The American Conservative Union is taking its message overseas. For the second year in a row, the group has organized an outreach in Japan — affectionately called J-CPAC. It’s a strategic offshoot of the influential Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), the organization’s annual gathering of some 13,000 enthusiasts who reaffirm that conservative values are alive, well and resilient.
J-CPAC, which begins next week in Tokyo, features two days of discussion on the 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 said.
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. Also attending will be Eitaro Ogawa, chairman of the Japan Peace Studies Institute, and author and analyst Gordon Chang.
“Last year’s inaugural ‘Asian CPAC’ came at a pivotal point in the U.S. relationship with Japan and its neighbors in the Indo-Pacific,” Mr. Schlapp said. “After nearly a decade of declining U.S. influence in the region, President Trump had just visited and laid out a bold vision for the future. 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.”