JUSFC Hosts U.S.-Japan Town Hall with Deputy Secretary of State Blinken

April 21, 2015 

On the occasion of its 40th anniversary, and the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II, on April 14, 2015, the Japan-U.S. Friendship Commission (JUSFC) in cooperation with the U.S. Department of State hosted the first of its kind high profile U.S.-Japan Town Hall “in Washington, D.C., featuring Deputy Secretary of State Antony Blinken, in conversation with JUSFC Vice Chair Dr. Sheila Smith. In the lead-up to the visit by the prime minister of Japan Shinzo Abe, the Town Hall meeting, entitled, “A Celebration of 70 years of Peace, Partnership, and Prosperity” aimed to recognize contributions from nationwide stakeholders to the strong partnership that has developed between the United States and Japan.

JUSFC and the Department of State invited over 100 U.S.-Japan experts in Washington, D.C., but to also engage audiences from Japan America Societies in Atlanta, GA, Minneapolis, MN, San Francisco, CA and Dallas, TX at viewing parties across the country. The viewing parties and the larger public engaged Deputy Secretary Blinken and Dr. Smith by submitting questions by video and on Twitter via the hashtag #USAJapan70. The questions ranged from geopolitics to student exchanges to the TPP.

The U.S.-Japan Town Hall also included a pre-event, where Assistant Secretary Daniel Russel, a JUSFC Commissioner, engaged the four Japan-America Societies in an hour-long online interactive video conversation on a number of topics related to the bilateral relationship. To view the archived webcast, please click here. To view the transcript of Deputy Secretary Blinken’s remarks please click here.