The Tokyo Foundation for Policy Research


The Tokyo Foundation for Policy Research



Webinar on the US Presidential Election and Japan-US Relations

In late October, on the eve of the November 3 US presidential election, the Tokyo Foundation for Policy Research and the US Embassy in Tokyo co-organized a webinar analyzing the latest polling results and offering a prognosis of the election’s impact on Japan-US relations.

Senior Fellow Fumiaki Kubo examined domestic trends in the United States, while Masakatsu Ota of Kyodo News focused his comments on US foreign policy. The presentations were followed by a panel discussion, based on questions posed from the audience.

Watch the webinar (in Japanese only)

Fumiaki Kubo  Senior Fellow, Tokyo Foundation for Policy Research; A. Barton Hepburn Professor of American Government and History, Graduate Schools for Law and Politics, University of Tokyo
Masakatsu Ota  Senior/Editorial Writer, Kyodo News; Visiting Professor, Waseda University and Nagasaki University

Gary Schaefer  Principal Officer, US Consulate Nagoya

Profile of Senior Fellow Fumiaki Kubo

Profile of Masakatsu Ota
Graduated from Waseda University and received his doctorate from the National Graduate Research Institute for Policy Studies. After joining Kyodo News, he served in the Hiroshima bureau, foreign news department, political news department, and the Washington bureau before assuming his current position. He is also a regular commentator on TV Asahi’s Hodo Station news program and is the author of eight books on nuclear weapons issues. He was awarded the Vaughan-Ueda Memorial Prize for international reporting in 2006 and the Peace and Cooperative Journalist Fund of Japan prize in 2009.



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