The Peterson Institute for International Economics, the Sasakawa Peace Foundation USA, and the Sasakawa Peace Foundation Japan have launched a new multiyear project, the High-Level Working Group on Japan-US Common Economic Challenges. A public seminar was held at the Peterson Institute on June 3, 2014, on current policy regarding the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), fiscal sustainability, and slow growth.
Members of the working group include distinguished economists and former government officials from both countries. The initiative provides a forum for frank and substantive exchange on key issues with the hope and expectation of generating significant policy advice and new applied research ideas, as well as an important channel for communication between the two countries. The group will meet twice yearly with a second session planned for Tokyo at the end of 2014.
Jiro Hanyu, Sasakawa Peace Foundation
Kiyoto Ido, Institute for International Economic Studies
Takatoshi Ito, National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies and Columbia
Motoshige Itoh, University of Tokyo
Masahiro Kawai, University of Tokyo, Graduate School of Public Policy
Hideichi Okada, NTT Data Institute of Management and Consulting Unable to attend: Koji Tanami, Bank of Tokyo Mitsubishi; Hiroshi Yoshikawa, University of Tokyo
Richard Clarida, Columbia University
Peter Fisher, Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College
Kristin Forbes, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Robert Lawrence, Harvard University
Marcus Noland, Peterson Institute for International Economics
Peter Orszag, Citibank
Adam Posen, Peterson Institute for International Economics (co-chair)
David Weinstein, Columbia University Unable to attend: Charles Collyns, Institute for International Finance; Glenn Hubbard, Columbia University; Anil Kashyap, University of Chicago