Report from the 2001 Williamsburg Conference, Okinawa, Japan, March 17-19, 2001.
The 29th Williamsburg Conference was held in Okinawa, Japan from March 17 to March 19, 2001. The conference, hosted by the International House of Japan, was convened by Carla A. Hills of the United States, Tommy T. B. Koh of Singapore, and Minoru Murofushi of Japan.
Saturday, March 17
Opening Reception and Dinner
Keynote Speech: Asia/Pacific and Japan in the 21st Century
Takeo Hiranuma, Minister, Economy, Trade & Industry
Sunday, March 18
Session 1: U.S.-Asia Policy and the New President
Carla A. Hills, Chairman, Hills & Company
Desaix Anderson, Executive Director, KEDO
Norman J. Ornstein, Resident Scholar, American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research
Stanley O. Roth, Former Assistant Secretary of State for East Asia and Pacific Affairs
Yoshio Okawara, President, Institute for International Policy Studies
Session 2: Asia's Economic Prospects: Policy, Politics, and
Nicholas Platt, President, Asia Society
Han Seung-soo, Member of Parliament, Committee on Unification, Foreign Affairs and Trade, Former Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, Republic of Korea
Arun Mahizhnan, Deputy Director, Institute of Policy Studies
Hugh M. Morgan, Chief Executive Officer, WMC Limited
Keiji Tachikawa, President & CEO, NTT DoCoMo, Inc.
Catherine L. Mann, Senior Fellow, Institute for International Economics
Monday, March 19
Session 3: Japan
Minoru Murofushi, Chairman, ITOCHU Corporation
Toru Hashimoto, Chairman of the Board of Directors, The Fuji Bank, Limited
Noboru Hatakeyama, Chairman & CEO, JETRO
Akira Kojima, Managing Director, Chief Editorial Page Editor, Nihon Keizai Shimbun, Inc.
Toshiaki Ogasawara, Chairman & Publisher, The Japan Times
Ronald J. Anderson, Senior Vice President & Chairman, AIG Companies in Japan and Korea
Session 4: Political and Security Prospects
Tommy T. B. Koh, Ambassador-at-Large, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Singapore
Dewi Fortuna Anwar, Associate Director for Research, The Habibie Center Tatsuo Arima, Representative of the Japanese Government, Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Paul M. Evans, Director, Canada Asia Studies, Institute of Asian Research, University of British Columbia
Jang Chang Chon, Director-General, Department of American Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, DPRK
Yang Bojiang, Professor and Deputy Director, Northeast Asia Division, China Institute of Contemporary International Relations (CICIR)
Richard A. Woolcott, Former Secretary for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Founding Director, AustralAsia Center of the Asia Society
In March 2001, the Asia Society, in partnership with the International House of Japan, brought together 51 leaders in government, business, academia, and journalism from 17 countries and economies on both sides of the Pacific for the twenty-ninth Williamsburg Conference. Held in Okinawa at the Bankoku Shinryokan, the venue of the 2000 Group of Eight summit, from the 17th to the 19th of March, the conference was the first to be convened in Japan since 1992.
The Williamsburg Conference continued the tradition of transpacific dialogue on key issues in Asia. At the crossroads of Northeast and Southeast Asia and with 2001 being the 50th Anniversary of the U.S.-Japan Alliance, Okinawa provided an excellent venue to convene the Williamsburg Conference. As this report reveals, the building of new relationships and the solidifying of old ones is crucial to stability in the region. Relationship building requires strong leadership to look for new and improved ways to work with others. Such leadership is further needed to find fresh ways to grow economies, while addressing the social needs and diversity of countries in the region. The critical importance of the United States and Japan to the economic and security situation in East Asia was the subject of considerable discussion.
Williamsburg Conference coconvenors Carla Hills of the United States, Tommy Koh of Singapore, and Minoru Murofushi of Japan enlisted a superb group of conference participants and set forth a sharply focused and thorough agenda. In addition, their efforts resulted in the first North Korean delegation at a Williamsburg Conference. All of our coconvenors chaired their sessions with great skill and impartiality. As our local host, Minoru Murofushi went above and beyond the call of duty to ensure that all of the arrangements for the conference were carried out graciously and masterfully. The Asia Society owes him a deep debt of gratitude for his vision and leadership of the twenty-ninth Williamsburg Conference.
After the conference, Carla Hills spoke in San Francisco under the auspices of the Commonwealth Club and the Asia Society to take the conference discussion to a broader audience. This report extends further the reach of the Williamsburg discussions.
The International House of Japan, under the able leadership of its executive director Mikio Kato, was an outstanding co-organizer. Special thanks go to the entire staff of International House, ably led by Kimihiro Sonoda, for all of their excellent work, with additional thanks to Yuriko Kato, Mr. Kato's wife, for all of her efforts on behalf of the conference.
From the Asia Society, Marshall M. Bouton, who is stepping down shortly as executive vice president of the Asia Society to become president of the Chicago Council on Foreign Relations, deserves accolades for again masterminding the substance of the meeting. Marshall has provided leadership to the Williamsburg Conference for many years. He has strengthened and diversified both the Conference agenda and the pool of participants. Rob Radtke oversaw the coordination and organization of the meeting. Hee Chung Kim managed all the details with unwavering grace and skill. Mike Kulma also provided invaluable assistance to the conference secretariat before donning his cap as conference rapporteur. Karen Fein and Hee Chung Kim deserve credit for their hard work in bringing this report to print, as does Chae Ho Lee for his work in its layout.
The coconvenors and I are most grateful to the conference funders, whose names are listed in the back of this report. Without their support, this year's Williamsburg Conference would not have been possible.
President, Asia Society