US-Japan Diplomacy in the Trump Era
Language: Speech and Q&A will be in English
At their early February meeting in the U.S., Prime Minister Shinzo Abe told new US President Donald Trump that "we (Japan) will contribute to President Trump's growth strategy", ostensibly offering his support for the president's "American First" principle. The Japanese government and major business leaders are also making strong efforts to reach out to Trump while Prime Minister Abe's strategy is to forge strong personal bonds with the US leader.
Sayo Saruta argues that the emergence of Trump administration provides an opportunity for Japan to reconsider its diplomacy after the postwar period, which has relied too heavily on the US-Japan relationship, often to the exclusion of other vital international relationships.
Saruta has lobbied Washington regarding the issue of US bases in Okinawa. She is a leading critic of the very small group of men in the U.S. who have had a lock-hold on US-Japan relations for decades under Republican and Democratic administrations.
Sayo Saruta is Director of New Diplomacy Initiative, a Tokyo think tank that aims to inject fresh voices into debate between Japan, the United States and other East Asian countries. She has been an accredited lawyer in New York State since 2009, and holds a Master's Degree in International Relations from American University in Washington, DC.
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