After almost twenty years of economic stagnation and political paralysis, is Japan poised to reemerge as a global leader? The Japan America Society of Greater Philadelphia has assembled a group of leading policymakers and analysts to examine the underlying causes of Japan’s long economic struggle, and the optimism being generated by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s efforts to reignite the Japanese economy. Have Abenomics put Japan once again on the road to global economic prominence? Or will the apparent success of Abe’s policies prove to be short-lived?
This 5th installment of the Trans-Pacific Partnership Series features international relations experts, business executives, and Washington thought-leaders in a half-day seminar focused on the future of the Japanese economy, the US-Japan political relationship, and regional/trans-Pacific trade policy. Particular emphasis will be placed on the current debate over the Trans-Pacific Partnership, and its goal of creating a free trade zone among 12 nations: Australia, Brunei, Chile, Canada, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, the United States, and Vietnam. The discussion will also include information about opportunities for area businesses that may be created by such a free trade zone.
Ambassador Charlene Barshefsky
former U.S. trade representative and negotiator with both Japan and China
Professor, University of Pennsylvania Law School
Adjunct Professor, Columbia University
Andrew M. Saidel
President & Chief Executive Officer, Dynamic Strategies Asia
Ira S. Shapiro
former General Counsel and Ambassador in the Office of US Trade Representative
Sheila A. Smith
Senior Fellow for Japan Studies, Council on Foreign Relations
President, Fleishman Hillard Japan
*schedule is subject to change without notice
10:00 AM – 10:45 AM
Japan at a Defining Moment: Economics, Politics and Foreign Policy
Abenomics isn’t the only factor driving the Japanese economy. As illustrated in the conflict over Senkaku islands and the semi-annual Yasukuni Shrine visits, political turmoil comes with an economic cost. This panel will look at key domestic and foreign policy issues that could impact the success of Abenomics.
Eric Feldman, Professor, University of Pennsylvania Law School
11:00 AM – 11:45 AM
The Trans-Pacific Partnership: Challenges and Opportunities for the U.S. and Japan
With the agreement beginning to coalesce, 2014 could mark the passage of the Trans-Pacific Partnership. Whenever it comes, it is sure to have major ramifications across the globe. Which industries stand to gain the most? What impact can we anticipate on the US-Japan trade balance? Will TPP cement the success or failure of Abenomics?
Ira Shapiro, former General Counsel and Ambassador in the Office of US Trade Representative
12:00 PM – 1:30 PM
Keynote Luncheon – The Politics of Trade and Globalization
Ambassador Charlene Barshefsky, former U.S. trade representative and negotiator with both Japan and China
(15 minutes each and Q&A)