve as a system of checks and balances. But he also cautioned there could be much disruption in the short run.

Professor Curtis, 76, has authored numerous books and articles written in both Japanese and English including Seiji to Sanma – Nihon to Kurashite 45 nen (Politics and Saury: 45 Years Living with Japan). Fluent in Japanese, he is a frequent guest on TV political talk shows here.

 

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