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Shorenstein Journalism Award Panel Discussion: Continuity and Change in the U.S.-Japan Alliance

Announced earlier this year, Yoichi Funabashi is the 2015 Shorenstein Journalism Award recipient. As part of the annual ceremonies, Funabashi will deliver remarks on the U.S.-Japan alliance, followed by comments from three Japan experts.
The postwar alliance of the United States and its former wartime foe, Japan, is one of the most enduring relationships of the postwar era. It remains a cornerstone of the foreign policy of both nations. But it is also an alliance in the midst of change. In both countries, domestic politics affects the security alliance, as well as the impact of economic turmoil and the challenges of slowing growth. Populism in the United States is already challenging the need for the alliance. Similar questions are raised by the hollowing out of Japan’s postwar moderative conservativism which long supported the alliance. Both the U.S. rebalance to Asia and Japan’s “proactive pacifism” are now in question. 
Yoichi Funabashi, Co-founder and Chairman, Rebuld Japan Initiative Foundation, former Editor-in-Chief, Asahi Shimbun (2007-2010) 
Susan Chira, Deputy Executive Editor, former Foreign Editor and Tokyo Correspondent, New York Times
Michael Armacost, Shorenstein APARC Distinguished Fellow, Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center, Stanford University, former U.S. Ambassador to Japan
Daniel Sneider, Associate Director for Research, Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center, Stanford University, former Foreign Correspondent, San Jose Mercury News
Yoichi Funabashi is an award-winning Japanese journalist, columnist and author. He has written extensively on foreign affairs, the U.S.-Japan Alliance, economics and historical issues in the Asia-Pacific.
He has a distinguished career as a journalist. He served as correspondent for the Asahi Shimbun in Beijing (1980-81) and Washington (1984-87), and as U.S. General Bureau Chief (1993-97). In 2013 he won the Oya Soichi Nonfiction Award for his book on the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Accident ‘Countdown to Meltdown,’ he won the Japan Press Award known as Japan’s “Pulitzer Prize” in 1994 for his columns on international affairs.
Funabashi’s complete profile can be found here.
The Shorenstein Journalism Award, which carries a cash prize of $10,000, honors a journalist not only for a distinguished body of work, but also for the particular way that work has helped American readers to understand the complexities of Asia. The award, established in 2002, was named after Walter H. Shorenstein, the philanthropist, activist, and businessman who endowed two institutions that are focused respectively on Asia and on the press: the Walter H. Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center (Shorenstein APARC) in the Freeman Spogli Institute at Stanford University, and the Joan Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics, and Public Policy in the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.
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Friday, May 6, 2016. 12:00 PM


Encina Hall, Bechtel Conference Center


Asia-Pacific Research Center




RSVP required by May 2
Free and open to the public