Organized by Frances Rosenbluth (Yale University) and Masaru Kohno (Waseda University)
An international Conference in Honor of the Memory and Legacy of Asakawa Kan’ichi
After a century and a half as the dominant power in Asia, Japan is once again confronting a tectonic shift in Asia’s geopolitical landscape. Nothing looms larger in Japan’s foreign policy than China’s rising power, but China’s power appears to Japan as Janus-faced: China’s economic dynamism draws in colossal quantities of Japanese investment and production, locking the two countries in closer economic interdependence than ever before and fueling Japanese economic growth. At the same time, China’s economic growth is financing an enormous military build-up. This conference convenes a high-profile group of scholars and practitioners to consider Japan’s new geo-political environment, and to assess the domestic political process that presents policy options to the voting public.
Asakawa Kan’ichi, Yale University’s first professor of the history of Japan, was passionate both about world peace and about Japan’s national interest, and believed fervently that the two were simultaneously possible. Asakawa labored, as a scholar and as an informal participant in U.S.-Japan bilateral negotiations, to define Japan’s place in a peaceful world. The conference is dedicated to his memory and to his intellectual legacy.