Sunday, July 5, 2015

Monday in Washington, July 6, 2015

STATE OF U.S. PATENT REFORM. 7/6, 1:00-2:30pm. Sponsor: CSIS, Strategic TechnologiesProgram. Speakers: Michelle K. Lee, Under Secretary, Commerce for Intellectual Property, Director, United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO); Victoria A. Espinel, President and CEO, BSA, Software Alliance; Michael A. Waring, Executive Director, Federal Relations, University of Michigan.

REFORMING THE MANAGEMENT OF INDONESIA’S ENERGY AND MINERAL RESOURCES SECTOR: AN UPDATE. 7/6, 2:30-4:00pm. Sponsor: The United States-Indonesia Society (USINDO). Speaker: H.E. Sudirman Said, Indonesia’s Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources. 

COMBATING ENVIRONMENTAL DEGRADATION AND POVERTY IN WESTERN CHINA. 7/6, 3:00-4:30pm. Sponsor: Woodrow Wilson Center (WWC). Speakers: Jin Jiaman, Executive Director of the Global Environment Institute; Boahua Zheng, Director or Rural Development Institute; Ling Du, Director of the Chengdu Shuguang Community Capacity-Building Center. 

PUTTING AMERICA BACK ON THE FAST TRACK: TRADE PROMOTION AUTHORITY PASSES THE HOUSE AND SENATE. 7/6, 4:00-5:00pm. Sponsor: Association of Women in International Trade (WIIT). Speakers: Eva Hampl, Director of Investment Trade and Financial Services, United States Council for International Business; Adeline Hinderer Sayers, Trade Counselor and Deputy Head of Section, Delegation of the European Union to the US.

Saturday, July 4, 2015

UNESCO and Japan’s Act of Forgetting

Baron Mitsui hosting a dinner for senior POW officers from Fukuoka #17,
the Miike Omuta Mine, after the war
Designation of Japan’s Meiji-era sites overlooks some important history.

By Mindy Kotler, APP Director
The Diplomat, July 3, 2015

For more on the American POW experience with Imperial Japan see the APP blog American POWs of Japan

This is Karel Aster’s year. In April, the Czech Republic granted the 95-year-old Florida resident the nation’s highest honor, the Gratias Agit, for his valor and bravery during World War II. Aster had volunteered to fight with the Americans in 1941 to defend the Philippines against the Japanese invasion. He survived the battle, the Bataan Death March, a hell ship to Japan, and years as a slave laborer at a Mitsui coal mine at Omuta, Kyushu Island.

Also at the Mitsui site were American Lester Tenney and Australian Tom Uren. Tenney, another survivor of the Bataan Death March, persuaded the Japanese government in 2009 to apologize to the American POWs of Japan. Uren, who died last January, was a leading Labor Party politician who secured supplementary payment to Australia’s 900 surviving prisoners from World War II and the Korean War.

Account by a Scottish POW
of Mitsui's Miike coal mine
click to order
This coming weekend, UNESCO will designate the Mitsui Miike coal mine as a World Heritage site of Japan’s early modernization. The Japanese nomination, however, makes no mention of the history of any WWII POWs or of the thousands of Asian slave laborers at this site.

UNESCO is expected to approve 23 similar Japanese-nominated sites. Absent will be any accounting of the dark histories associated with these mines, foundries, and shipyards. Silence about the full history of these would-be global landmarks undermines UNESCO’s international goals and the U.S.-Japan alliance.

Lester Tenney's account of
being a  POW at
Mitsui's Miike coal mine
Currently there are 1,007 sites on the UNESCO World Heritage List. They are to serve as “instruments of international understanding and international cooperation.” The World Heritage accolade brings prestige and international attention to unique cultural accomplishments.

World Heritage sites often become tourist attractions and many nations view the designation as a path to reviving fading regions and cities. That is one motive behind Japan’s nomination of its sites. But the selective telling of their history is part of the Abe administration’s broader policy of restoring Japanese pride in their past.

Dr. Thomas Hewlett
Mitsui Omuta POW
Camp doctor
click to read
his account of conditions
The regions of Japan’s UNESCO nominations are in search of tourist dollars as they are among the hardest hit by the country’s economic downturn. Tourism is a growth industry in Japan with visitors from China nearly doubling and Korea not far behind. Many of the nominated sites are also located in the home districts of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Taro Aso, and Agriculture Minister Yoshimasa Hayashi.

The family companies of Aso and Hayashi, The Aso Group and Ube Industries respectively, used Allied POW slave labor at company sites included among the nominations. Of the eight industrial areas nominated, five held 26 POW camps with nearly 13,000 Allied POWs providing slave labor to Japan’s industrial giants, including Mitsui, Mitsubishi, Sumitomo, Aso Group, Ube Industries, Tokai Carbon, Nippon Coke & Engineering, Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal Corporation, Furukawa Company Group, and Denka. The POWs came from the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia, India, New Zealand, Norway, Jamaica, Portugal, South Africa, Malaya, Arabia, and Czechoslovakia.

In addition, the nominated ports at Kitakyushu, then called Moji, and Nagasaki, were the entry points for nearly 35,000 Allied POWs, of which approximately 11,000 were American. Over 7,000 American and Allied POWs died traveling to Japan aboard the aptly called “hell ships,” and 3,500 more perished in Japan, 25 percent within the first 30 days of arrival.

Slave labor in Japan did not begin with World War II. Forced and conscripted labor was a critical part of the mining and manufacturing industries in nineteenth-century Meiji Japan. From late Meiji (1868-1912) onward, Japan used “industrial prisons” to supply labor to factories and mills at private companies. Up until the 1930s, the majority of the miners were convicts with the rest being peasants made landless by Meiji land reforms and “outcastes.” One-third were women. Chinese and Korea labor became important in Japan’s mines and factories, and on the docks.

Tokyo’s World Heritage nominations fail to address the full historical significance of these sites. Japan’s industrialization included Japanese and foreigners, nobles and outcasts, POW slaves and conscripted Koreans, as well as women and children. Without taking these into account, the story Japan wants to tell fails to meet UNESCO criteria of “universal value and meaning.”

Japan and UNESCO should look to the perhaps surprisingly positive experience of other World Heritage sites that do acknowledge their darker histories. The Liverpool-Maritime Merchant City site is a striking case in point. The Liverpool port served a key role in the triangular transatlantic slave trade of the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries.

Liverpool has acknowledged its substantial role in a deplorable (and what would today be a criminal) business. Liverpool opened in 2007 the International Slavery Museum on the dock and, in 2006, a Centre for the Study of International Slavery at the University of Liverpool. Identical memorials to the victims of slavery stand on the docks of Liverpool, Richmond, Virginia, and Cotonou, Benin, linking this shared memory among them. These resources have drawn scholars and others and have in fact bolstered Liverpool’s reputation has a place where history – both good and bad – can be studied and understood.

Of the 21 nations represented on today’s UNESCO World Heritage committee, nationals from six were World War II POWs held on mainland Japan. These are: India, Malaysia, Jamaica, Finland, Poland, Portugal, and South Korea. A seventh, South Korea, had hundreds of thousands of its men and women conscripted to work in near slavery conditions.

The U.S. does not have a vote in UNESCO. But Washington can speak to its Japanese ally to remind them of the debt they owe American veterans for defending their freedom.

On the morning of August 9, 1945, all the POWs in Omuta saw the red cloud rise from Nagasaki across the bay. Although a very modern weapon ended their ordeal at the Miike mine, they had experienced labor in Japan that had changed little since Meiji times. They would not want such forced labor to be repeated and certainly none would want it forgotten.

As it stands, Japan’s nomination of Meiji industrial sites is an act of forgetting. It omits the full history of Japan’s industrialization. For UNESCO to accept this is a disservice to its charter and to the memory of the thousands that slaved for Imperial Japan.

Unesco and the story of Japan's Meiji Era

Front Gate Fukuoka #2 POW Camp - Mitsubishi Shipyards Nagasaki

If badly handled, the World Heritage listing could serve to recouple the impressive Meiji industrial revolution to the slumbering concept of Japan as the glorious "light of Asia".

BY WILLIAM UNDERWOOD
Independent scholar and APP member who completed his PhD at Kyushu University on reparations movements for forced labour in wartime Japan.

THE STRAITS TIMES, June 29, 2015

THE Unesco World Heritage Committee yesterday began considering this year's nominations to the World Heritage List. The 10-day session is normally quiet, and acceptance of the proposals - already vetted by an advisory body called the International Council on Monuments and Sites (Icomos) - is considered routine.

The 500-page Icomos advisory report provides a flavour of the 40-plus nominations slated for approval: rock art sites in Saudi Arabia and Uganda, Viking sites in northern Europe, a bridge in Britain, Spanish missions in the United States, an aqueduct in Mexico, a monastery in Georgia and the Singapore Botanic Gardens.

Then there is Japan's ambitious - even audacious - Unesco bid.

"Sites of Japan's Meiji Industrial Revolution" seek World Heritage status for two dozen mines, factories, ports and shipyards located mainly in the nation's south-west. The Icomos report released last month notes the properties represent the "first successful transfer of industrialisation from the West to a non-Western nation".

The governments of South Korea and China, however, have expressed opposition to the listing, and vigorous lobbying campaigns on both sides of the issue have injected international politics into the upcoming discussion about cultural landmarks.

Critics of the Japanese package view Meiji Era (1868-1912) nation-building as inseparable from 20th-century empire-building, which led inexorably to Japanese colonialism and the Asia-Pacific War. History is never easy in North-east Asia.

Resistance to Japan's plan stems from the fact that some 700,000 Koreans, 40,000 Chinese and 35,000 Allied prisoners of war (POWs) performed forced labour for private industry in wartime Japan.

But there have been almost no corporate acknowledgments, no apologies and no compensation to individual victims.

Fully one-third of Japan's would-be Unesco sites can be directly connected to forced labour, and groups representing US and British former POWs are also sceptical about Tokyo's application.

These nominated venues include port facilities at Moji in Fukuoka prefecture, through which tens of thousands of workers bound for the Kyushu coal mines involuntarily passed. Their toil produced profits for companies like Mitsui and Mitsubishi, the zaibatsu twin pillars of wartime production that owned - or still own - several of the properties slated for Unesco's imprimatur. In fact, Mitsubishi has operated the Nagasaki shipbuilding yard - where hundreds of forced labourers perished in the American atomic bombing that ended the war - for the past 128 years.

Yawata (or Yahata) Steel Works, originally known as Imperial Steel Works, was built by the central government using hefty indemnity payments extracted from China following the First Sino-Japanese War of 1894-1895. The mills were later taken over by Nippon Steel, which ran the enterprise using forced labourers during the war and runs it today as Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal Corp. The inclusion in a World Heritage application of working sites belonging to private firms is considered atypical.

Japan's initiative to showcase the remarkable industrial achievements of the Meiji Era represents a focused, sustained public-relations effort. Its stated theme being "From a small Asian nation to world economic power", the Kagoshima-based official website for the global push (with an English version at www. kyuyama.jp/e) recounts the rise of modern Japan beginning with the Opium Wars, which presaged a regional geopolitical upheaval that rightly alarmed the foundering Tokugawa shogunate.

"Emergence of Industrial Japan: Kyushu-Yamaguchi" is a 20-page summary of the original Unesco proposal prepared by Japan in 2009. Japan at the dawn of the Meiji Restoration, according to the promotional piece, "chose rapid industrialisation as a strategy to preserve national independence, free from foreign political and economic subordination. Japan was determined to join the modern world economy on its terms rather than those of a colonial power. It was to become the master of change rather than its victim".

The World Heritage submission bookends the histories of the proposed sites at 1850 and 1910, with the latter year marking (perhaps coincidentally) the start of Japan's formal annexation of Korea. Since the Meiji emperor reigned until 1912, this bracketing may seek to sidestep the contentious history of colonialism on the Korean peninsula, which set the stage for the annexation of Manchuria in 1931 and eventually for total war with China and the West.

To some observers, the nature of Japan's unusual "serial nomination" of 23 sites spread across eight prefectures, intended to highlight 60 years of relatively recent national emergence, suggests an ulterior motive. So does the pending listing of Shokasonjuku Academy in Yamaguchi prefecture. This property, according to the Icomos report, was "one of the bases of the respected royalist teacher, Shoin Yoshida, who aspired to progressive ideas based on Western education, science and industry but with respect to Japanese traditions".

Yoshida himself was executed for his revolutionary activities by the Tokugawa regime in 1859, but he provided the philosophical compass for the core of young samurai leaders who engineered the Meiji Restoration in 1868. Later, however, ideas first expounded at Shokasonjuku Academy morphed into a wellspring of motivation and justification for Japanese militarism and expansion on the Asian mainland - and beyond. Yoshida and his followers were held up as a dynamic contrast to the "backwardness" of other Asians who had not successfully responded to the challenge of Western domination.

There may be a mismatch between the Icomos finding that Japan's package meets the Unesco requirement for "outstanding universal value" and the portrayal in Japan's own pitch of a "unique and exceptional affirmation of the cutting-edge, living, industrial cultural tradition of this small Asian nation".

Similarly, the Japanese website's headline for the boosterish section on Imperial Steel Works reads: "Mighty national enterprise remains testimony to dauntless Meiji spirit."

Unesco is set to confirm the Meiji industrial sites at a moment when historical revisionism related to the Asia-Pacific War is increasing under Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who has challenged interpretations of Japan's imperialism, colonialism and prosecution of the war that have been accepted as mainstream since 1945.

The World Heritage application was originally submitted during the premiership of Mr Taro Aso, the current Cabinet member who wrote a 2007 book called Japan The Tremendous. In the book, Mr Aso contends Japan is a "fount of moral lessons" for Asia.

The Icomos advisory report, while urging approval of the Japanese bid, also calls on Japan to prepare an interpretive strategy that "allows an understanding of the full history of each site".

By holistically depicting the forced labour-linked sites and adopting best practices for inclusive historical narration, Tokyo's Unesco project could potentially become a model for transnational exchange, understanding and reconciliation.

If badly handled, the World Heritage listing could serve to recouple the impressive Meiji industrial revolution to the slumbering concept of Japan as the glorious "light of Asia". The story of modern Japan might then degenerate into a nationalistic narrative about Imperial Japan's overseas aims and actions. That's the last thing the region needs now.

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Monday in Washington, June 29, 2015

DEGRADE AND DEFEAT: EXAMINING THE ANTI-ISIS STRATEGY. 6/29, 9:00-10:30am. Sponsor: CSIS, Transnational Threat Project. Speakers: David Ignatius, Columnist, Washington Post, Associate Editor, Author, The Director; Stephen Kappes, Deputy Director, Operations, Former Deputy Director, CIA; Tom Sanderson, Director and Senior Fellow, CSIS Transnational Threats Project.

REVITALIZATION OF THE JAPANESE ECONOMY AND THE JAPAN-US RELATIONSHIP. 6/29, 10:00-11:00am. Sponsor: US Chamber of Commerce (USCC). Speaker: Sadayuki Sakakibara, Chairman of Keidanren, the Japanese Business Federation. 

CAN RUSSIAN-WESTERN COOPERATION IN THE ARCTIC SURVIVE THE CURRENT CONFLICT? 6/29, 10:00-11:30am. Sponsor: Wilson Center (WWC). Speakers: Irvin Studin, Founder, Global Brief magazine, President, Institute for 21st Century Questions, Toronto; Hon. Kenneth S. Yalowitz, Global Fellow, Former U.S. Ambassador, Republic of Belarus and Georgia.

INDIA-BANGLADESH RELATIONS IN THE WAKE OF MODI’S VISIT TO BANGLADESH. 6/29, 10:30am-Noon. Sponsor: Carnegie Endowment (CEIP). Speakers: Farooq Sobhan, President and CEO, Bangladesh Enterprise Institute; Frederic Grare, Director, South Asia Program, CEIP. 

FIFTY YEARS AFTER THE ESTABLISHMENT OF DIPLOMATIC RELATIONS: ARE GERMAN-ISRAELI RELATIONS STILL “SPECIAL”? 6/29, 12:30-9:00pm. Sponsor: American Institute for Contemporary German Studies (AICGS). Speakers: Harald Kindermann, Ambassador, Republic of Germany; Mitchell Barak, KEEVOON Global Research; Nora Müller, Körber Stiftung; Shlomo Shpiro, Bar-Ilan University; Eric Fusfield, B'nai B'rith International; Michael Borchard, Konrad Adenauer Foundation – Israel; Jeffrey Herf, University of Maryland; Hadas Cohen, Israeli Political Scientist, Author and Germany Close Up Alumna; Lily Gardner Feldman, American Institute for Contemporary German Studies at Johns Hopkins University; Katharina von Münster, U.S. Communications Director of Action Reconciliation Service for Peace, former Israel Program Director.

DIPLOMACY BEYOND THE NATION-STATE. 6/29, 2:00-4:00pm. Sponsor: Atlantic Council, Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security. Speakers: H.E. Rachad Boulal, Ambassador, Embassy, Kingdom of Morocco; Paula Dobriansky, Senior Fellow, Future of Diplomacy Project, Harvard University; H.E. Ashok Kumar Mirpuri, Ambassador, Embassy of Singapore; Thomas Perriello, Special Representative for the Quadrennial Diplomacy, Development Review, US Department of State; H.E. Juan Gabriel Valdes, Ambassador, Embassy of Chile.

THE RESULTS WE NEED IN 2016: POLICY RECOMMENDATIONS FOR THE NUCLEAR SECURITY SUMMIT. 6/29, 2:30-4:00pm. Sponsor: CSIS. Speakers: Andrew Bieniawski, Vice President for Material Security, Nuclear Threat Initiative; James Doyle, Former Nuclear Policy Specialist, Los Alamos National Laboratory; Sharon Squassoni, Director, Proliferation Prevention Program, CSIS.

Monday, June 22, 2015

Prime Minister of Japan’s Schedule February 9-15, 2015

Monday, February 9, 2015

AM

12:00 At private residence (no visitors)
08:00 At private residence in Tomigaya, Tokyo (no morning visitors)
09:18 Depart from private residence
09:32 Arrive at office
10:40 Receive courtesy call from UN Special Representative of Secretary-General (SRSG) for Disaster Risk Reduction Margareta Wahlström. Ambassador in charge of Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction Suganuma Kenichi also attends
10:57 Courtesy call ends
11:02 Speak with Headquarters for Accelerating Reconstruction after Great East Japan Earthquake’s LDP Chairman Oshima Tadamori and New Komeito Chairman Inoue Takahiro, Governor of Miyagi Prefecture Murai Yoshihiro, and Mayor of Sendai City Okuyama Emiko
11:13 Finish speaking with Mr. Oshima, Mr. Inoue, Mr. Murai, and Ms. Okuyama
11:46 Speak with Plum Mission from Daizaifu Tenmangu Shrine including Chief Priest Nishitakatsuji Nobuyoshi, and Shrine Maidens Usuma Tomoka and Wakiyama Kanako
11:53 Finish speaking with Mr. Nishitakatsuji, Ms. Usuma, and Ms. Wakiyama

PM
12:08 Ruling Party Liaison Conference
12:21 Conference ends
12:22 Speak with LDP Executive Acting Secretary-General Hosoda Hiroyuki, Chairman of LDP Election Strategy Committee Motegi Toshimitsu, and Secretary-General for LDP in Upper House Date Chuichi
12:25 Finish speaking with Mr. Hosoda, Mr. Motegi, and Mr. Date
12:27 Meet with Director of Cabinet Intelligence Kitamura Shigeru
12:46 End meeting with Mr. Kitamura
01:24 Meet with incoming Commissioner-General of National Police Agency Kanetaka Masahito and outgoing Commissioner-General Yoneda Tsuyoshi
01:40 End meeting with Mr. Kanetaka and Mr. Yoneda
01:56 Minister of State for Economic and Fiscal Policy Amari Akira, Cabinet Office’s Vice-Minister Matsuyama Kenji, and Director-Generals for Policies on Cohesive Society Habuka Shigeki and Tawa Hiroshi enter
02:23 Mr. Matsuyama, Mr. Habuka, and Mr. Tawa leave
02:29 Mr. Amari leaves
02:30 Meet with Ministry of Finance (MOF)’s Vice-Minister Kagawa Shunsuke, Director-General of Budget Bureau Tanaka Kazuho, and Director-General of Tax Bureau Sato Shinichi
03:07 End meeting with Mr. Kagawa, Mr. Tanaka, and Mr. Sato
03:08 Speak with Chairman of LDP Research Commission on Regional Diplomatic and Economic Partnership Eto Seishiro
03:13 Finish speaking with Mr. Eto
04:53 Depart from office
04:54 Arrive at Diet
04:55 Enter LDP Secretary-General’s Conference Room
04:56 Endorse candidate for Tottori gubernatorial election
04:57 Finish endorsing candidate
04:58 Leave room
04:59 Enter LDP President’s Office
05:00 LDP Officers Meeting
05:14 Meeting ends
05:17 Depart from Diet
05:19 Arrive at office
06:01 Summit Conference with Acting Prime Minister of Thailand military government Prayut Chan-o-cha commences
06:50 Summit Conference closes
06:55 Witness Signing Ceremony, Joint Press Release
07:11 Press Release ends
07:12 Depart from office
07:13 Arrive at official residence. Dinner meeting hosted by Prime Minister Abe Shinzo and his wife. Minister of Health, Labour and Welfare Shiozaki Yasuhisa also attends
08:27 See off Prime Minister Prayut and his wife together with wife Akie
08:28 Finish seeing off Prime Minister Prayut and his wife

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

AM

12:00 At official residence (no visitors)
08:00 At official residence (no morning visitors)
08:19 Depart from official residence
08:20 Arrive at office
08:22 Nine Ministers’ Group of National Security Council (NSC) meeting
08:30 Meeting ends
08:38 Headquarters for Japan’s Economic Revitalization meeting
08:49 Meeting ends
08:52 Cabinet Meeting begins
09:34 Cabinet Meeting ends
10:12 Speak with Special Advisor to the Prime Minister Kimura Taro
10:18 Finish speaking with Mr. Kimura
10:20 Meet with Director of NSC Yachi Shotaro, Director of Cabinet Intelligence Kitamura Shigeru, Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA)’s Director-General of Foreign Policy Bureau Hiramatsu Kenji, Ministry of Defense (MOD)’s Director-General of Bureau of Defense Policy Kuroe Tetsuro and Chief of Staff for Joint Staff Council Kawano Katsutoshi
10:45 End meeting with Mr. Yachi, Mr. Kitamura, Mr. Hiramatsu, Mr. Kuroe, and Mr. Kawano
11:35 Receive courtesy call from President of International Committee of Red Cross Peter Maurer
11:53 Courtesy call ends

PM
12:04 Depart from office
12:05 Arrive at official residence. Lunch meeting with 1st-time elected LDP Lower House members. Chief Cabinet Secretary Suga Yoshihide and Mr. Kimura also attend
12:54 Depart from official residence
12:55 Arrive at office
12:57 Meet with Chairman of LDP General Council Nikai Toshihiro
01:20 End meeting with Mr. Nikai
01:46 Informal talk with editorialists and others from all newspapers and news companies
02:14 Finish talk
02:15 Informal talk with commentary committee members of all broadcasting companies in Tokyo and others
02:38 Finish talk
02:39 Informal talk with all top reporters of Cabinet Kisha Club
03:00 Finish talk
03:05 Speak with South Korea’s Governor of Gyeonggi Province Nam Kyung-pil
03:15 Finish speaking with Governor Nam
03:37 Central Advancement Committee of “Movement to Make Society Brighter” meeting
03:50 Committee meeting ends
03:59 Mr. Yachi, Mr. Kitamura, and MOD’s Director of Defense Intelligence Headquarters Miyagawa Tadashi enter
04:09 Mr. Yachi and Mr. Miyagawa leave
04:22 Mr. Kitamura leaves
04:24 Meet with Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs Saiki Akitaka
04:50 End meeting with Mr. Saiki
05:03 Cyber Security Strategic Headquarters meeting
05:06 Meeting ends
05:23 Depart from office
05:29 Arrive at Hotel New Otani. Attend Gathering of Economic Community and LDP Officials, deliver address
06:06 Depart from hotel
06:12 Arrive at office
06:32 Summit Conference with Prime Minister of Mongolia Chimed Saikhanbileg
07:02 Signing Ceremony and Joint Press Release
07:16 Ceremony and Press Release end
07:17 Depart from office
07:18 Arrive at official residence. Dinner meeting hosted by Prime Minister Abe Shinzo
08:30 See off Prime Minister Saikhanbileg
08:31 Depart from official residence
08:35 Arrive at Japanese restaurant Sato in Akasaka, Tokyo. Dinner meeting with former Prime Ministers Mori Yoshiro, Koizumi Junichiro, Fukuda Yasuo, and others
09:15 Depart from restaurant
09:32 Arrive at private residence in Tomigaya, Tokyo

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

AM
12:00 At private residence (no visitors)
10:00 At private residence in Tomigaya, Tokyo (no morning visitors)
Stay at private residence throughout morning (no visitors)

PM
Stay at private residence throughout afternoon and evening (no visitors)

Thursday, February 12, 2015

AM

12:00 At private residence (no visitors)
08:00 At private residence in Tomigaya, Tokyo (no morning visitors)
08:53 Depart from private residence
09:08 Arrive at office
09:14 Extraordinary Session Cabinet Meeting
09:22 Cabinet Meeting ends
09:24 Meet with Minister of State for Economic and Fiscal Policy Amari Akira, Cabinet Office’s Vice-Minister Matsuyama Kenji, and Directors for Policies on Cohesive Society Maekawa Mamori, Habuka Shigeki, and Tawa Hiroshi
09:50 End meeting with Mr. Amari, Mr. Matsuyama, Mr. Maekawa, Mr. Habuka, and Mr. Tawa
09:51 Meet with Director of NSC Yachi Shotaro
10:04 End meeting with Mr. Yachi

PM

12:51 Depart from office
12:53 Arrive at Diet
12:54 Enter Lower House Speaker’s Drawing Room
01:00 Leave room, enter Lower House Chamber
01:02 Lower House Plenary Session opens. Give policy speech
02:33 Lower House Plenary Session adjourns
02:34 Leave Lower House Chamber
02:36 Enter State Ministers’ Room
02:54 Leave room
02:55 Enter Upper House President’s Reception Room
02:57 Leave room, enter Upper House Chamber
02:58 Speak with Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance Aso Taro
02:59 Finish speaking with Mr. Aso
03:01 Upper House Plenary Session opens. Give policy speech
04:23 Upper House Plenary Session adjourns
04:24 Leave Upper House Chamber
04:26 Depart from Diet
04:28 Arrive at office
05:04 Speak with Commissioner of Agency for Natural Resources and Energy Ueda Takayuki and MOFA’s Director-General of Middle Eastern and African Affairs Bureau Uemura Tsukasa
05:14 Finish speaking with Mr. Ueda and Mr. Uemura
05:15 Council on Economic and Fiscal Policy meeting
06:03 Council meeting ends
06:05 Depart from office
06:13 Arrive at Dai-ichi Hotel Tokyo in Shinbashi, Tokyo. Attend meeting of Prime Minister supporters’ group formed by psychiatrists Shinsei-kai [晋精会] in banquet hall Lumière within hotel, panel discussion. Special Advisor to President of LDP Hagiuda Koichi also attends
06:47 Depart from hotel
06:54 Arrive at official residence. Meet with Chairman of General Assembly of LDP Members in Upper House Mizote Kensei, Secretary-General for LDP in Upper House Date Chuichi, and colleagues. Deputy Chief Cabinet Secretary Seko Hiroshige also attends
08:32 Everyone leaves

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Monday in Washington, June 22, 2015

POLITICAL POLARIZATION: FINDING SOLUTIONS. 6/22, 10:00-11:30am. Sponsor: Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC). Speakers: Nate Persily, Editor, Solutions to Political Polarization in America, Professor, Stanford Law School; Matthew Green, Associate Professor, Politics, Catholic University, President-elect, NCAPSA; John Fortier, Director, BPC’s Democracy Project.

SHARED WATER RESOURCES IN A WARMING WORLD: CONFLICT AND COOPERATION. 6/22, 10:00-11:30am. Sponsors: Wilson Center, Stimson. Speakers: Anders Jägerskog, Counselor for Middle East and North Africa Regional Water Issues, Embassy of Sweden, Amman, Jordan; Aaron Salzberg (TBC), Special Coordinator for Water Resources, US Department of State; Eileen Burke, Senior Water Resources Specialist, Nile Program, World Bank; David Michel, Director of the Environmental Security Program, Stimson Center.

IOSCO CHAIRMAN: GLOBAL REGULATORS WERE WRONG. 6/22, 10:00am. Sponsor: National Press Club (NPC) Newsmaker Program. Speaker: Greg Medcraft, Chairman, International Organization of Securities Commissions.

A NEW FOREIGN POLICY FOR AMERICA. 6/22, Noon-1:00pm. Sponsor: Wilson Center (WWC). Speakers: Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn; Aaron David Miller, Vice President of New Initiatives, WWC.

AT A CROSSROADS: THE FUTURE OF AMERICA’S MILITARY INSTALLATIONS AND COMMUNITIES. 6/22, Noon – 6/24. Sponsor: Association of Defense Communities. Speakers: Sen. Jerry Moran (KS): Sen. Dan Sullivan (AK); Congressman Adam Smith (WA); Congressman Joe Courtney (CT).

A NEW CLIMATE FOR PEACE: TAKING ACTION ON CLIMATE AND FRAGILITY RISKS. 6/22, 3:00-5:00pm, Washington, DC. Sponsor: Wilson Center's (WWC) Environmental Change and Security Program. Speakers: Alexander Carius, Co-founder and Managing Director, Adelphi; Geoffrey Dabelko, Senior Advisor, Environmental Change and Security Program, Professor and Director, Environmental Studies, Ohio University; Roger-Mark De Souza, Director, Population, Environmental Security and Resilience, WWC; Richard Engel, U.S. Air Force (retired), Director, National Intelligence Council's Environment and Natural Resources Program; Alice Hill, White House Senior Advisor, Preparedness and Resilience; Christian Holmes, Deputy Assistant Administrator, U.S. Agency, International Development's Bureau, Economic Growth, Education and Environment; David McKean, Director, Policy Planning, State Department; Andrew Selee, Executive Vice President and Senior Advisor, Mexico Institute; Navy Rear Adm. Jonathan White, Oceanographer and Navigator, Navy, Director, Task Force Climate Change.

INDIA'S NUCLEAR COMMAND AND CONTROL AND ITS IMPLICATIONS FOR STRATEGIC STABILITY IN SOUTH ASIA. 6/22, 3:30-5:00pm. Sponsor: Atlantic Council. Speaker: Brigadier Arun Sahgal, Director, Forum for Strategic Initiative.

ALLEVIATING POVERTY BY FREEING THE WORLD OF ECONOMIC DISTORTIONS. 6/22, 4:30-6:00pm. Sponsor: Institute of World Politics (IWP). Speaker: Shanker A. Singham, Managing Director, Competitiveness and Enterprise Cities Project at Babson Global.

A NEW TRANSATLANTIC TRADE DEAL: GOOD FOR AMERICA? 6/22, 5:30-7:00pm. Sponsor: McCain Institute. Speakers: Ted Bromund, Senior Research Fellow, Heritage; Jon Decker, White House Correspondent, Fox News; Shaun Donnelly, Vice President, Investment and Financial Services, USCIB; Jim Kolbe, Senior Transatlantic Fellow, German Marshall Fund; Thea Lee, Deputy Chief of Staff, AFL-CIO.

BETWEEN RECOVERY AND DECLINE? OBSERVATIONS OF AN ECONOMIC HISTORIAN ON THE OBAMA YEARS AND BEYOND. 6/22, 6:30-8:30pm. Sponsor: German Historical Institute (GHI). Speaker: Hartmut Berghoff, GHI Washington.

Prime Minister of Japan’s Schedule February 2-8, 2015

Monday, February 2, 2015

AM

12:00 At official residence (no visitors)
07:50 Depart from official residence
07:51 Arrive at office
08:04 Ruling Party Liaison Conference
08:13 Conference ends
08:14 Meet with Deputy Chief Cabinet Secretary Seko Hiroshige
08:44 End meeting with Mr. Seko
08:53 Depart from office
08:55 Arrive at Diet
08:57 Enter Upper House Committee Room No. 1
09:02 Upper House Budget Committee opens
11:54 Upper House Budget Committee recess
11:55 Leave room
11:57 Depart from Diet
11:59 Arrive at office

PM
12:54 Depart from office
12:56 Arrive at Diet
12:58 Enter Upper House Committee Room No. 1
01:00 Upper House Budget Committee reopens
05:01 Upper House Budget Committee adjourns
05:02 Leave room
05:05 Enter LDP Secretary-General’s Conference Room. Endorse Shimane Prefecture gubernatorial candidate. Commemorative photo session
05:07 Leave room
05:08 Enter LDP President’s Office
05:11 LDP Officers Meeting
05:33 Meeting ends
05:34 Speak with LDP Vice-President Komura Masahiko, LDP Secretary-General Tanigaki Sadakazu, Chairman of LDP General Council Nikai Toshihiro, Chairperson of LDP Policy Research Council Inada Tomomi, and colleagues
05:40 Finish speaking with Mr. Komura, Mr. Tanigaki, Mr. Nikai, Ms. Inada, and colleagues
05:42 Leave room
05:44 Depart from Diet
05:45 Arrive at office
06:02 Meet with Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs Saiki Akitaka
06:29 End meeting with Mr. Saiki
06:30 Speak with Cabinet Advisor Furusawa Mitsuhiro
06:34 Finish speaking with Mr. Furusawa
07:07 Depart from office
07:08 Arrive at official residence

Tuesday, February 3, 2015
AM
12:00 At official residence (no visitors)
07:16 Depart from official residence
07:17 Arrive at office
07:18 Meet with Deputy Chief Cabinet Secretary Seko Hiroshige
08:26 End meeting with Mr. Seko
08:28 Cabinet Meeting begins
08:36 Cabinet Meeting ends
08:53 Depart from office
08:55 Arrive at Diet
08:56 Enter Upper House Committee Room No. 1
09:00 Upper House Budget Committee opens
11:52 Upper House Budget Committee recess, leave room
11:54 Depart from Diet
11:56 Arrive at office

PM
12:54 Depart from office
12:55 Arrive at Diet
12:57 Enter Upper House Committee Room No. 1
01:00 Upper House Budget Committee reopens
04:05 Upper House Budget Committee adjourns, leave room
04:08 Depart from Diet
04:10 Arrive at office
04:36 Director of National Security Council (NSC) Yachi Shotaro, Director of Cabinet Intelligence Kitamura Shigeru, and Director of Cabinet Satellite Intelligence Center Shimohira Koji enter
04:46 Mr. Yachi and Mr. Shimohira leave
05:03 Mr. Kitamura leaves
05:04 Receive courtesy call from Myanmar’s opposition party leader and others
05:30 Courtesy call ends
05:32 Depart from office
05:41 Arrive at Federation of Economic Organizations [Keidanren] Assembly Hall in Otemachi, Tokyo. Attend 100th Anniversary Party for Establishment of Iron and Steel Institute of Japan, deliver address 
05:51 Depart from Keidanren Assembly Hall
06:01 Arrive at office
06:15 Phone Conference with President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdoğan
06:30 Phone Conference ends
06:48 Depart from office
06:49 Arrive at Diet
06:51 Enter Upper House President’s Reception Room
06:52 Leave room, enter Upper House Chamber
06:56 Upper House Plenary Session opens
07:41 Leave seat during proceedings, enter Upper House President’s Reception Room
07:45 Leave room
07:46 Make rounds to President of Upper House Yamazaki Masaki, Vice-President of Upper House Koshiichi Azuma, Chairman of Upper House Committee on Rules and Administration Nakagawa Masaharu, and majority and minority political parties
07:56 Finish making rounds
07:58 Depart from Diet
08:06 Arrive at Tokyo Prince Hotel in Shiba Park, Tokyo. Attend New Year’s Party of LDP policy group Kisaragi-kai [きさらぎ会] in banquet hall Sun Flower Hall, deliver address
08:28 Depart from hotel
08:48 Arrive at private residence in Tomigaya, Tokyo