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JTTRI-JITTI Global Seminar Series

A Rapidly Changing Post Pandemic World Order and the New Japan-U.S. Relationship Hereafter

A free virtual Zoom event hosted in English and Japanese (simultaneous interpretation provided)

Monday, December 12th

8:00 - 9:30 pm EST

Tuesday, December 13th

10:00 - 11:30 am JST



The international situation is changing drastically in the post-COVID era.  In addition to unforeseen and serious situations such as the invasion of Ukraine by Russian forces, the relationship between the U.S. and China is changing into a competitive one as a result of China's aggressive maritime expansion.

Under these circumstances, some countries that are in favor of the concepts of (1) promoting and entrenching the rule of law, freedom of navigation, and free trade, (2) pursuing economic prosperity, and (3) ensuring peace and stability are emerging, while other countries are emphasizing relations with China and Russia, which are promoting changes in the status quo through force.

At a time when the international order is undergoing rapid change, it is very important to discuss how the Japan-U.S. relationship, which has always been the most important bilateral relationship, should evolve to a new dimension. In addition to government-to-government diplomacy, people-to-people exchanges between the two countries have played a key role in the foundation of the Japan-US relationship, covering multiple layers and a wide range of areas including business, academia, culture, education, and tourism. However, since COVID has forced people to communicate virtually, it is necessary to reconsider the significance of the Japan-US relationship and reconstruct it at a higher level.

In the seminar, we had two of the most knowledgeable and experienced experts on diplomacy and security in the U.S. and Japan speak on these topics.

Opening Remarks

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Masafumi Shukuri

Chairman, Japan Transport and Tourism Research Institute (JTTRI)

Keynote Speeches

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Richard L. Armitage

Former Deputy Secretary of State

President, Armitage International

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Shotaro Yachi

Former Secretary General of the National Security Secretariat

Former Vice Minister for Foreign Affairs

President, Fujitsu Future Study Center

Discussion Moderator

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Yoshikatsu Suzuki

Distinguished Research Fellow,

The Japan Forum on International Relations, Inc

Closing Remarks

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Tetsuya Okuda

President, Japan International Transport and Tourism Institute, USA (JITTI USA)

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