Date: 7:00pm EDT October 30, 2018

Japan Confronts Reagan, Bush, and Trump: The Complex, Critical Relationship Between Japan and the U.S.

Scholar and Author Koji Murata will be featured in this talk moderated by Dr. Andrew Oros.

Japan has been one of America’s most important strategic partners in the world economically and militarily for over half a century, though this relationship has been difficult in the past and may be in the future, as President Donald Trump threatens Japan with new tariffs. Koji Murata, professor of political science from Doshisha University, Kyoto, Japan, will discuss the current and possible future tensions between the countries in the context of past tense times under Presidents Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush, drawing on his latest book, a biography of Reagan published in Japanese. 


Murata studied at the George Washington University as a Fulbright student from 1991 to 1995. He is the author of many books and articles in Japanese and English, and he is a member of the Board of Governors, Japan Broadcasting Corporation, known as NHK, equivalent to BBC in Japan. He is also a member of the advisory committee on overseas development assistance for Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono. Murata received his B.A. in Political Science from Doshisha University and M.A. and Ph.D. in Political Science from Kobe University, Kobe, Japan.


This free event is co-sponsored by WC’s International Studies program, the Asian Studies program, and the US-Japan Research Institute in Washington, D.C.