Wednesday, August 23, 2017

US-Japan Research Institute events


USJI  WEEK: September 11th -19th, 2017

A series of events will be held over the course of one week in Washington D.C. in order to present the research findings from research projects and other initiatives of the U.S.-Japan Research Institute (USJI), as well as to promote a greater understanding of Japan within the U.S.

Event Schedule

Sept. 11th (Mon.)
Event1  (2:00p.m.-3:30p.m.) UN and International Cooperation in the Era of Trump
Sept. 12th (Tue.)
Event2  (10:00a.m. – 11:30a.m.) Exchange activities of young researchers in biomedical research field between US-Japan at NIDCR/NIH
Sept. 15th (Fri.)
Event3  (10:00a.m.-11:15a.m.) A United Front? US-Japan Relations at a Time of Uncertainty
Sept.18th (Mon.)
Event4  Weighing Bad Options: Reflections on Hard and Soft Diplomacy with North Korea and Honing an Alliance Approach Today (TBD)
Sept.19th (Tue.)
Event5  (2:00p.m.-3:30p.m.) Anti-Gloablism in China?
Admission is free, but seating for these events is limited.

Event 1 UN and International Cooperation in the Era of Trump

Date and Time  Sept. 11th (Mon.) 2:00p.m.- 3:30p.m.
Venue  USJI Office Seminar Room, 2000 M Street, B1, Washington D.C.  20006
Abstract
This project is a policy study aiming to explore current international cooperation policies and the relationship between the United State and the United Nations after the advent of the Trump Presidency. More specifically, four scholars will examine this from their respective areas of expertise, ranging from national security and politics, to cultural significance. We will present our views to the policy community in Washington at a workshop during the USJI Week as well as reporting on future issues of the USJI Voice.
Speakers
Kazuhiro Maeshima
Operating Advisor, USJI/ Professor, Faculty of Global Studies, Sophia University
Yasuhiro Ueki
Professor, Department of Global Studies, Sophia University
Edward Luck
Professor, Columbia University
Barbara Crossette
Journalist, The Nation


Event 2 : Exchange activities of young researchers in biomedical research field between US-Japan in NIDCR/NIH

Date and Time  Sept. 12th (Tue.) 10:00a.m. – 11:30a.m.
Venue  National Institute of Health (NIH), 9000 Rockville Pike, Building 30, Room 117, Bethesda, Maryland 20892
 Abstract
The inborn specific abnormality that the phenotype appears in a face and the oral cavity affects chewing, speech, breathing as well as swallowing function. The cleft lip and/or cleft palate that are representative inborn specific abnormality show a phenotype on face. The occurrence rate ranges from one of 500 births to one of 700 births in the world.We have carried out basic and translational researches to develop the regenerative therapy. NIH has been contributed to provide the opportunities to Japanese young researchers to learn as post-doctoral fellows. In the seminar, Dr. Yamada present the history of research guidance in NIDCR. Drs. Yoshizaki and Takahashi will present their experiences as post-doctoral fellows in NIDCR and NIAMS. Dr. Yoshizaki worked with Dr. Yamada and carried out the biochemical researches relating tooth development from 2012-2015. Principal investigator Ichiro Takahashi learned and investigated the prenatal development of the craniofacial biological researches in NIAMS under the supervision of Dr. Lillian Shum and Dir, Hal Slavkin from 1996-1998.
Moderator/Speaker
Ichiro Takahashi
Operating Advisor, USJI / Professor, Faculty of Dental Science, Kyushu University
Speakers
Yoshihiko Yamada
Senior Investigator, National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, NIH 
Kazuaki Nonaka
Professor, Faculty of Dental Science, Kyushu University
Keigo Yoshizaki
Associate Professor, Faculty of Dental Science, Kyushu University

Event 3 : A United Front?  US-Japan Relations at a Time of Uncertainty


Date and Time  Sept. 15th (Fri.) 10:00a.m. – 11:15a.m.
Venue  Wilson Center
Registration will be open shortly.
Abstract
Expectations for strong ties between the United States and Japan continue to rise amid growing concerns about North Korea’s military aspirations. But both President Donald Trump and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe are facing considerable challenges to their leadership at home. What are the implications of domestic unrest on foreign policy and on US-Japan relations in particular, and how will they impact the bilateral military alliance? Join us for a discussion on the outlook for Washington and Tokyo cooperation and how the current situation compares with the leadership of President Ronald Reagan on the one hand, and Japan under Prime Minister Yasuhiro Nakasone and Junichiro Koizumi on the other.
Co-Hosted by
Moderator
Shihoko Goto
Wilson Center
Speakers
Koji Murata
Operating Advisor, USJI/ Professor, Doshisha University
Andrew L. Oros
Professor, Washington College

Event 4:  Weighing Bad Options: Reflections on Hard and Soft Diplomacy with North Korea and Honing an Alliance Approach Today
Date  Sept. 18th (Mon.)
Rest of event information: TBD



Event 5: Anti-Gloablism in China?
Date and Time  Sept. 19th (Tue.) 2:00p.m.- 3:30p.m.
Venue  USJI Office Seminar Room, 2000 M Street, B1, Washington D.C. 20006
Abstract
This session examines China’s changing approach to refugee issues from the 1970s to date. The central question is how China has approached international conventions and institutions relating to refugees or asylum seekers, how it has approached the major influx of refugees from Indochina (1979), North Korea (1990s-2010s), and Myanmar (2009-2010s), and why it has approached them in the way it has. The literature on how China deals with refugees and refugee-related issues focuses particularly on North Korean refugees, but lacks an examination of variation in the ways in which China has actually dealt with various refugees (including North Korean refugees) and refugee-related issues. By drawing upon the literature of international relations theory and China’s foreign policymaking, this presentation establishes five hypotheses that bring into relief why China has or has not cooperated with international institutions and allowed refugees to enter Chinese territory and/or live in China. In so doing it aims to explain variation in China’s approach across time and among cases.
Moderator
Keiji Nakatsuji
Operating Advisor, USJI /Professor, Ritsumeikan University
Speaker
Miwa Hirono
Associate Professor, Ritsumeikan University
Zhao Quansheng
Professor, American University

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Japanese-English Toastmasters Club Open House on Friday, June 16

The Japanese-English Toastmasters Club would like to invite any interested students or faculty to their Open House on Friday, June 16 from 6-8pm at the Japan America Society in Washington, DC.

The Japanese-English Toastmasters is a club dedicated to improving communication and leadership in a supportive environment. During meetings, members give speeches in Japanese or English (sometimes both) and receive feedback in order to deliver a stronger speech the next time.

The club meets every 2nd and 4th Tuesday in DC and Northern Virginia. For more information please stop by the Open House. If you have any questions or comments please feel free to reach them at http://jetoastmasters.toastmastersclubs.org/

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Sojitz DC is hiring

Sojitz DC has an immediate job opening for an Administrative and Research Assistant. Check out the job description here.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

今年の夏ワシントンDCにいる日本人を募集しているみたいです!(映画に出たい方)

I received this very interesting message this morning. PLEASE share this with any Japanese friends in DC! (Good luck and let me know if you're in any movies!!)

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Dear Professor Knight,

My name is Tai Burkholder, I am a producer with Red Zeppelin Productions and we are shooting a short film in the DC area this June.

I am looking to cast a number of Japanese students for the film (which takes place at an acting school in Japan) and I was hoping you might be able to help me out.

The roles I am casting are mainly non-speaking, but they are all paid positions. The shoot takes Saturday, June, 17- Sunday, June, 18th. Must be believable as a Japanese Grad Student in their early-mid 20's.

Many Thanks,

Tai Burkholder
Producer
Red Zeppelin Productions
c: 917-319-6612
taiburk@gmail.com
Tai Burkholder's IMDB Page

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Upcoming Japanese Language Career Forums

In the U.S.
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Los Angeles Career Forum (Oct. 7 & 8)
*Approximately 30 hiring companies
*Scholarships available for students to help cover travel expenses 
*Participant benefits just for LA

Boston Career Forum (Nov. 17 - 19)
Website available from mid-May
*Approximately 200 hiring companies
*Scholarships available for students to help cover travel expenses

In Japan
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Osaka Career Forum (June 17)
*Approximately 60 hiring companies

*Approximately 250 hiring companies

*Approximately 60 hiring companies

Full Career Forum schedule available here:

Saturday, April 15, 2017

News from Nisshin-Global

The following was received from Nisshin-Global, which is not affiliated with American University in any way, and are presented only for your information. The ideas presented are in no way endorsed by or representative of American University.

Ken Knight, Ph.D.
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1.    Future Population Estimates Show A Japan With Much Smaller Population

The Ministry of Welfare and Labor announced on the 10th of April its future population estimates through the year 2065. The following comparison shows two completely different sizes of Japan:

                            2015                   2065
Population        127,090,000      88,080,000
Age 65+               33,870,000      33,810,000
                             (26.6%)             (38.4%)
Age 15-64            77,280,000      45,290,000
                            (61.8%)              (51.4%)
Age 0-14             15,950,000         8,980,000
                            (12.5%)               (10.2%)
Total fertility rate    1.45                    1.44
Lifetime expectancy
- Male                 80.75 years old 84.95 years old
- Female           86.98                  91.35

Although the estimates look dire in terms of the declining population and aging society, the recent trend is slightly upward thanks to the improvement of the birth rate. The rate, however, is way below in comparison with the administration’s target of 1.8.

2. The 3rd Longest Yet Unfelt Economic Expansion

The Cabinet Office publicly released the DI (Diffusion Index) of February as 115.5. It marked the 51 months continuous economic expansion in row since the beginning of the “Abenomics” in December 2012 when PM Abe formed his second cabinet. This is the 3rd longest economic expansion in Japan, equal to the “Bubble Economy Period” (December 1986 through February 1991). The labor market is a full-employment state and the latest effective opening-to-applicant ratio is 1.43 meaning 1.43 job openings vis-à-vis one job applicant. Salary in real term is up in 2016 first time since 2011. However, we do not feel the heat of such economic expansion much due probably to the slow consumption stalled by the consumption tax increase implemented in April 2014. Therefore, the economic expansion is fragile and it may be easily affected by global economic environmental changes such as the U.S. and Chinese economic trends.

3. Current Balance Surplus Largest Ever

According to the statistics data of Japan’s Balance of International Payment for February 2017 that the Ministry of Finance announced on the 10th of April, the current balance surplus was 2.8 trillion yen, which is the largest ever for the month of February since 1985 when the announcement of such statistics began. Japan’s current balance surplus continues for 32 months in row. Trade surplus increased 2.7 times more to 1.8 trillion yen, while the service balance was a deficit of 63.9 billion yen. An increase of auto parts exports to the U.S. as well as the shift of Chinese New Year to the end of January making large imports from China were advanced to January made this large trade surplus for February.

4. Hydrogen Society Envisioned

According to Yomiuri, the Abe Administration launched a council consisting of the Cabinet members related to the policy to diffuse hydrogen use in Japan. The council is tasked to make a basic plan within this year to clear major bottlenecks to the diffusion of use of hydrogen in the society including the following:
  • Lack of hydrogen stations to fuel hydrogen to FCV (Only 90 stations now. 320 stations to be placed by 2025.)
  • Tight regulation for maintenance and administration of hydrogen tank (Regulation to be deregulated)
  • Limited scale of demand and supply (Hydrogen power plants and imports of hydrogen to be explored)

5. TEPCO Lost Most By Liberalization Of Utility Market

One year has passed since the power utility market liberalization and METI’s affiliated utility market monitoring organization announced the data how the utility users behaved. According to the data, more than 3 million users switched the power retailers, which account for a 5.5% of the entire market. Among the 9 existing electric power companies, TEPCO lost most in terms of the number of users (1,813,800) and of the share (7.9%). KEPCO lost 721,500 (7.2%) and Hokkaido Electric Power Co lost 6%, while Chugoku and Hokuriku’s share loss were 1.2% and 1.7% respectively. The data tells that there are distinctive difference of consumers’ behavior between metropolitan area and regional area.

Please enjoy your weekend!

Nobuo Yoneyama
Nisshin Global Corporation
2-1-15 Hiroo, Shibuyaku, Tokyo 150-0012, Japan
Tel: 81-3-6450-6632, Fax: 81-3-6427-7729

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Conversations: Next Generation Ideas on the Future of U.S.-Japan Relations

Conversations: Next Generation Ideas on the Future of U.S.-Japan Relations
March 31, 2017  |  2:00-3:30 P.M.


JOIN US AT
Japan Information and Culture Center (JICC)
RESERVE YOUR SPOT TODAY
 
 
How will the Japan-US alliance adapt to challenges around the Pacific? As Japan pushes ahead with ambitious tourism goals ahead of Tokyo 2020, what will the economic benefits be? Can cultural and educational exchange programs fulfill their promise and deepen long term relationships between citizens in Japan and the US?

Join four leading scholars for a panel discussion on March 31 at the Japan Information & Culture Center (JICC) to learn more about these critical topics, and contribute your questions during the accompanying Q&A!


The panelists have recently returned from leading a group of young researchers as part of a Kakehashi Project trip to Japan, where they engaged in in-depth conversations with their counterparts at institutions such as the Japanese Institute of International Affairs and the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry.
  • Romina Boccia, The Heritage Foundation
  • Alexander E. Evans, Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS)
  • Hannah Suh, Center for a New American Security (CNAS)
  • Nicholas Szechenyi, Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS)
The sponsors of this event, the Embassy of Japan and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, invite you to participate and hear the opinions of these scholars, contribute to the Q&A, and learn more about the Kakehashi Project.

For more information, please contact Ms. Helen von Gohren, 202-238-6769.


Bios
 

NICHOLAS SZECHENYI is deputy director of the Japan Chair at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), where he is also a senior fellow. His research focuses on U.S.-Japan relations and U.S.–East Asia relations. Prior to joining CSIS in 2005, he was a news producer for Fuji Television in Washington, D.C., where he covered U.S. policy in Asia and domestic politics. He holds an M.A. in international economics and Japan studies from the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) and a B.A. in Asian studies from Connecticut College.

ROMINA BOCCIA is a leading fiscal and economic expert at The Heritage Foundation, who focuses on government spending, the economy, and the national debt. She is Heritage’s Grover M. Hermann research fellow in federal budgetary affairs and deputy director of the think tank’s Roe Institute for Economic Policy Studies. Boccia often advises members of Congress and their staffs on fiscal policy issues, and has testified before congressional committees. Boccia is widely published and quoted in newspapers, magazines and digital outlets such as The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Atlantic, Bloomberg, The Washington Times, The Washington Examiner, The Daily Signal, the German publication Die Welt and The National Interest, among others. She is a regular guest expert on national and international television, including Fox News, NBC, PBS and SkyNews. Boccia received her master’s degree in economics from George Mason University (GMU) in Fairfax, Va.

ALEXANDER E. EVANS is the Research and Program Coordinator at the Reischauer Center for East Asian Studies within Johns Hopkins SAIS. In this dual role, he manages the operational and financial aspects of both the research center and the affiliated Japan Studies department. His personal research focuses on the economic history of early-modern Japan, and he is currently interested in the production and distribution networks that developed around regional “famous products.” Evans holds an MSc in Economic History from the London School of Economics and Political Science and a BBA in Economics from Villanova University.

HANNAH SUH is the Program Coordinator for the Asia-Pacific Security Program at the Center for a New American Security (CNAS). Prior to joining CNAS, Ms. Suh interned with the Project on International Order and Strategy at the Brookings Institution and with the Korea Chair at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS). She has also held internship positions with the U.S. Department of State, The Coca-Cola Company, and Vital Voices. Ms. Suh earned her B.A. in International Studies at American University, specializing in U.S. Foreign Policy/Global Security with regional concentrations in in Asia and Europe.

Monday, March 20, 2017

Report Launch: Securing Critical Resources in a New Green and Industrial Era



Sasakawa USA is hosting a unique event that brings together several leading experts and industry insiders to discuss Sasakawa USA's new report on the challenges of identifying resource insecurities and developing strategies to ensure resilient resource supplies.This report is based on a conference sponsored by Sasakawa USA and Stanford's Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center, the first of its kind, which brought together government, industry, and academic stakeholders in the United States and Japan to discuss the strategic and economic importance of rare metals. Breakfast is served at 9:00 a.m. and presentations begin at 9:30 a.m. Our panelists on March 24 will include:

Adm. Dennis Blair, Chairman, Sasakawa USA
Dr. Phyllis Genther Yoshida, Fellow for Energy and Technology, Sasakawa USA
David Abraham, Director, Technology, Rare, and Electronic Materials Center
Nick Kotaki, Managing Director, Material Trading Company, Ltd.

Register Here

When
Friday, March 24, 2017 from 9:00 AM to 10:30 AM EDT

Add to Calendar

Where
The Army and Navy Club
901 Seventeenth Street, NW
Washington, DC 20006

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Nice internship opportunity

Broadcast Journalism Intern 
TV Asahi America, Inc. - Washington, DC 
Full-time, Internship

https://www.indeed.com/viewjob?jk=49d065ea22ee8814&tk=1b91nmgvn5nekejt&from=company

Kingfisher Global Leadership Program meeting in DC

The Kingfisher Global Leadership Program is a two-week U.S. study abroad program for Japanese undergraduate and graduate students that is designed to empower the next generation of leaders with the skills and networks they will need to thrive in an increasingly globalized society. S&R’s partners in Japan include Kyoto University, Tokyo University, Waseda University and Keio University. Through a rich series of lectures given by experts in their respective fields, this multi-disciplinary, cross-cultural experience provides participants with opportunities to gain new perspectives directly from leaders at prominent organizations based in Washington, DC such as the World Bank, NASA and the U.S. State Department. 

The Kyoto University Program will take place from Feb. 18-March 3. Every year in their exit survey the students ask for more opportunities to engage with students at DC area universities who are pursuing similar fields. They have some limited chances to do so, but I would like to create a program with that as a specific goal.

In order to keep it somewhat low- touch for organization, I’d like to propose an inter-university networking event. The goal would be for both sides to learn more about each other’s school systems and future career ambitions. Since my Kingfisher students are interested in pursuing international careers there is even a chance they would be future colleagues.

Location: Evermay (1623 28th ST NW)
Date: Feb. 22 (TBD)
Time: 5:00PM-6:30PM; 5:30-7:00 (like a happy hour)
Participants: Max 60 (can be adjusted) – undergrad and grad
10 from Kingfisher
10 from American University
10 from GW
10 from Georgetown
10 from Howard
Attire: Business casual

PLEASE RSVP TO (space is limited):  Danielle Reed d.reed@sandr.org

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Guest visitor from Japan

We will be enjoying the assistance of Mr. Kohei Kinoshita for a period of one month. He has come from Tokyo after graduating from Waseda University for the sole purpose of helping out in the Japanese Program at CLEAR and learning about Washington, DC. You might also see him in class, so please make him feel at home. [Photos to come.]

Wednesday, February 8, 2017



Cybersecurity: Preparing the Workforce
A Two-Day Conference Jointly Hosted by Keio University & Sasakawa USA 
2-3 March 2017  Keio University, Mita Campus 

This two-day conference will explore the human talent component of Cybersecurity, focusing on education, training, and use cases of InterNational Cyber Security Center of Excellence (INCS-CoE), while discussing exciting innovative technology and policy.  The plenary sessions will provide the audience an opportunity to hear from respected government, industry, and academic leaders on issues such as nation-state collaboration, the key elements of a corporate cybersecurity practice, and the role that former government hackers can play in assisting industry. The second half of each day will be parallel workshops, dedicated to more in-depth and exciting workshops on a range of topics from CISO roles and responsibilities to the best use cases shared by our INCS-CoE, and more.  To register, please visit https://goo.gl/ceqyn6 

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Nisshin Global's January newsletter

1.    New Trade Organization To Be Formed 
The President Trump’s decision of withdrawal from the TPP changes the trade environments under which PM Abe had been planning and promoting his trade policy. In order to respond the new paradigm, the Abe Administration firmly established a policy on January 25 to reorganize  the incumbent TPP Headquarters to be a new trade organization in charge of negotiating the EPA with EU, the Japan-China-Korea trilateral FTA, the RCEP as well as the TPP follow-up and others. This new organization might also be in charge of a possible Japan-U.S. bilateral FTA because President Trump places bilateral FTA as the key axis of his trade policy.
This new trade organization is positioned at the Cabinet Secretary’s Office directly reporting to Prime Minister.
The number of its staffs is expected to be more than the present TPP H.Q. (80 staffs).

2.    PM Abe To Meet President Trump In February 
Yomiuri reported on January 26 that the Japanese government and the U.S. government are now in a final stage to organize the first Japan-U.S. summit meeting in Washington, DC on February 10 since President Trump’s inauguration. Right before this top meeting, U.S. Defense Secretary Mattis is scheduled to visit Japan to meet with his counterpart, Defense Minister Inada. PM Abe will receive Secretary Mattis’ courtesy call to talk about the possible agenda for the meeting with President Trump. Issues to be reflected in the agenda are as follows:

*U.S. withdrawal from the TPP
*Automobile trade issue specifically raised by President Trump
*Reassurance of the Japan-U.S. Security Alliance’s value and role
*Regional security environments including North Korea and China
*USMC Futenma Air Station’s transfer


3.    First Trade Surplus Since 2010 
The Ministry of Finance announced CY2016 trade statistics on January 25. According to the data, the Japanese trade recognized a trade surplus of 4,074 billion yen. It was a trade deficit of 2,792 billion yen a year before.
The reduction of oil price and the appreciation of yen contributed to a sharp reduction of imports. It has been six years since a trade surplus is recognized, namely the last surplus was marked in 2010 before the Great Eastern Earthquake of 2011, which eventually led to shutting down all the nuclear plants and importing oil and gas for thermal plants. As for the trade balance between Japan and the U.S., President Trump described Japan’s auto trade surplus unfair. The outstanding balance of Japan’s FDI to the United States is substantial after the trade conflict widely recognized in 1980s to 90s, creating more than 800,000 jobs in America, and the number is still growing, so the Japanese government and the auto industry are a little puzzled by the statement of the new president.


4.    Saudi King to Visit Japan 
Yomiuri reported on January 26 that the Japanese government and the Saudi Arabian government are in a final coordination stage to announce Saudi King Salman’s visit to Japan in the middle of March. If realized, it has been 46 years since the last visit of a Saudi King, namely King Faisal visited Japan in 1971. Saudi Arabia has been the largest supplier of petroleum to Japan. Due to the sharp declination of the oil price, the Saudi government is trying to diversify its industries avoiding the concentration on the petroleum industry. The King’s visit is speculated here to request for investment from Japan and economic collaboration for the sake of the industrial diversification.


5.    MRJ Postponed Again 
MHI President Miyanaga made a press announcement on January 23 that the first production unit of Mitsubishi Regional Jet (MRJ) would not be delivered in 2018 as currently scheduled but in the middle of 2020. He said that it was revealed that the present design of positioning the electronics of aircraft control and wiring has to be reviewed in order to make sure that the aircraft is certified without fail as the Type Certificate by the authority (FAA and JCAB etc.). This two year delay is the fifth of MRJ development delay. Currently, three test aircraft are undergoing flight tests in the United States. Around 400 MRJs are on order as of today including options.


Nobuo Yoneyama, Nisshin Global Corporation, 2-1-15 Hiroo, Shibuyaku, Tokyo 150-0012, Japan
Tel: 81-3-6450-6632, Fax: 81-3-6427-7729        Email: Yoneyama@nisshin-global.com