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[ONLINE EVENT] Japanese Government Leadership and U.S.-Japan Relations during COVID-19

Tuesday, August 11, 2020 | 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

(Photo by Tomohiro Ohsumi/Getty Images)

Co-presented by the Japan-America Society of Dallas/Fort Worth and the Sun & Star Program on Japan and East Asia at SMU’s Tower Center for Policy Policy and International Studies.

The COVID-19 pandemic has affected billions across the globe and has forced governments to act rapidly in order to ensure public safety. Leaders in Japan had the dual dilemma of being one of the first countries to experience the disease and dealing with the postponement of a massive spectator event, the 2020 Summer Olympic Games. Japan has also demonstrated unique leadership styles, varying between Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike, and Osaka Governor Hirofumi Yoshimura. Additionally, this period has represented a challenge for relations between Japan and the U.S. given the two countries’ restricted access. Join us for this engaging discussion on how leaders in Japan addressed the pandemic, the importance for the future of Japanese politics,  and the implications for the U.S.-Japan alliance.

Date and Time

Tuesday, August 11, 2020
6:00 PM Dallas/7:00 PM Washington D.C.
Wednesday, August 12, 2020
8:00 AM Japan





Benjamin GoldbergJapan Analyst for the Bureau of Intelligence and Research, United States Department of State

Dr. Yosuke SunaharaProfessor in Graduate School of Law, Kobe University


Dr. Hiroki TakeuchiAssociate Professor of Political Science and Director of the Sun & Star Program on Japan and East Asia in the Tower Center, Southern Methodist University (SMU)

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Tuesday, August 11, 2020
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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Japan-America Society of Dallas/Fort Worth
John G. Tower Center for Political Studies at SMU
The Japan-America Society of Dallas/Fort Worth is a Texas non-profit corporation qualified under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.