Launched in 2010, the Japan Matters for America/America Matters for Japan project is a comprehensive and multi-activity effort to demonstrate and track Japan's importance to the United States, and the United States’ importance to Japan.

This project consists of a printed publication, one-page summaries of every US state and congressional district, outreach events across the US and Japan, and online articles, data visualizations, and information about the US-Japan relationship.

Emphasis is placed on generating and disseminating user-friendly analysis and visual graphics – on both quantitative and qualitative data – making it useful to political leaders, policymakers, business people, analysts, media, and students.

East-West Center

The East-West Center promotes better relations and understanding among the people and nations of the United States, Asia, and the Pacific through cooperative study, research, and dialogue. Established by the US Congress in 1960, the Center serves as a resource for information and analysis on critical issues of common concern, bringing people together to exchange views, build expertise, and develop policy options. The Center’s Washington, DC office focuses on preparing the United States for an era of growing Asia Pacific prominence.

The Center is an independent, public, nonprofit organization with funding from the US government, and additional support provided by private agencies, individuals, foundations, corporations, and governments in the region.

The views expressed in articles by external contributors are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the policy or position of the East-West Center or any organization with which the author is affiliated.

Our Partners

Sasakawa Peace Foundation

The Sasakawa Peace Foundation (SPF) addresses the diverse and complicated issues that human society is encountering in the 21st century. In order to respond to increasing natural disasters and social crises, SPF implements and supports a variety of necessary programs and projects. As a private Japanese foundation, SPF strives to strengthen cooperation at all levels between our country and countries abroad. SPF makes use of its freedom as a private foundation to effectively promote activities, proposals, and exchanges in the search for a new governance model for human society.

Project Staff

Director: Satu Limaye, PhD

Coordinators: Caitlin Brophy, Peter Valente, Sarah Wang

Publication Additional Research and Support: Colby Ferland, Kyle Bezold, Grace Ruch Clegg, Rivvy Eisenberg, Jake Howry, Emily Jones, Kimlay Leav, Yegene Joyce Lee, Yeseul Oh, Luke Pluta-Ehlers, Savannah Shih, Karunia “Karin” Silitonga, Elizabeth Smith, Peter Valente, Sarah Wang, Michael Weaver

Sasakawa Peace Foundation publication staff: Junko Chano, Aya Murata, Madoka Kono

Notes on Methodology