69a1c731-3a62-40a1-aade-3008e4bd4bf4The 2020 U.S. Presidential Election: Implications for the U.S. and Asia

A Zoom talk by Mr. Glen S. Fukushima, Senior Fellow, Center for American Progress, Washington D.C.




The Harvard Club of Japan, in partnership with the Harvard Business School Club of Japan, is pleased to present a talk by Mr. Glen S. Fukushima, Senior Fellow, Center for American Progress. Mr. Fukushima is also the Former President of the American Chamber of Commerce in Japan, and the Former Deputy Assistant United States Trade Representative for Japan and China.

The outcome of the November 3 U.S. presidential election will likely lead to significantly different scenarios for the future of America’s relationship with Asia, including especially Japan and China.  Mr. Fukushima will provide his insights based on a career in academia, law, government, and business, including five years as a trade negotiator at USTR and 22 years as a business executive in Asia.

Mr. Fukushima will speak for roughly 45 minutes, after which the floor will be opened for about 15 minutes of Q&A.


Date: Sunday, November 8 JST

Time: 11:00 AM – 12:00 Noon JST

Participation fee: Free

Format: Zoom presentation, followed by Q&A

Language: English

Registration: Please register via the following Zoom Registration Link


For enquiries, please contact HCJ Events Co-Director Jonathan Harlow:  jonathan@jonathanharlow.com


Glen S. Fukushima is a Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress, a public policy think tank headquartered in Washington, D.C., where he focuses on U.S.-East Asia relations.  He divides his time between Washington, D.C., San Francisco, and Tokyo.

From 1990 to 2012, Mr. Fukushima was a senior business executive based in Asia representing several major multinational corporations:  Vice President, AT&T Japan; President, Arthur D. Little Japan; President & CEO, Cadence Design Systems Japan; President & CEO, NCR Japan; and President & CEO, Airbus Japan.  He was elected to serve for two terms as President of the American Chamber of Commerce in Japan, then the largest American Chamber outside the United States.

Before his business career, he served in Washington, D.C. as Director for Japanese Affairs (1985-1988) and Deputy Assistant United States Trade Representative for Japan and China (1988-1990) at the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR), Executive Office of the President.  In 1993, he declined an offer to be the Assistant Secretary of Commerce for International Economic Policy at the U.S. Department of Commerce.  He began his career as an attorney at the law firm of Paul, Hastings, Janofsky & Walker. 

Mr. Fukushima has served on numerous corporate boards of directors, advisory boards, and government advisory councils in the United States, Europe, and Japan.  He has served on the board of the Japan Association of Corporate Executives, America-Japan Society, Japan Center for International Exchange, National Association of Japan-America Societies, Japan Society of Boston, Japan Society of Northern California, Japan-America Society of Washington, D.C., International House of Japan, Japanese American National Museum, U.S.-Japan Council, International Student Conferences, and Global Council of the Asia Society. 

Mr. Fukushima has been a member of the Council on Foreign Relations since 1993. Until June 2001, he served for eight years in the White House-appointed positions of Vice Chairman of the Japan-United States Friendship Commission and Vice Chairman of the U.S. panel of CULCON (Joint Committee on United States-Japan Cultural and Educational Interchange).  He has served as Chairman of the Mori Art Museum Best Friends, member of the Director’s Circle of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and of the Jade Circle of the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco, and co-founder of the Tokyo Committee of Human Rights Watch. He also serves on the board of the Washington Bach Consort, PostClassical Ensemble, and American Friends of the Bach Collegium Japan.  In 2016, he was appointed Commissioner of the Smithsonian Institution’s National Portrait Gallery, and in 2018, he was invited to join the board of the Mori Art Museum.

His publications include Nichi-Bei Keizai Masatsu no Seijigaku [The Politics of U.S.-Japan Economic Friction], winner of the 9th Masayoshi Ohira Memorial Prize in 1993.  He received the Excellence 2000 Award from the U.S. Pan Asian American Chamber of Commerce in 1999, the Alumni Hall of Fame Award from Stanford University in 2002, and the Person of the Year Award from the National Japanese American Historical Society in 2008.  Keio University awarded him the status of Honorary Alumnus in 2012, and LEAP (Leadership Education for Asian Pacifics) conferred on him its Leadership Award in 2014.  He is listed in Who’s Who in America.

A native of California, Mr. Fukushima was educated at Stanford University, Harvard University Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Harvard Business School, and Harvard Law School.  At Harvard, he was awarded a National Science Foundation Fellowship.  He was a Stanford/Keio Exchange Scholar at Keio University and was a Fulbright Fellow and a Japan Foundation Fellow at the Faculty of Law, University of Tokyo.