CONSERVATIVE MESSAGE IN JAPAN
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.