“Japan and the U.S. together should lead the Indo-Pacific Century to make it one that cherishes freedom, democracy, human rights, and rules-based order.” — Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on accepting the Herman Kahn Award Ceremony
Since its founding nearly 60 years ago, Hudson Institute has championed a strong Japan and the importance of the U.S.-Japan alliance. Hudson’s founder was among the first to predict the rise of Japan as a major world economy. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was the first non-American recipient of Hudson’s Herman Kahn Award, in recognition of Japan’s crucial role in helping secure a free and prosperous future for democracies around the world.
Today more than ever, growing threats in Northeast Asia and the Indo-Pacific prove the need for an enduring Japan-U.S. alliance.
Hudson launched the Japan Chair in Spring 2019 to address these challenges. The Hudson Institute Japan Chair is a major new initiative led by Lieutenant General H.R. McMaster, the former U.S. National Security Advisor to President Donald Trump. Capitalizing on Hudson’s deep connections in Tokyo and Washington, the initiative will seek to expand economic ties, enhance defense cooperation, and promote closer scientific and technological collaboration between the United States and Japan.
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