The Worldview Series: Japan


Partnership for a Secure America is excited to announce a new partnership with the Embassy of Japan titled The Worldview Series: Japan. This is the second installment of PSA’s program, The Worldview Series. The Embassy of Japan and PSA have designed this unique educational program to improve congressional insight into Japan and better inform U.S. foreign policy decisions on Capitol Hill.

This series features off-the-record events with leading Japan experts from government, think tanks, business, and academic arenas and culminates in a delegation to Japan. Focusing on a holistic understanding of Japan’s economic, security, and domestic situation, this program aims to build a deeper understanding of the important decisions American policy-makers face regarding U.S.-Japan Relations.

The Embassy of Japan is an educational participant in the Mutual Education and Cultural Exchange Act, authorized by the U.S. Department of State.

Governmental and Domestic Issues

June 13th – Ambassador James Zumwalt and Director Joseph Young discussed Japan’s governmental and domestic issues, including a history of the U.S.-Japan relationship, key inflection points in that relationship, and possibilities for working together in the future.


Ambassador James Zumwalt – Former Ambassador to the Republic of Senegal and the Republic of Guinea Bissau, Former Deputy Assistant Secretary in the Bureau of East Asia Affairs

Director Joseph Young – Director, Office of Japanese Affairs at the U.S. Department of State

Economy and Trade

June 27th – Ambassador Ira Shapiro and Mr. Clyde Prestowitz discussed the foundation of Japan’s economy, the U.S.-Japan trade relationship, and the future of TPP and trade in the Asia-Pacific.


Ambassador Ira Shaprio – Former Chief U.S. Trade Negotiator with Japan and Canada and General Counsel in the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative

Mr. Clyde Prestowitz – Former Counselor to the Secretary of Commerce in the Reagan Administration and Vice Chairman of President Clinton’s Commission on Trade and Investment in the Asia-Pacific Region

Japanese Defense and Security in the Region

July 18th – Dr. Sheila Smith and Dr. Joshua Walker discussed Japan’s security and U.S.-Japan Treaty of Mutual Cooperation and Security. They also addressed regional security issues including the rise of China and relations with the Korean peninsula.


Dr. Sheila Smith – Senior Fellow for Japan Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations

Dr. Joshua Walker – Former Senior Advisor in Secretary John Kerry’s Office of Chief Economist and Former Senior Advisor to Secretary Hillary Clinton’s Global Partnership Initiative

Delegation to Japan

August 19th-26th – The Worldview Series flew to Japan for a week-long delegation trip to gain an on-the-ground look at issues influencing U.S.-Japan relations. The delegation visited Tokyo, Hiroshima, and Kyoto and met with Japanese government and defense officials, U.S. military forces stationed in Japan, business representatives, and others.