In cooperation with the East-West Center, JASH sponsored a public seminar led by the Director of the East-West Center in Washington, Dr. Satu Limaye. Dr. Limaye was in Honolulu to discuss the findings from the on-going research project he oversees, which is a comprehensive effort to demonstrate and track Japan’s importance to the U.S. and the United States’ importance to Japan. The project is produced in collaboration with the Sasakawa Peace Foundation with additional data and analysis provided by the Japan Center for International Exchange. Dr. Limaye previously served as director of research at the Asia Pacific Center for Security Studies and was a Luce Scholar and head of South Asia programs at the Japan Institute of International Affairs in Tokyo. He has also written and edited numerous books and studies, including US, Australia and Japan and the New Security Triangle and Japan in a Dynamic Asia, among others.
Dr. Limaye introduced the audience to its “Japan Matters for America” website filled with data on how the U.S.-Japan relationship impacts all aspects of daily life in each of the 50 U.S. states, and provided pamphlets to the attendees which capture this data. Dr. Limaye then shared his perspectives on the current and future U.S.-Japan relationship, the dynamics of the Asia-Pacific region, and the future of this project, taking questions from the audience. For more information regarding this project, go to JapanMattersforAmerica.org.