The 47th Meeting of "Diplomatic Roundtable"
on "Japan-US Relations Under the Obama Administration" Held

JFIR and its two sister organizations, Global Forum of Japan and Council on East Asian Community, taking advantage of an occasion of a visit to Japan of a prominent person on international and other affairs, regularly organize a "Diplomatic Roundtable" meeting, which is an informal gathering of members of JFIR and its two sister organizations for a frank exchange of views and opinions with the visiting guest. The 47th "Diplomatic Roundtable" meeting on the topic of "Japan-US Relations Under the Obama Administration" was held on 9 March 2009. An introductory presentation by Mr. W. Michael MESERVE, Minister Counselor for Political Affairs of the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo, was as follows.

The Obama Administration has been undergoing a drastic change in the U.S. foreign policy since the inauguration of the presidency, which is typified by the Secretary of State's remarks, "America cannot solve the problems of the world alone, and the world cannot solve them without America." And "Emphasis on soft-power and international harmonization" is a basic stance for the U.S. new diplomacy.

President Obama has been running on a platform of "Change," but the U.S. policy towards Asia and Japan will be continuously important and it will be a symbol of "Unchanged Policy." And it was the most distinctive evidence that Japan was the first country in Hillary Clinton's first overseas trip as U.S. secretary of state, saying "Our alliance with Japan is a cornerstone of American policy in Asia, essential to maintaining peace and prosperity in the Asia-Pacific region." U.S. and Japan should work on global issues such as climate change and global health, and Japan's increasing assistance to Afghanistan will be highly appreciated.


The Japan Forum on International Relations (JFIR)