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Monday, January 16, 2017, 12:00 - 14:00

"How Trump's Presidency can impact"

Fumiaki Kubo, Barton Hepburn Professor of American Government and History, Graduate Schools for Law and Politics, University of Tokyo

Toshihiro Nakayama, Professor, Faculty of Policy Management, Keio University

Kumi Yokoe, Political Analyst

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


Donald Trump's stunning election as president has thrown the world into uncertainty with everybody trying to predict and understand how he will govern the United States and influence global politics with his "America first" principle and what critics call his post-truth rhetoric.

The former real estate mogul and reality show host has continued tweeting his ideas, including foreign policy stances, which were often seen inconsistent and contradicting. Still the list of his cabinet and cabinet-level nominees, notably the head of a transnational oil giant, Wall Street heavyweights and retired generals, may reflect his pragmatic and transactional approach to diplomacy and domestic politics.

Asia might be concerned about how it fits in Trump's global view as the region itself is undergoing geopolitical upheaval. He has sounded conciliatory toward Russia but criticized China for its currency and trading practices as well as its expansion in the South China Sea and "one China" policy. His aversion to the Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade pact hints he wants to deal with other countries in a bilateral way than the multilateral scheme envisioned by President Barack Obama.

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe managed to become the first foreign leader to meet with Trump since the November 8 election. Some sources point to the possibility of Trump acknowledging that the U.S.-Japan security treaty covers the Senkaku islands disputed by China, which calls them Diaoyu. But it remains to be seen how the president-elect will deal with the issue of host nation support after repeatedly demanding that Japan pay more for the security protection provided by the U.S military.

As the situation remains much unpredictable, the FCCJ feels fortunate to invite three widely quoted Japanese experts on U.S. politics -- University of Tokyo professor Fumiaki Kubo, Keio University professor Toshihiro Nakayama and political analyst Kumi Yokoe, a former senior visiting fellow at the Heritage Foundation -- to discuss how we should prepare for the Trump presidency, just four days before he is sworn in.


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Fumiaki Kubo                        Toshiriro Nakayama           Kumi Yokoe

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