James L. Schoff

Former Senior Fellow
Asia Program
James L. Schoff was a senior fellow in the Carnegie Asia Program. His research focuses on U.S.-Japan relations and regional engagement, Japanese technology innovation, and regional trade and security dynamics.
 

Education

MA, International Relations, Johns Hopkins University School for Advanced International Studies
BA, Duke University

Languages

English; Japanese

 

James L. Schoff is no longer with the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.

James L. Schoff is a senior fellow in the Carnegie Asia Program. His research focuses on U.S.-Japan relations and regional engagement, Japanese politics and security, and the private sector’s role in Japanese policymaking. He previously served as senior adviser for East Asia policy at the U.S. Office of the Secretary of Defense and as director of Asia Pacific Studies at the Institute for Foreign Policy Analysis (IFPA).

At the Department of Defense, Schoff was responsible for strategic planning and policy development for relations with Japan and the Republic of Korea. He also spearheaded trilateral initiatives and regional security cooperation issues, including North Korea and missile defense, disaster relief, and maritime security.

From 2003 to 2010, Schoff directed Asia Pacific Studies at IFPA in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where he specialized in East Asian security issues, U.S. alliance relations in the region, and nuclear nonproliferation and extended deterrence. Prior to joining IFPA, he served as program officer in charge of policy studies at the United States-Japan Foundation in New York, following six years living in Japan and other parts of Asia working in the fields of business, education, and journalism.

Schoff has written extensively on East Asian security and foreign policy issues. His publications include: Uncommon Alliance for the Common Good: The United States and Japan after the Cold War (Carnegie, 2017), “What Myanmar Means for the U.S.-Japan Alliance,” (Carnegie, 2014), a chapter in Strategy in the Second Nuclear Age; Power, Ambition, and the Ultimate Weapon (Georgetown University Press, 2012), and Tools for Trilateralism: Improving U.S.-Japan-Korea Cooperation to Manage Complex Contingencies (Potomac Books Inc., 2005).

  • Diplomat May 7, 2015
    Shinzo Abe’s Historic U.S. Visit

    The main goal of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s visit to the United States was was to lay the foundation for greater alliance cooperation going forward.

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  • BloombergTV December 15, 2014
    Will Abe Ever Be Able to Reform Japan’s Economy?

    The December 2014 election has given Abe four more years until the next election. This potentially gives Abe the time needed to implement unpopular economic measures like structural reform in Japan.

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  • Take Away with John Hockenberry February 12, 2013
    North Korea Conducts Most Powerful Nuclear Test Yet

    While the third North Korean nuclear test is a serious watershed, the country's policy remains far from posing an immediate threat.

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  • CNBC December 13, 2012
    A Likely Overwhelming Defeat For the DPJ

    Even if the Liberal Democratic Party of Japan wins in the upcoming elections, it will be more of an overwhelming defeat for the Democratic Party of Japan than a victory for the Liberal Democratic Party.

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  • Next Steps for Alliance Trade and Technology Policy: Session Two
    March 24, 2021 Live Online
    Next Steps for Alliance Trade and Technology Policy Coordination: Session Two

    The Biden administration is finalizing its trade and technology policy approach for the next four years, and this approach could differ noticeably from both a traditional free-trade/techno-globalist style and Trump’s “America First” brand of protectionism.

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  • Next Steps for Alliance Trade and Technology Policy Coordination: Session One
    March 19, 2021 Live Online
    Next Steps for Alliance Trade and Technology Policy Coordination: Session One

    Before the Biden administration finalizes its trade and technology promotion policies, it is useful to look back at the past four years in a U.S.-Japan alliance context with a critical eye and develop an evidence-based evaluation of goals, means, and ends.

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  • Managing China: Adapting U.S.-Japan Coordination Amid Political Transition
    February 3, 2021 Live Online
    Managing China: Adapting U.S.-Japan Coordination Amid Political Transition

    Nobukatsu Kanehara, Akio Takahara, Amy Searight, and Patricia M. Kim confer with James L. Schoff and Matake Kamiya on the evolving Japanese and American perspectives toward China and prospects in the year ahead.

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  • Japan in 2021: A Look at the Year Ahead
    January 14, 2021 Live online via Hopin
    Japan in 2021: A Look at the Year Ahead

    Challenges, opportunities, and major events await Japan in 2021, notably related to its recovery from the global pandemic, hosting of the delayed Summer Olympics, the beginnings of the Suga and Biden administrations, and various geopolitical and security developments.

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  • Technonationalism Redux: U.S.-Japan Strategies to Compete with China
    June 30, 2020 Live Online
    Technonationalism Redux: U.S.-Japan Strategies to Compete with China

    With echoes of their own technonationalist competition of the 1980s and 1990s, the United States and Japan are changing how they manage trade policy, export controls, investment rules, research and development strategies, supply chains, and even visa guidelines to gain a technological edge, this time over China.

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  • Setting ‘Moonshots’ on Target: U.S.-Japan Strategies for National Technology Investment
    May 28, 2020 Live Online
    Setting ‘Moonshots’ on Target: U.S.-Japan Strategies for National Technology Investment

    In two separate livestreamed sessions, Carnegie will convene key thought leaders behind Japan’s “Moonshot” program, the National Science Foundation’s “10 Big Ideas” program, the EU’s Horizon programs, and other fields of science collaboration.

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  • The Geopolitics and Geoeconomics of Submarine Cable Networks
    March 3, 2020 Washington DC
    The Geopolitics and Geoeconomics of Submarine Cable Networks

    Global communication since the 1850s has always relied on an expanding web of undersea cables, but this industry has traditionally been lightly regulated and involves a wide range of stakeholders. However, data generation and use is growing in ways that make these networks more important than ever.

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  • Japan in 2020: A Look at the Year Ahead
    January 24, 2020 Washington, DC
    Japan in 2020: A Look at the Year Ahead

    David R. Stilwell and Hiroyuki Akita will join two panels of leading experts from academia, business, and the media to consider a broad range of political, economic, security, and social issues likely to impact Japan and the U.S.-Japan alliance in the year ahead.

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  • Moving Target: China Policy Coordination for the United States and Japan
    October 23, 2019 Washington, DC
    Moving Target: China Policy Coordination for the United States and Japan

    While the United States and Japan share perceptions toward an increasingly assertive China, U.S.-Japan policy coordination vis-à-vis China is under strain.

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  • Understanding China-Japan Relations 1945-2019
    October 10, 2019 Washington, DC
    Understanding China-Japan Relations 1945-2019

    Despite being bound by a number of linguistic, cultural, economic, and philosophical ties, the relationship between China and Japan has often been defined by mutual suspicion and even conflict, which has left deep and persistent scars that continue to challenge bilateral relations.

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