“America’s Asia Policy: Whither the Asia Pivot/Rebalance?”, a Conversation with Glen S. Fukushima

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    2014•09•09    18:30 - 19:30

    On 9 September 2014 the United Nations University will host “America’s Asia Policy: Whither the Asia Pivot/Rebalance?”, a conversation with Glen S. Fukushima, Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress. This event will start at 6:30 PM at UNU Headquarters in Tokyo.

    In 2012, the US Obama Administration announced the “Asia Pivot” (later renamed the “Asia Rebalance”), signaling a geostrategic shift of focus to the burgeoning Asia region. This elicited a mix of interpretations and responses, both praising and denouncing the idea. But two years later, some have already declared the concept stalled given the US Administration’s recent key personnel changes (Secretary of State and National Security Advisor) and issues requiring attention in other parts of the world including Egypt, Syria, Iran, and Ukraine.

    Glen S. Fukushima will join UNU Rector David M. Malone to discuss the various interpretations, objectives and implications of an Asia Pivot / Rebalance. As a former senior official with the Office of the US Trade Representative, former international business executive and a key player in US-Japan relations, Mr. Fukushima will provide his perspective based on his 30 years of experience in Asia and his current position at a prominent Washington, D.C. think tank.

    The UNU Conversation Series aims to foster audience participation: you are encouraged to engage with the speakers during the conversation and at the reception that will follow, where all audience members are invited to enjoy the food and drinks that will be served while exchanging ideas and making new contacts.

    Please note that this event will be in English only; Japanese interpretation will not be provided. Advance registration (by 8 September) is required. Please click on the REGISTER button above to access the registration page.

    About the Speaker

    Glen S. Fukushima is Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress, a public policy think tank headquartered in Washington, D.C.

    From 1990 to 2012, Mr. Fukushima was based in Tokyo, Japan as a senior executive with several multinational corporations including Vice President, AT&T Japan Ltd.; President, Arthur D. Little Japan; President & CEO, Cadence Design Systems Japan; President & CEO, NCR Japan; and President & CEO, Airbus Japan.

    Mr. Fukushima began his career as an attorney at the law firm of Paul, Hastings, Janofsky & Walker. Before embarking on his business career, he was based in Washington, D.C. as Director for Japanese Affairs (1985–1988) and Deputy Assistant United States Trade Representative for Japan and China (1988–1990) at the Office of the United States Trade Representative.

    Mr. Fukushima served two terms as President of the American Chamber of Commerce in Japan (1998–1999), and as Vice President (1993–1997). He has served on numerous corporate boards and government advisory councils in the United States, Europe, and Japan and on the Board of the Japan Association of Corporate Executives, the America-Japan Society, the Japan Center for International Exchange, the Japan Society of Boston, the Japan Society of Northern California, the Japan-America Society of Washington, D.C., International House of Japan, the Japanese American National Museum, the US-Japan Council, and the Global Council of the Asia Society.

    He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the Tokyo Club, and the Tokyo Rotary Club. He served for eight years during the Clinton Administration in the White House-appointed positions of Vice Chairman of the Japan-United States Friendship Commission and Vice Chairman of the US panel of CULCON (Joint Committee on United States-Japan Cultural and Educational Interchange). He has served as Chairman of the Mori Art Museum Best Friends, a member of the Director’s Circle of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and a member of the Tokyo Committee of Human Rights Watch.

    Mr. Fukushima’s publications include Nichi-Bei Keizai Masatsu no Seijigaku (The Politics of U.S.-Japan Economic Friction), winner of the 9th Masayoshi Ohira Memorial Prize in 1993. He received the Excellence 2000 Award from the U.S. Pan Asian American Chamber of Commerce in 1999, the Alumni Hall of Fame Award from Stanford University in 2002, and the Person of the Year Award from the National Japanese American Historical Society in 2008. Keio University (Japan) awarded him the status of Honorary Alumnus in 2012.

    A native of California, Mr. Fukushima was educated at Stanford University, Harvard University Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Harvard Business School, and Harvard Law School. At Harvard, he was awarded a National Science Foundation Fellowship. He has studied and worked in Japan for over 20 years, including at Keio University, a daily newspaper, an international law firm, and as a Fulbright Fellow and a Japan Foundation Fellow at the Faculty of Law, University of Tokyo.



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