Meridian Diplomacy Forum on Japan – June 6, 2018

Date: June 6, 2018
Location: Meridian House, Washington, D.C.

The foundation of the modern U.S.-Japan relationship that began in the late 20th century has been built on the open exchange of ideas, culture, and technology that have led to significant economic gains and opportunities. Many of the hallmarks of American culture today – from entertainment and sports to technology and infrastructure – are results of that bilateral exchange and influenced by Japanese trends, yet each country retains dis­tinctly unique cultural identities and political structures.

As policymakers continue to grapple with the impacts that technological innovation will have on the future of transportation, infrastructure and other areas, now is the time to examine the cultural norms that impact the way we respond to those challenges and in what ways Japan and the United States, two countries that are at the forefront of innovation, are both similar and unique.

On June 6, 2018, Meridian Diplomacy Forum on Japan will convene govern­ment, business and cultural leaders to engage in constructive dialogue on these complex topics and to celebrate the profound impact that Japanese language, culture, religion, music, architecture, and cuisine has had on the United States and the world.

Meridian International Center is recognized around the world as a center for global leadership, bringing the right thinkers and decision makers together in a neutral forum to discuss and address critical global issues. 2018 will mark the third year of the Meridian Diplomacy Forum.