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Our keynote speaker, Glen S. Fukushima, is one of the most knowledgeable experts on US-Japan relations. Having served as Director for Japanese Affairs (1985-1988) and Deputy Assistant United States Trade Representative for Japan and China (1988-1990) at the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR), he held various senior business executive positions in Asia with multinational corporations (1990-2012) and was also elected for two terms as President of the American Chamber of Commerce in Japan. Today, Mr. Fukushima is Senior Fellow at the Center of American Progress, a public policy think tank in Washington, D.C., where he focuses on US-East Asia relations. He holds degrees from Stanford University and Harvard University.
Koichi Nakano is Professor of Political Science and Dean of the Faculty of Liberal Arts, Sophia University. He has graduated from the University of Tokyo and the University of Oxford, and obtained his Ph.D. from Princeton University. A frequent media commentator, he has contributed an op-ed on the authoritarian turn under Prime Minister Abe entitled “The Leader Who Was ’Trump Before Trump’” to the New York Times in May 2019.
Tilman Schmit-Neuerburg, Ph.D., heads the Political Affairs section as Minister Counsellor at the German Embassy to Japan. He is a career diplomat with stations in Poland, Belarus and Italy. At the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Berlin he held various positions and served as Deputy Head of the Southern and Southeastern Europe Department before being stationed to Tokyo. He will represent and comment on the German perspective of the changing security tectonics in the region and the implications of the fluid relations under Trump for Europe.