Two DIJ events on US-Japan relations (13 Feb) and on money, parenting, happiness (17 Feb)

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1. You are cordially invited to a roundtable on

Thursday, 13 February 2020, 16:00 – 18:00 h

US-Japan Relations under Donald Trump and Shinzo Abe

Keynote by Glen S. Fukushima

Comments by Koichi Nakano and Tilmann Schmit-Neuerburg

US-Japan relations form a core element in Asian regional security and a central pillar of the international trade regime. The quality of the relationship has always been shaped by the personalities representing the two countries. Shinzo Abe, Japan’s now longest-serving prime minister, has been keen to establish good personal ties with Donald Trump, whose “America First” policy implied a major shift in the US approach to regional and global issues. This roundtable will discuss the changes that US-Japan relations underwent since the beginning of Trump’s presidency and analyze the regional and global implications.    

Our keynote speaker, Glen S. Fukushima, is one of the most knowledgeable experts on US-Japan relations. Having served as Director for Japanese Affairs (1985-1988) and Deputy Assistant United States Trade Representative for Japan and China (1988-1990) at the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR), he held various senior business executive positions in Asia with multinational corporations (1990-2012) and was also elected for two terms as President of the American Chamber of Commerce in Japan. Today, Mr. Fukushima is Senior Fellow at the Center of American Progress, a public policy think tank in Washington, D.C., where he focuses on US-East Asia relations. He holds degrees from Stanford University and Harvard University.

Koichi Nakano is Professor of Political Science and Dean of the Faculty of Liberal Arts, Sophia University. He has graduated from the University of Tokyo and the University of Oxford, and obtained his Ph.D. from Princeton University. A frequent media commentator, he has contributed an op-ed on the authoritarian turn under Prime Minister Abe entitled “The Leader Who Was ’Trump Before Trump’” to the New York Times in May 2019.

Tilman Schmit-Neuerburg, Ph.D., heads the Political Affairs section as Minister Counsel-lor at the German Embassy to Japan. He is a career diplomat with stations in Poland, Belarus and Italy. At the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Berlin he held various positions and served as Deputy Head of the Southern and Southeastern Europe Department before being stationed to Tokyo. He will represent and comment on the German perspective of the changing security tectonics in the region and the implications of the fluid relations under Trump for Europe.


Admission is free as always; please register online at

Deutsches Institut für Japanstudien – German Institute for Japanese Studies
Jochi Kioizaka Bld. 2F, 7-1 Kioicho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 102-0094
Tel: 03 - 3222 5077


2. You are cordially invited to the next DIJ Forum on

Monday 17 February 2020, 18:30 – 20:00h

Money, parenting and happiness: A comparative and historical perspective

Hiroshi Ono, Hitotsubashi University Business School
Matthias Doepke, Northwestern University

Money and parenting are two key factors that can bring considerable joy or misery to our daily lives. Empirical studies have shown that while money is generally associated with greater happiness, having small kids can actually be a source of unhappiness, especially for women. In this session, two experts – a sociologist and an economist – explore the intricate relationship between money, parenting and happiness, from a comparative and historical perspective.

Professor Ono will present international evidence of marriage, parenting and happiness. Generally, marriage has a positive effect, and parenting has a negative effect on happiness, but there are some exceptions. For example in Scandinavia, the negative effect of parenting disappears, owing largely to the extensive social insurance and institutionalized family support. Another consistent pattern found around the world is that the negative effect of parenting is stronger among women than for men. Professor Ono will also discuss some features of marriage, parenting and happiness that are unique to Japan.

Professor Doepke will apply the tools of economic analysis to explain the relationship between love, money and parenting, and how we raise our kids. Loving parents want their kids to be happy and do well, but how to accomplish this is shaped by the economic environment. In countries with high economic inequality such as the United States, parents push hard to ensure their children have a path to security and success. In less unequal nations such as Sweden, the stakes in parenting are less high, and parents can relax and grant more independence to their children. Professor Doepke will also show how the trend towards intensive parenting in many countries puts social mobility and equality of opportunity at risk, and discuss policy options for counteracting this trend.

Hiroshi Ono is Professor of Human Resources Management at Hitotsubashi University Business School.  He is the author of Redistributing Happiness: How Social Policies Shape Life Satisfaction (with Kristen Schultz Lee).

Matthias Doepke is the HSBC Research Professor of Economics at Northwestern University.  He is the author of Love, Money and Parenting: How Economics Explains the Way We Raise Our Kids (with Fabrizio Zilibotti).


Admission is free as always; please register online at

Deutsches Institut für Japanstudien – German Institute for Japanese Studies
Jochi Kioizaka Bld. 2F, 7-1 Kioicho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 102-0094
Tel: 03 - 3222 5077