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Japan and the World - Episode 2

last modified May 27, 2016 03:36 PM

In the second of a new series of podcasts on Japan and the World, launched at Chatham House, Dr John Nilsson-Wright, University Senior Lecturer in Modern Japanese Politics and International Relations and head of the Asia Programme at Chatham House, speaks to Robert M. Orr, US Ambassador to the Asian Development Bank (2010-16), about the significance of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) as part of Japan's regional and global diplomacy.

The speakers discuss why the ADB has been an opportunity for Japan to play a leadership role in an international organization, and also consider whether it is - or is not - a tool for Japanese economic interests or part of a wider agenda for regional economic development. They also explore the emergence of its potential rival, the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB), and how Asia views the possibility of Donald Trump winning the US presidential election later on this year.

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