July 11-15, 2018

Japan

Sheila A. Smith, PhD

Senior Fellow for Japan Studies
Council on Foreign Relations

Japan is the most important ally of the US in Asia. US trade with Japan totaled an estimated $270.7 billion in 2016, and Japan is currently the 4th largest goods trading partner for the US. This alliance is crucial to both nations' economic and political interests, Dr. Sheila Smith pointed out to the Forum. However, Japan faces challenges not just from emerging competition in the region but also from its own demographics as a rapidly aging society. Dr. Smith explored the economic and political impacts of these demographics changes as well as the rapidly evolving geopolitical environment in Asia on Japan and its relationship with the US.

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July 11-15, 2018

Japan

Sheila A. Smith, PhD

Senior Fellow for Japan Studies
Council on Foreign Relations

Japan is the most important ally of the US in Asia. US trade with Japan totaled an estimated $270.7 billion in 2016, and Japan is currently the 4th largest goods trading partner for the US. This alliance is crucial to both nations' economic and political interests, Dr. Sheila Smith pointed out to the Forum. However, Japan faces challenges not just from emerging competition in the region but also from its own demographics as a rapidly aging society. Dr. Smith explored the economic and political impacts of these demographics changes as well as the rapidly evolving geopolitical environment in Asia on Japan and its relationship with the US.

July 11-15, 2018

Japan

Sheila A. Smith, PhD

Senior Fellow for Japan Studies
Council on Foreign Relations

Japan is the most important ally of the US in Asia. US trade with Japan totaled an estimated $270.7 billion in 2016, and Japan is currently the 4th largest goods trading partner for the US. This alliance is crucial to both nations' economic and political interests, Dr. Sheila Smith pointed out to the Forum. However, Japan faces challenges not just from emerging competition in the region but also from its own demographics as a rapidly aging society. Dr. Smith explored the economic and political impacts of these demographics changes as well as the rapidly evolving geopolitical environment in Asia on Japan and its relationship with the US.