October 27, 2015 - In This Issue:
In support of the World Economic Forum's 2015 Cyber conference in Okinawa, Sasakawa USA has organized three panel discussions on cyber security covering such issues as preparing for the digital Olympics, developing legal and regulatory structure for security intrusions and overall implications for national security.

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Chairman's Message
In this edition, Admiral Dennis Blair discusses challenges that both the United States and Japan face ineducating their children to be competitive within the high technology economy of the future, detailing what opportunities still remain as each country works to improve negative trends within their public education systems.  

Japan's Proactive Contributions to Peace  
Part 1: Gauging Japan's 'Proactive Contributions to Peace'
Since Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe returned to office in 2012, he has been advocating that Japan become a "proactive contributor to peace." Are Japan's international contributions today, however, qualitatively different than they were during prior administrations? Sasakawa USA Fellow Jeffrey Hornung explores these issues. 
Part 2: Boosting Japan's Proactive Contributions to Peace 
How can Abe seize more opportunities to be more proactive? Sasakawa USA Fellow Jeffrey Hornung recommends several methods, all of which are ways in which Japan can cooperate with the United States, thereby fulfilling a dual purpose of strengthening alliance relations. 
Japan's Next Steps on the Road to
the Trans-Pacific Partnership 

The October 5 announcement that the 12 countries negotiating the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) had reached an agreement was an important milestone in the bid to create a mega trade deal among some of the Pacific Rim's largest economies. Now the agreement hammered out by negotiators faces intense scrutiny by political leaders and legislatures. Sasakawa USA Fellow Tobias Harris details the issues. 

Nippon.com Article: The Birth and Evolution
of the Internet in Japan
The Internet originated as an experimental computer network in academia. Its initial purpose was to enable universities and research institutions to communicate and exchange documents and research data on a non-profit basis. With the launch of Windows 95, what began as a grassroots researcher network gained rapid and widespread acceptance. In this article, author Jun Murai discuss the development of the Internet in Japan and the social setting for its evolution.

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