Johns Hopkins SAIS experts available to discuss U.S.-Japan relations as Obama, Abe visit Pearl Harbor

As Barack Obama prepares for one of his last official visits during his presidency and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe becomes the first Japanese leader to visit Pearl Harbor 75 years after the surprise attack on Hawaii, experts at the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) are available to discuss the future of U.S.-Japan relations. 
Dr. Kent E. Calder, Director of Asia Programs and Director of the Edwin O. Reischauer Center for East Asian Studies, served as Special Advisor to the U.S. Ambassador to Japan from 1997 to 2001. He also served as Japan Chair at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, Director of the Princeton University Program on U.S.-Japan Relations, and the first Executive Director of Harvard University's Program on U.S.-Japan Relations. Calder has written nearly a dozen books including Pacific Alliance: Reviving U.S.-Japan Relations.
Ambassador Rust M. Deming spent more than 40 years in public service at the State Department, most recently as Director of the Office of Japanese Affairs in 2011, and Senior Advisor to the Assistant Secretary for East Asian and Pacific Affairs in 2010. 
In 2014, Calder and Deming were awarded the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Neck Ribbon from the Japanese government.

  • The scholars are available to discuss:
  • What is the history of reconciliation between the U.S. and Japan, and what are the unresolved issues?
  • What are the challenges ahead for U.S.-Japan relations under a Donald Trump presidency?
  • Should Abe, in the American view, apologize?
  • What are the parallels between Abe’s forthcoming visit to Pearl Harbor and Obama’s visit to Hiroshima?
  • Will Abe’s Pearl Harbor visit be the final step in reconciliation between the two nations?
  • How do U.S. relations differ with Japan, compared to other Asian nations including China and Korea?

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Wednesday, December 21, 2016