February 17, 2022

On Thursday, February 17, 2022, the Japan-America Society of Central Ohio - in partnership with The Ohio State University Institute for Japanese Studies, presented a special webinar as part of the Geostrategy in the Grassroots event series sponsored by the National Association of Japan-America Societies (NAJAS) and The Sasakawa Peace Foundation We were honored to host two experts on the subject who provided their insights into Common Strategic Challenges for the United States and Japan

Amb. David Shear
Adjunct Professor at Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS)


Amb. Shear performed the duties of Principle Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Policy from June 2016 to January 2017. He was the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Asian and Pacific Security Affairs from September, 2014 to June 2016. Prior to 2014, Shear served for 32 years in the American Foreign Service, most recently as the United States Ambassador to Vietnam. He has also served in Sapporo, Beijing, Tokyo, and Kuala Lumpur. In Washington, he has served in the Offices of Japanese, Chinese, and Korean Affairs and as the Special Assistant to the Under Secretary for Political Affairs. He was Director of the Office of Chinese and Mongolian Affairs in 2008-2009 and served as Deputy Assistant Secretary in the Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs in 2009-2011. Ambassador Shear was a Rusk Fellow at Georgetown University’s Institute for the Study of Diplomacy 1998-99. He is a graduate of Earlham College and SAIS and has attended Waseda University, Taiwan National University, and Nanjing University. Ambassador Shear is the recipient of the State Department’s Superior Honor Award and the Defense Department’s Civilian Meritorious Service Award. He has a first degree rank in kendo, the Japanese art of swordsmanship.

Amb. Masafumi Ishii
Instructor, Gakushuin University

Masafumi ISHII was the Ambassador of Japan to Indonesia till December 2020 and   retired from Japanese Foreign Service in January 2021, having served there for more than 40 years.

He graduated from Tokyo University and joined MOFA in 1980. His posts in Tokyo include Director for Policy Planning, Special Assistant to Foreign Minster, Director General for Global Issues and Legal Advisor.
His overseas experience covers Washington DC, where he served twice, London, Belgium and NATO as the Ambassador. His last post was in Jakarta that lasted for almost 4 years.

He has frequently participated in international seminars and symposium and is well known for his policy planning insight as well as his long-term experience in working with partners in ASEAN countries.

He is presently teaching International Law at Gakushuin University as well as providing advice to some of Japanese private companies.

Following Amb. Shear and Amb. Ishii'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.