“President Kennedy’s emphasis on service inspired a generation to change the way they thought about their own lives." -President Bill Clinton

On March 18, 2015, The Torch Has Been Passed: JFK’s Legacy Today brought together distinguished American and Japanese policymakers, scholars, and business and industry leaders for two panel discussions: “The New Frontier: Innovation, Inspiration and Inclusion” and “A Strategy of Peace: Crisis Diplomacy & Non-proliferation.” President Clinton delivered a keynote address outlining President Kennedy’s contributions to today’s world. Watch a clip from the speech below.

The New Frontier: Innovation, Inspiration, and Inclusion

The first panel of the day explored the technological and scientific inquiries that resulted from President Kennedy’s initiatives around the space program, along with the removal of barriers to innovation and inclusion that stemmed from strides made in the U.S. Civil Rights movement during the Kennedy Administration.

The distinguished panel included Charles Bolden, Administrator, U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA); Carol Fulp, President and CEO, The Partnership, Inc.; Kiyoshi Higuchi, President, International Astronautical Federation and Senior Vice President, Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA); Marie Oshima, Professor and Head, Center for Medical System Innovation, University of Tokyo; Koichi Wakata, Astronaut, Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), and moderator Seiichiro Yonekura, Professor, Institute of Innovation Research, Hitotsubashi University.

A Strategy of Peace: Crisis Diplomacy and Non-proliferation.

The second panel considered how President Kennedy’s ideals and vision still resonate as inspiration for peace in our time and inform modern thinking about the challenges currently facing world leaders today.

Panel 2

The group included: Graham Allison, Professor, Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University; Christopher Dodd, former U.S. Senator and Chair and CEO, Motion Picture Association of America; Fumiaki Kubo, Professor, American Government and History, University of Tokyo Graduate Schools for Law and Politics; Koji Murata, President, Doshisha University; Hatsue Shinohara, Professor, Graduate School of Asia-Pacific Studies, Waseda University, and moderator Chris Matthews, host of MSNBC’s Hardball and author of Jack Kennedy: Elusive Hero.

Leaders discuss President Kennedy's impact.

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The Torch Has Been Passed: JFK's Legacy Today

Waseda University on March 18, 2015Waseda President Kaoru KamataThe New Frontier: Innovation, Inspiration and InclusionA Waseda University students participates in a Q & A with our panel.A Strategy of Peace: Crisis Diplomacy and Non-proliferation.Jack SchlossbergFormer U.S. President Bill ClintonAmbassador Caroline KennedyJapanese Prime Minister Shinzo AbeKennedy Library Foundation CEO Heather Campion
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Waseda University on March 18, 2015

The Torch Has Been Passed Program

President John F. Kennedy Meets with Hayato Ikeda, Prime Minister of Japan, 1961

Learn more about our distinguished speakers, panelists, and President Kennedy's ties to Japan.

A Visit from Prime Minister Abe

Ambassador Kennedy greets Prime Minister Abe on his arrival at the JFK Presidential Library.

View our photo album from Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's visit to our newly renovated museum.