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The 2011 - 2012 academic year marks the 20th Anniversary of the UCLA Paul I. and Hisako Terasaki Center for Japanese Studies. To commemorate this milestone, the Terasaki Center will be holding its first ever annual forum, New Visions of Japan. Please join us for this special event on Friday, June 1, 2012 at 4 PM.

Terasaki Center for Japanese Studies
20th Anniversary Event

New Visions of Japan Annual Forum


The theme New Visions of Japan engages both the transformative impact of the current situation in Japan as well as the fundamental changes that the nation has been undergoing over the past 20 years.  The current crisis has already had a strong effect on all levels of Japanese society and culture, from economics, politics, social media, energy policy, to creative culture.  At the same time, these changes are taking place against the backdrop of fundamental transformations in Japanese society that became especially clear following the end of the Cold War.  The theme is designed to highlight the innovative work that people are doing in various fields (both inside and outside Japan) to rethink and reshape Japan's identity within a global context. 

The public opening will commence with a series of lectures discussing the topic of the new political and economic relationship between the United States and Japan. A closed discussion of Japan Center directors will take place prior to the Annual Forum. 

Friday, June 1, 2012

Directors' Talk
11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
(closed discussion, by invitation only)

New Visions of Japan Annual Forum
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM 
UCLA Korn Convocation Hall

Featured Speakers and Presentations

U.S.-Japan Relations in Transition
In the last ten years, Japan and the U.S. faced numerous political, economic, and security challenges.  In the context of a dynamic Asia-Pacific region, which is rapidly changing, Senator Inouye will discuss the growing and transitioning U.S. – Japan relationship.

Presented by Honorable Daniel K. Inouye
United States Senator and Senate President Pro Tempore, State of Hawai’i


U.S.-Japan Relationship: A Post-Prime Minister Noda Visit Report Card
Prime Minister Noda’s visit to Washington DC on April 30, came at an important time in U.S.-Japan relations.  The two nations’ leaders discussed our security alliance, our global partnership, economic relations and people to people ties between our nations.  Jim Zumwalt will discuss the status of U.S.-Japan relations in each of these areas, and propose some ideas for our agenda for the future.

Presented by James Zumwalt
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Japan and Korea


Japan-US Cooperation at the United Nations
As reaffirmed at the April Summit Meeting in Washington DC, Japan and the U.S. have a shared vision for the future which guides them in their efforts in addressing various global challenges.  Ambassador Nishida will present his view, from a UN perspective, as to how the two countries are working closely together.

Presented by Tsuneo Nishida
Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary, 
Permanent Representative of Japan to the United Nations


Korn Convocation Hall

(inside the UCLA Anderson School of Management)

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This symposium is open to the public.
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Daniel K. Inouye
United States Senator and Senate President Pro Tempore, State of Hawai’i
Daniel K. Inouye, the most senior member of the U.S. Senate and the President Pro-Tempore, is known for his distinguished record as a legislative leader, and as a World War II combat veteran with the 442nd Regimental Combat Team, who earned the nation’s highest award for military valor, the Medal of Honor. Although he was thrust into the limelight in the 1970s as a member of the Watergate Committee and in 1987 as Chairman of the Iran-Contra Committee, he has also made his mark as a respected legislator able to work in a bipartisan fashion to enact meaningful legislation. As Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee and of the Senate Defense Appropriations Subcommittee, Senator Inouye has been able to focus on defense matters that strengthen national security, and enhance the quality of life for military personnel and their families. This reflects his hope for a more secure world, and his desire to provide the best possible assistance to the men and women who put their lives at risk to protect the United States. In addition, he is the Ranking Democrat on the Commerce, Science & Transportation Committee and the Indian Affairs Committee and sits on the Rules Committee. He helped establish the Inter-parliamentary Exchange Program between the U.S. Senate and Japan’s legislature, and in 2000 the Government of Japan presented him with the Grand Cordon of the Order of the Rising Sun.

James P. Zumwalt
EAP Deputy Assistant Secretary for Japan and Korea
Jim Zumwalt began his tour as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Japan and Korean affairs on January 3, 2012. He previously served as the Embassy Tokyo’s Deputy Chief of Mission. Jim was Director of the Office of Japanese Affairs in the Department of State, Washington, D.C. (2006-2008) and has served prior assignments in Japan, as Economic Minister Counselor (2002-2006), Embassy Tokyo Economic Officer (1989-1993) and Consulate Kobe Consular Officer (1983-85). His other assignments abroad have been as Economic Minister-Counselor in Embassy Beijing (1999-2002) and as Economic Officer in Embassy Kinshasa (1981-83). In Washington, D.C., Jim has previously worked in the Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs Korea and Philippine desks, and in the Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs Front Office. He has also worked in the Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs and on a detail to the United States Trade Representative's Office of Japan and China. Jim is fluent in Japanese and also speaks some Chinese and French.

Tsuneo Nishida
Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary; Permanent Representative of Japan to the United Nations
Before his appointment as Permanent Representative of Japan to the United Nations in August 2010, Ambassador Nishida served as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to Canada from January 2007. Working for Japan’s Foreign Ministry since 1970, he was in the Japanese Embassies in the USSR and in the USA, and was also the Japanese Consul-General in Los Angeles between August 1999 and March 2001. He served as Deputy Vice-Minister for Foreign Policy from September 2002 and as Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs in Tokyo from August 2005.


Special Thanks To

Dr. Paul I. and Hisako Terasaki, Terasaki Center Donors, Consulate General of Japan in Los Angeles, U.S. – Japan Council, and American Airlines.

Terasaki Center for Japanese Studies