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Date : February 15, 2024

Future Japan-US Relations In Light of the Upcoming Presidential Election (Dr. Yasushi Watanabe, Professor, Faculty of Environment and Information Studies, Keio University)

post date : 2024.01.25

2024 is being called a year in which democracy will be tested across the world.The Taiwan presidential election just finished in mid-January, and will be followed by the Russian presidential election in March and the US presidential election in November.


The US presidential election is set to be held on November 5 this year. The beginning of the primaries with the Iowa Republican caucuses on January 15 marked the start of the election to take place over the next ten months. As it stands, this election is expected to be a repeat of the 2020 election, with current incumbent President Joe Biden of the Democratic Party seeking reelection against former President Donald Trump of the Republican Party. With this decision of who will be the next leader of the US, the world’s largest military and economic power, anticipated to have a major impact on the future of the international order, interest in this election is extremely high.


The FPCJ has invited Dr. Yasushi Watanabe, a professor at the Keio University Faculty of Environment and Information Studies and an expert in American studies, to discuss what impact the US presidential election will have on Japan, and the future of Japan-US relations.


■Please note that you cannot physically attend this briefing, as it will be a Zoom webinar.

■Theme: Future Japan-US Relations In Light of the Upcoming Presidential Election

■Briefer: Professor Yasushi Watanabe, Faculty of Environment and Information Studies, Keio University 

■Language: Japanese, with consecutive English interpretation

As in our standard press briefings, there will be a Q&A session at the end.

*In principle, questions will only be accepted from members of the foreign press.

■Members of the Foreign Press:

Please send any questions for the briefer or topics you are interested in to by noon on Tuesday, February 13.

As there will only be a limited amount of time to ask questions during the briefing, we will collect questions and provide them to the briefer in advance.

Embassy representatives and FPCJ supporting members may also watch the briefing as observers (admission free).


■How to Apply: Please refer to the email  we sent.*We will not be accepting applications by email.

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