Strong societal divisions can be seen around the world today. US President Donald Trump’s “America First” policy threatens America’s traditional alliances and has not helped reduce domestic tensions. Meanwhile, China’s state capitalism challenges the 70 years of postwar balance in East Asia, as other nations are increasingly forced to ally with China or the US…or forge a new path. In the midst of all this, Japan has remained stable and relatively connected in this fractured world. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s close relationship with President Trump has helped balance support for the US while maintaining its own interests. Is Japan’s strategy a role model for others? In what spaces might Japan be able to exercise further global leadership and create more connections?

Kicking off a day of insightful discussion from over 150 global thought leaders, the opening plenary session of the 8th G1 Global Conference set the theme for a day with a superb lineup of speakers.

October 14, 2018 G1 Global Conference

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