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Shimoda Conference

Shimoda Conference (previously Japanese-American Assembly) was a series of unofficial dialogues between representatives of the United States and Japan that first began in 1967 and continued every 2–4 years until 1994. In 2011 representatives from the United States and Japan gathered to hold the New Shimoda Conference in order to revive these dialogues.[1][2]


The first conference took place in 1967 and was the first forum for serious, but unofficial discussion between the two nations since World War II.[3] Hosted by the Japan Council for International Understanding (JCIE's predecessor) and the American Assembly of Columbia University the conference was attended by several Congressional members, including then Senate Majority Leader Mike Mansfield, Senator Edmund Muskie (later secretary of state), Representative Thomas Foley (later Speaker of the House), and Representative Donald Rumsfeld (later secretary of defense), as well as Japanese diet members Yasuhiro Nakasone (later prime minister) and Eiichi Nagasue (later chairman of the Democratic Socialist Party).[3]

New Shimoda Conference

On February 22, 2011 about 50 representatives from the United States and Japan gathered at the Tokyo hotel for the New Shimoda Conference in order to revive the historic forum between the two nations.[2] The conference commemorates the 40th anniversary of the Japan Center for International Exchange(JCIE), the independent organization that hosts the event.[1]



  • First Shimoda Conference (1967)
  • Second Shimoda Conference (1969)
  • Third Shimoda Conference (1972)
  • Fourth Shimoda Conference (1977)
  • Fifth Shimoda Conference (1981)
  • Sixth Shimoda Conference (1983)
  • Seventh Shimoda Conference (1987)
  • Eighth Shimoda Conference (1990)
  • Ninth Shimoda Conference (1994)
  • New Shimoda Conference (2011)


In addition to analysis and coverage of the forum, most of the discussions at the Shimoda Conferences are available in bilingual copies.[2]

  • Discord in the Pacific: Challenges to the Japanese-American Alliance, 1972 (3rd Shimoda Conference)
  • The United States and Japan, 1975
  • Encounter at Shimoda: Search for a New Pacific Partnership, 1979 (Fourth Shimoda Conference)
  • The Fifth Shimoda Conference, 1981
  • Shimoda Report: A Continuing Dialogue on Critical Issues in U.S.-Japan Relations, 1982
  • Report of the 6th Shimoda Conference, 1983
  • Report of the 7th Shimoda Conference, 1987
  • Report of the 8th Shimoda Conference, 1990
  • Japan and the United States in Asia Pacific: The Challenges for Japan in Asia (Final Report of the Shimoda '94), 1995
  • Japan and the United States in Asia Pacific: The Challenges for Japan in Asia (Background Papers for the Shimoda '94), 1995


  1. ^ a b New Shimoda conference, Kyodo News.
  2. ^ a b c Eldridge, Robert D. (21 February 2011). "Shimoda restart is good for the U.S.-Japan relationship". The Daily Yomiuri ( 
  3. ^ a b "Shimoda Conference". Japan Center for International Exchange. Retrieved 20 March 2011. 

Further reading

  • Tsuyoshi Sunora (16 May 2007). "'"A Missionary for 'Civilian Diplomacy. Nihon Keizai Shimbun (unofficial translation). Japan Center for International Exchange. Retrieved 20 March 2011. 

External links

  • Shimoda Conference, Japan Center for International Exchange
  • New Shimoda Conference, Japan Center for International Exchange
Opening Remarks
  • Tadashi Yamamoto, President, Japan Center for International Exchange (JCIE)
  • Hon. Diana DeGette, Member, US House of Representatives
  • Hon. Motohisa Furukawa, Member, House of Representatives of Japan; former Deputy Chief Cabinet Secretary
Keynote Speech
  • Hon. Jim Webb, Member, US Senate; Chairman, US Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on East Asian and Pacific Affairs; Chairman, Senate Armed Services Subcommittee on Personnel
Special Address for New Shimoda Conference
  • Hon. Seiji Maehara, Foreign Minister of Japan
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