CON­SER­VA­TIVE MES­SAGE IN JA­PAN

The Washington Times Weekly - - Politics -

While tur­moil con­tin­ues to the U.S. po­lit­i­cal land­scape, the Amer­i­can Con­ser­va­tive Union is tak­ing its mes­sage over­seas. For the sec­ond year in a row, the or­ga­ni­za­tion has or­ga­nized an out­reach in Ja­pan — af­fec­tion­ately called J-CPAC. It’s a strate­gic off­shoot of their in­flu­en­tial CPAC — the Con­ser­va­tive Po­lit­i­cal Ac­tion Con­fer­ence, the group’s jumbo-sized an­nual gath­er­ing of some 13,000 en­thu­si­asts.

J-CPAC, which be­gins this week in Tokyo, fea­tures two days of in­tense dis­cus­sion on the com­plex im­pli­ca­tions of the midterm elec­tions, prob­lems with me­dia ac­cu­racy and bias, U.S. re­la­tions with Asia, the evolv­ing sit­u­a­tion on the Korean penin­sula and the per­sis­tent signs of Chi­nese eco­nomic and mil­i­tary ex­pan­sion­ism.

“Lib­erty and democ­racy in Asia, which were heav­ily dam­aged un­der the Obama ad­min­is­tra­tion, is re­cov­er­ing since the in­au­gu­ra­tion of Pres­i­dent Trump,” the or­ga­niz­ers note.

Among those on the ex­ten­sive speak­ers ros­ter: Mick Mul­vaney, di­rec­tor of the White House Of­fice of Man­age­ment and Bud­get; Amer­i­can Con­ser­va­tive Union chair­man Matt Sch­lapp and his coun­ter­parts Jikido “Jay” Aeba, chair­man of the Ja­panese Con­ser­va­tive Union and Choe Young-Jae, chief rep­re­sen­ta­tive of the Korean Con­ser­va­tive Union — plus Ei­taro Ogawa, chair­man of the Ja­pan Peace Stud­ies In­sti­tute and author and an­a­lyst Gor­don Chang.

“At J-CPAC 2018, we will as­sess the do­mes­tic and in­ter­na­tional im­pact, so far, of Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion poli­cies and what it means for the fu­ture. There’s no one bet­ter than Di­rec­tor Mul­vaney to help us ex­plore the eco­nomic core of the Trump agenda,” says Mr. Sch­lapp.

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