Japan’s Geoeconomic Strategy in the Asia Pacific


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When: Oct 23 2020 - 1:00pm until Oct 23 2020 - 2:00pm
Where: Zoom Webinar


The East-West Center in Washington invites you to the
60 Minutes for the EWC 60th Anniversary Virtual Seminar Series:

Japan’s Geoeconomic Strategy in the Asia Pacific


Dr. Saori N. Katada
(EWCW Asia Studies Visiting Fellow, 2015)
Professor of International Relations,
University of Southern California

Dr. Ellen L. Frost (Discussant)
Senior Advisor and Fellow,
East-West Center

Dr.  Satu P. Limaye (Moderator)
Vice President, East-West Center &
Director, East West Center in Washington

Japan’s leadership helped to save the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) after the US withdrew. Formerly cast as a trade villain, Japan is now the hero of the rules-Left to right: Dr. Saori Katada and Dr. Ellen Frostbased international liberal order. Once characterized by bilateralism, informality, and neomercantilism, Japanese policy has shifted to a new liberal strategy emphasizing regional institution building and rule setting. How did this happen? As China and the United States wrestle over economic leadership initiatives, Japan currently occupies a pivotal position, one that is capable of tipping the geo-economic balance in the region. Professor Katada’s new book, Japan's New Regional Reality: Geoeconomic Strategy in the Asia-Pacific, discusses this new era of Japanese foreign economic policy. Derived from transformation of the country’s domestic political economy and strategic position in the region, Japan’s new role is bound to shape regional economic order for years to come.

To view Dr. Katada's PowerPoint, click here.

This year marks the 60th anniversary of the East-West Center and its mission to promote better relations and understanding among the people and nations of the United States, Asia, and the Pacific through cooperative study, research, and dialogue. The East-West Center in Washington (EWCW)’s 60 Minutes for the EWC 60th Anniversary Alumni Seminar Series  highlights the work of EWCW alumni/ae who have participated in our fellowship, publication, dialogue, and conference programs.


Saori N. Katada is Professor of Political Science and International Relations Department at University of Southern California. Her new book, Japan’s New Regional Reality: Geoeconomic Strategy in the Asia-Pacific, was published by Columbia University Press in July 2020. She is also a co-author of two recent books: The BRICS and Collective Financial Statecraft (Oxford University Press, 2017), and Taming Japan’s Deflation: The Debate over Unconventional Monetary Policy (Cornell University Press, 2018).  She has her PhD is from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (Political Science), and her BA from Hitotsubashi University (Tokyo).  Before joining USC, she served as a researcher at the World Bank in Washington DC, and as International Program officer at the UNDP in Mexico City.

Ellen L. Frost is a Senior Advisor and Fellow at the East-West Center and a Visiting Distinguished Research Fellow at the National Defense University. She writes and lectures on Asian political-economic issues and their strategic and security implications. Her books include Asia's New Regionalism and For Richer, For Poorer: The New U.S.-Japan Relationship. She previously served in a variety of positions in the US Government, including the Senate, the Treasury Department, the Department of Defense, and the Office of the US Trade Representative. She received her PhD from the Department of Government at Harvard University.

Satu Limaye is Vice President of the East-West Center and the Director of the East-West Center in Washington where he created and now directs the Asia Matters for America initiative and is the founding editor of the Asia Pacific Bulletin. He is also a Senior Advisor at CNA Corp (Center for Naval Analyses) and Senior Fellow on Asia History and Policy at the Foreign Policy Institute at Paul H. Nitze School of International Studies (SAIS). He is a graduate of Georgetown University and received his doctorate from Oxford University (Magdalen College) where he was a George C. Marshall Scholar. Recent publications include: “America’s ‘Pacific Principle’ in an Indivisible Pacific Islands Region,” (Asia-Pacific Bulletin); “Despite Stumbles, America’s Engagement with Southeast Runs Deep,” (Global Asia); Raging Waters: China, India, Bangladesh, and Brahmaputra Water Politics (Marine Corps University Press); and Russia’s Peripheral Relevance to US-Indo Pacific Relations (Center for the National Interest).

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