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The structure of the international community has changed significantly in the past ten years. The relative standing of Japan has declined rapidly, and despite its overwhelming military strength, the influence of the U.S. on the international community has clearly declined. Meanwhile, China’s influence continues to rise as a result of its economic development, and it is garnering interest from countries worldwide. Considering the decline in the standing of the U.S. and Japan, it is unacceptable to restrict future American and Japanese research to a single country, and if we fail to conduct research U.S.-Japan relations that integrates the relative viewpoint of U.S.-China relations from the perspective of the U.S. and Japan in the world and Eastern Asia, we will no longer be able to deal with the problems facing us.

Future research on America and U.S.-Japan relationships must integrate both practical and academic aspects to cope with the structural changes in the international community. It is not enough to simply track the actual state of U.S.-Japan diplomatic issues, economic conditions, environmental issues, and so on. An academic analysis incorporating a medium to long-term perspective is required. At the same time, it is not enough to analyze the U.S.-Japanese political, economic and social landscape for the sake of academic interest. Research that responds to real-world needs is required.

Resolving the issues facing Japan and the U.S. stemming from the structural changes in the international community requires universities and businesses to collaborate to provide opportunities to conduct practical research founded on academic research principles that respond to real needs. Our academic research results will be implemented based on assumptions, suppositions and techniques that are mutually understood by U.S. and Japanese researchers. Practical research with political implications will be implemented to resolve actual problems facing the American and Japanese societies in the international community. The research results will periodically be published and provided to policy decision makers and corporate leaders. These research activities will enable us to influence government and corporate decision making in the U.S. and Japan.

To provide such opportunities, Japanese Top universities are setting up the U.S.-Japan Research Institute in Washington DC in collaboration with the business world. Top American and Japanese researchers will gather to jointly carry out research. Under their guidance, young researchers and employees from companies will have the opportunity to receive academic and practical training to help them resolve real-world problems. This will enable us to form an intellectual community that influences the decision-making of the top leaders in the U.S. and Japan, as well as encourage mutual understanding between the two countries.
We will also see the establishment of new U.S.-Japan relationships in the business world through a focus on mid-to-long term strategy.

The Board Chair


Yuichiro Anzai
President, Keio University
Hiroshi Komiyama
President, The University of Tokyo
Katsuhiko Shirai
President, Waseda University (Representative)
Toyoomi Nagata
Director, Ritsumeikan University
Hiroshi Matsumoto
President, Kyoto University

*These executive position titles were designated when the initial advocates met on February 19,2009.

Message from the Board Chair


Japan and the United States are re-affirming their mutual, strong alliance today, 70 years after World War II. After the arrival of Commodore Matthew C. Perry in Japan, this mutual relationship grew during the Meiji and Taisho Periods. The U.S.-Japan relationship has constantly served as a global standard while changing form during the tragic World Wars, the Cold War between the U.S. and the Soviet Union, and the post-Cold War period. At present, the U.S. and Japan have overcome their cultural and historical differences to fulfill their duty of building the future of the world founded on this close alliance and mutual relationship as economic partners.

Rapid globalization and the spread of information technology in the 21st century have led to visions of a new industrial revolution (Industry 4.0) and an “ultra-smart society” (Society 5.0). It has also given rise to new populist movements exemplified by Britain’s decision to leave the European Union. We must realize that major changes are beginning in the structure of the international community. At the same time, humankind is facing increasingly severe global issues concerning climate change, infectious disease, large-scale disasters, terrorism, poverty, disparities, immigration, and refugees.

In this world, the U.S. still has abundant hard (military and economic) and soft (cultural) power. Japan, which has experience with disasters, is also enhancing its soft power. For the sake of achieving peace and stability in Asia and across the globe, it will be of premium importance for the U.S. and Japan to further develop their mutual relationship and have a strong cooperative relationship to resolve national security and economic issues, to develop future-oriented sciences and technologies, and for human resource development. In addition to enhancing the intellectual foundations of both countries, intellectual community interactions are essential for achieving mutual understanding between the citizens of these two countries.

The U.S.-Japan Research Institute (USJI) is an information transmission base in Washington, D.C. founded cooperatively by major Japanese universities in 2009. Since then, USJI has made policy proposals, backed by academic research and from a neutral standpoint, in collaboration with universities and the industrial world and with support from many corporations. Our steady efforts in Washington, D.C., the capital of the U.S., and collaboration with American organizations have borne fruit. We have increased Japan’s degree of recognition in the U.S., and today the USJI has developed into a platform for discussing and taking action on initiatives related to the U.S.-Japan relationship and global-scale issues, drawing together American and Japanese researchers with diverse viewpoints, government officials, and young people who will be in charge of the next generation. In the future, I hope to further expand our activities and help create a future for the world founded on this U.S.-Japan intellectual community.

Aiji Tanaka
The Board Chair

Our Mission

Our mission was to produce practical research results based on a sound academic base, and to strategically establish a leading-edge research base from which to announce our results.

Policy Analysis

【Development of practical policy analysis based on academic research 】
Top researchers from American and Japanese universities as well as other institutions conducted academic research in conjunction with practical research with political implications that emphasizes dealing with practical needed to resolve problems.

Human Resource Development

【Development of personnel to resolve issues between the U.S. and Japan】
Teams of young researchers and employees from companies, under the guidance of American and Japanese researchers, contributed to the resolution of specific problems through practical research, and thereby fostered personnel who would be the future decision makers in the U.S. and Japan.

Community Building

【Building a community with the ability to make recommendations on U.S. and Japanese issues】
We built a community that influences corporate decision-making, as well as American and Japanese policy decisions by speaking out on various U.S.-Japanese issues.


Independent and Reliable

We positioned ourselves as a research institution that publishes independent research results that were helpful for formulating policies in the US and Japan. The institute was based in Washington D.C., which was at the center of policy disputes and policy information in the U.S..

Collaboration between Several Universities

Anchored by a core group of researchers from Japanese Top Universities, the Institute develops and draws on a network of scholars and professionals throughout the United States and across the world to probe issues of mutual and publish the results in summary and detailed form.

Flexible and Efficient Operating Structure

By utilizing networks between researchers, we intended to create a research system that operated at low cost while recruiting the ideal personnel for each project.

Announcement of Results in Japanese and English

The publishing of research results and newsletters, and the handling of inquiries concerning sponsored research supported in Japanese and English.

Long-term Business Development

We fostered young American and Japanese researchers (including those at the post doctorate level) who had the ability to understand and resolved various issues between the U.S. and Japan.

State-of-the-Art Research Base

Researchers who were dispatched to the Institute used the facilities as the primary base for surveying, researching and collecting the latest information, and were given the opportunity to interact and held discussions with researchers from the U.S. and Japan who were conducting leading-edge research.

An Overview of Our Activities

Projects were implemented in Washington, D.C., where researchers and policy-makers were gathered from around the world, and results were strategically announced.


Organizational Structure

<Board of Directors> Makes decisions on basic policies, as well as on organizational and budget plans.
<Auditing Committee> Inspects financial statements and issues internal audit report
<Officer> Officers shall operate the Institute according to the policies of the Board of Directors.
<Operating Advisor> Provide operational advice such as on establishing reserch themes.
<Study Teams> Organizes research teams according to research themes.
<Secretariat> (Washington D.C.)
The Secretariat shall provide public relations, handle financial and accounting matters; as well as administer services related to the acceptance of research grants, contract research, fundraising, and research support.
(Japan Office)
Acts as a liaison office, and manages public relations and fundraising in Japan.

Advisory Board

Yuichiro Anzai
Michael H. Armacost
Ichiro Fujisaki
Glen S. Fukushima
Hiromichi Iwasa
Hiroshi Komiyama
Hiroshi Matsumoto
Yoji Ohashi
Mikio Sasaki
Katsuhiko Shirai
Stephen J. Trachitenberg
Shigeru Hayakawa
Shunji Yanai

Board Advisor

Masako Egawa
(Former Chair)
Junichi Hamada
(Former Chair)
Katsuhiko Shirai
(Former Chair)
Akihiko Tanaka
(Former Chair)
Katsuichi Uchida
(Former President)

Board of Directors

The Chair

Aiji Tanaka (President, Waseda University )

The Vice Chair

Caroline Benton (Vice President & Executive Director, University of Tsukuba)
Kyoko Inagaki (Executive Vice-President, Kyoto University)
Jiro Kokuryo (Vice-President, Keio University)
Yoko Matsubara (Vice-President, Ritsumeikan)
Miki Sugimura (Vice President, Sophia University)
Naoshi Takasugi (Vice President, Executive Dean of Organization for the Promotion of Global Cooperation, Doshisha University)

Director for Financial Affairs

Shunji Kawaguchi

Audit Committee

Committee Member

Shunji Kawaguchi (Chairperson)
Caroline Benton
Jiro Kokuryo



Masahiko Gemma (Vice President, Waseda University)


Norio Takagi


Hiroaki Miyoshi

Operating Advisor

Operating Advisor

Nobuhiro Ishida (Professor, Doshisha University)
Kazuhiro Maeshima (Professor, Sophia University)
Mieko Nakabayashi (Professor, Waseda University)
Keiji Nakatsuji (Professor, Ritsumeikan University)
Shinnosuke Obi (Professor, Keio University)
Hiroshi Okayama (Professor, Keio University)
Takafumi Ohtomo (Associate Professor, University of Tsukuba)
Chikako Ueki (Professor, Waseda University)
Aya Yamada (Professor, Kyoto University)

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