On January 18, the Japan-America Society of Washington, DC and the Center for East Asia Policy Studies at the Brookings Institution will host the eighth annual Japan in the Year program, “Japan in 2022.” The event will invite senior and next-generation Japanese and American experts and officials to look ahead at what 2022 holds in store for Japan’s domestic and foreign affairs.

Tuesday, January 18, 2022, 8:00 a.m. — 10:20 a.m. ET
— 00:20 JST)

Online via Zoom


As the new year begins, Japan’s domestic and foreign policy agenda is full. Combatting the protracted COVID-19 pandemic remains the top priority for the new Kishida administration. The implementation of a “new capitalism” strategy seeking balance between growth and distribution, progress in the digital and green transformations, and the summer Upper House election will shape Japan’s economic and political direction. On the diplomatic front, much is at stake in relations with China, in preserving the stability of the Taiwan Strait, and in deterring North Korea. Deepening coordination with the United States in the Indo-Pacific, following through on Quad initiatives, and launching a new economic security strategy are also priorities. Regional economic diplomacy will move at a fast tempo with the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership entering into force and the anticipated launch of an Indo-Pacific Economic Framework by the Biden administration.

Viewers can submit questions via e-mail to events@brookings.edu or via Twitter at #Japanin2022

“Japan in 2022” is part of the NAJAS Japan Currents series.


Welcoming remarks

Peter Kelley, President, National Association of Japan-America Societies
Ryan Shaffer, President, Japan-America Society of Washington DC

Armchair discussion

Koji Tomita, Ambassador of Japan to the United States of America
Raymond Greene
, Chargé d’Affaires, Embassy of the United States in Tokyo
Moderator: Mireya Solís, Director of the Center for East Asia Policy Studies and Philip Knight Chair in Japan Studies, Brookings Institution

Panel 1: Japan’s domestic politics and the economy

Mieko Nakabayashi, Professor of International Public Policy, Waseda University
Kay Shimizu, Research Assistance Professor, University of Pittsburgh
Yves Tiberghien, Professor of Political Science, Konwakai Chair in Japanese Research, University of British Columbia
Moderator: Kristi Govella, Deputy Director of the Asia Program and Senior Fellow, The German Marshall Fund of the United States

Panel 2: Japan’s foreign policy and U.S.-Japan relations

Jeffrey Hornung, Senior Political Scientist, RAND Corporation
Madoka Fukuda, Professor of International Politics and China Studies, Hosei University
James L Schoff, Senior Director, U.S.- Japan NEXT Alliance Initiative, Sasakawa Peace Foundation USA
Moderator: Demetri Sevastopulo, U.S.-China Correspondent, Financial Times