Japan-U.S. Discussion Forum
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About the Japan Forum
NBR’s Japan-U.S. Discussion Forum (the "Japan Forum") is an online community for discussion, analysis, and information on issues concerning contemporary U.S.-Japan relations, Japanese politics, economics, security, and social issues.
Launched in 2000, this community—with over 800 members representing 25 countries—has become an essential vehicle for discussion on issues relating to Japan and Japan-U.S. relations among academics, business people, policymakers, and others. On average, members post 60 messages a week to the Forum; members have contributed over 28,000 posts since 2000.
Dr. Edward G. Griffin, former State Department officer and professorial lecturer at George Washington University, has served as the moderator since the Forum’s launch. Dr. Griffon reviews each message before posting as well as encourages new topics and helps guide discussions.
Along with providing a platform for discussions on Japanese affairs, NBR’s Japan Forum also provides special features for Forum members and visitors, including:
Links to topical news and blogs – Every week, the Forum posts links to the top news stories on Japanese politics, economy, health, and cultural issues.
Interviews with Forum members - The Japan Forum conducts interviews with scholars on the Forum about current topics in Japanese affairs. Recent interviews include:
Japanese Publication Reviews
With funding support provided by the United States-Japan Foundation, Ms. Fumiko Halloran—winner of the Oya Soichi Award for Best Non-Fiction and longtime Forum member—regularly submits to the Forum English-language book reviews of Japanese publications. Since the project began in 2007, Ms. Halloran has posted over forty analytical reviews that have covered a range of topics—from former Health, Welfare and Labor Minister Yoichi Masuzoe’s recommendations to ease tensions between Japanese policymakers and bureaucrats to the rise of Japanese PhD holders who are struggling to find employment.
August 2011 Review
House of Yamanaka, Art Dealer Who Sold Oriental Treasures to Americans and Europeans by Yuriko Kuchiki (Shinchosha, 2011)
This August 2011 book review examines the rise and fall of the Japanese art dealer Yamanaka & Co. from late-19th century to the early-21st century, and its role in helping make popular Japanese art among Western artists and art collectors.
Read the full August 2011 review | Visit the book review archive
Join the Forum
The Forum is a free public moderated email forum. In order to join, all members are asked to read and agree to the Forum's Terms and Conditions.
Join the Forum | Visit the Japan Forum’s online message archive
Japan Forum Supporters
The Forum is supported by funding from the Japan-U.S. Friendship Commission, the U.S.-Japan Foundation, and by contributions from Forum members.
Supporting the Japan Forum
NBR's Japan-U.S. Discussion Forum is holding its 2011 fundraising campaign right now. If you appreciate the service provided by the Japan Forum, please consider making a contribution, and help us reach our 2011 fundraising goal of $7,000.
To make a contribution or to print out a donation form to mail or fax, please visit the Japan Forum’s fund drive site.
Donate online or by mail or fax.
Japan Forum 2011 Supporters
NBR wishes to recognize and offer our sincere thanks to these Forum members who have contributed to the Forum's 2011 fund drive campaign. Thank you so much for your support!
Charles R. Aanenson
Eric J. Gangloff
Richard & Fumiko Halloran
Maynard Eric Hess
Anne E. Imamura
William W. Kelly
Todd A. Kreider
William Michael Meserve
Kenneth B. Pyle
James R. Rhodes
Mark T. Staples
Robert J. Tomkin
James D. White
The Japan Forum is moderated by Dr. Edward Griffon and managed by NBR. A group of leading Japan specialists and scholars also serve on the Forum’s Advisory board.
Japan Forum Advisory Board
Professor, Japan Studies Program, Jackson School of International Studies, University of Washington
Richard J. Ellings
President, The National Bureau of Asian Research
Robert Alan Feldman
Managing Director and Co-Director of Japan Research for Morgan Stanley Japan
Michael J. Green
Japan Chair and Senior Adviser, Center for Strategic and International Studies
Associate Professor, Walsh School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University
Anne E. Imamura
Area Studies Division Director, Foreign Service Institute, US Department of State
Edward J. Lincoln
Director, The Center for Japan-U.S. Business and Economic Studies, Stern School of Business, New York University
Professor of Political Science, University of California-Berkeley
Kenneth B. Pyle
Founding President, The National Bureau of Asian Research
Professor of History and East Asian Studies, University of Washington
Professor, International University of Japan
Professor, Institute of Oriental Culture, University of Tokyo
Japan Representative, Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA)