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November 17, 2020

On Thursday, November 17, the Japan-America Society of Central Ohio - in partnership with the National Association of Japan-America Societies (NAJAS) and The Sasakawa Peace Foundation - hosted a special Zoom webinar exploring current geostrategic issues in East Asia. We were honored to host two experts on the subject who provided their insights into the impact of recent political changes on the US-Japan relationship as well as broader geostrategy issues in Asia:

Ms. Aiko Doden


Special Affairs Commentator, Senior Director, NHK World TV

Aiko Doden is Special Affairs Commentator on international affairs and Senior Director at NHK World TV. Concurrently she presents “Newsline InDepth”, a feature segment on NHK World News. She has expertise in reporting on a wide range of global issues from hard security to human security. Since April, she also presents NHK Educational TV Special Series “Crisis Interviews: Looking Beyond the Pandemic”. Ms Doden comments on developmental affairs with a focus on sustainable growth, global health, gender and education. She is a popular face on TV having anchored key news program as “NHK News at 9 PM”, “NHK World Network” and “NHK Asian Voices”. She was a correspondent based in Thailand covering ASEAN countries extensively with close to 50 visits to Myanmar.

Dr. Kent Calder


Director of the Edwin O. Reischauer Center for East Asian Studies, Johns Hopkins University

Kent Calder serves as the Director of the Edwin O. Reischauer Center for East Asian Studies at Johns Hopkins University. He previously served as Vice Dean for Faculty Affairs and International Research Cooperation at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) from 2018 to 2020 and as Director of Asia Programs from 2016 to 2018. Before arriving at Johns Hopkins SAIS in 2003, Calder served as Special Advisor to the U.S. Ambassador to Japan, Japan Chair at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, Professor at Princeton University, Lecturer on Government at Harvard, and as the first Executive Director of Harvard University’s Program on US-Japan Relations. In 2014, he was awarded the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Neck Ribbon.

Following Ms. Doden and Dr. Calder's individual presentations, there was a special panel discussion moderated by Peter Kelley, President of the National Association of Japan-America Societies, as well as a question and answer session with the panelists.


Geostrategy in the Grassroots is a public affairs program focusing on the geostrategic challenges Japan and the US face in a changing Asia presented by The National Association of Japan-America Societies and The Sasakawa Peace Foundation.

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