The U.S.-Japan Security Alliance and Economic Relations at Work in Tennessee Symposium

Consul-General giving a speech
Consul-General at the Howard Baker Center
Group photo
On March 1, Consul-General Matsumoto attended the U.S.-Japan Security Alliance and Economic Relations at Work in Tennessee symposium held at the University of Tennessee's Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy. Consul-General Matsumoto delivered opening remarks at the symposium along with Dr. Marianne H. Wanamaker, Executive Director of the Baker Center, and others.

The symposium, co-hosted by the Baker Center and the Sasakawa Peace Foundation USA, consisted of two parts: the first focused on the Japan-U.S. alliance and security in the Asia-Pacific region; and the second on the development and prospects of U.S.-Japan economic relations. A panel discussion was held by experts in each field, followed by a question-and-answer session from the participants.

Panel discussions were followed by a lecture from former Japanese Ambassador to Indonesia Hon. Masafumi Ishii on Japan's Integrated Security. Under the security environment surrounding Japan, which is becoming increasingly severe and uncertain at a remarkably rapid pace, it is indispensable to strengthen the Japan-U.S. Security Arrangements and to enhance the deterrence capabilities of the Japan-U.S. Alliance not only for the peace and security of Japan, but also for the peace and stability of the Asia-Pacific region.

The Consulate-General of Japan in Nashville will continue to actively support opportunities that emphasize the importance of the Japan-U.S. alliance.