THE JAPANESE CONSERVATIVE UNION About the JCU
We believe in a society that we can call “our own society” through shared values. We must cherish and hold in esteem the ideas that are at the foundation of our society.
Our shared values should not be unnecessarily upheaved by the waves of change. What should be defended must be defended. At the same time, we must consider how to navigate the waves of change. How are we to hold fast to the shared values of Japan, which have been nurtured through thousands of years of tradition and culture. Here is the basis of how we ought to conserve.
So, what are the values that should be at the basis of our society? For that, we turn the words of the proud Japanese thought leader Fukuzawa Yukichi, “Whosoever perfectly realizes the principle of Independence, both of Mind and Body, and, paying due respect to his own person, preserves his dignity unblemished, ―him we call a man of independence and self-respect.”
All individuals maintain their dignity by having a spirit of independence. The only exceptions being when this results in infringing on another’s rights or results in one man being overly dependent on another.
This is the ideal ideological foundation for us to connect with American conservatism, which advocates for limited government, and to reform the conservative movement in Japan. If the government is large, we will be subject to and controlled by it. Without regard for defending oneself, we are subject to threats both ideological and militaristic in nature. We affirm that a limited government is the only way to uphold and defend individual rights. We believe that capitalism is the only economic system of our time that is compatible with political liberty.
How do we orient the ideal conservative movement in Japanese society, a society where big government has taken root since the onset of WW II? We will continue to work to make the concepts espoused by Fukuzawa Yukichi the core of our ideal conservative movement in Japan, notably the idea of "perfectly realizing the principle of Independence, both of Mind and Body," "paying due respect to oneself," and maintaining "unembellished dignity."
- February 11, 2015
- March 5, 2016
- Chairman Aeba became the first Japanese to deliver a speech on the mainstage at CPAC 2016
- December 9, 2016
- Held a Symposium on Japan-US Relations under the new Trump Administration at Meguro Gajoen
- January 25, 2017
- Attended President Trump's inauguration ceremony and inauguration celebration ball
- February 25, 2017
- Chairman Aeba delivered a speech at CPAC 2017 on the main stage
- December 17-18, 2017
- Held Japan's first CPAC, CPAC Japan 2017 (formerly J-CPAC 2017)
- February 21, 2018
- Chairman Aeba delivered a speech on the main stage at CPAC 2018 / Announcement of APCU’s Establishment / Meeting with President Trump and Vice President Pence
- November 17-18, 2018
- Held CPAC Japan 2018 (formerly J-CPAC 2018) and welcomed Acting Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney as a speaker
- January 19, 2019
- Held a seminar on the book Trump’s America and the implications for Japan's future in Tokyo
- February 27-March 2, 2019
- Chairman Aeba delivered a speech on the main stage at CPAC 2019 / Meeting with President Trump
- May 28, 2019
- Talks with Ms. Rebiya Kadeer, Leader of the World Uyghur Congress
- August 9-10, 2019
- CPAC Australia 2019 / Meeting with White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows (at that time, Member of the House of Representatives)
- August 31-September 1, 2019
- Held CPAC Japan 2019 (formerly J-CPAC 2019)
- September 1, 2019
- Pro-democracy activist “Andy” Chan Ho-tin invited to CPAC Japan, detained in the airport / issued a statement requesting immediate release / Impromptu Hong Kong visit (meeting with Mr. Chan Ho-tin and Apple Daily founder Jimmy Lai)
- September 25, 2019
- Spoke at the bilateral conservative forum (Auditorium of the Republic of Korea National Assembly Library) to restore Japan-South Korea relations
- October 1, 2019
- Main stage speech at conservative rally held in Seoul, South Korea with hundreds of thousands of onlookers / CPAC Korea 2019
- November 24, 2019
- Held a JCU seminar in Okinawa
- December 14, 2019
- Symposium on Strengthening Japan-Taiwan Relations (Taiwan University Auditorium)
- February 26-29, 2020
- Delivered a speech on the main stage at CPAC 2020 / Meeting with President Trump
- August 5, 2020
- Concerns with Losing South Korea to Election Fraud: Announced serious concerns regarding losing South Korea due to
Founder of JCU Shun Eguchi
After graduating from Takushoku University in Tokyo, he joined the Sankei Shimbun, Japan's only conservative national newspaper. He served as a sales director and the president of Sankei's branch newspaper specializing in economic news, Fuji-Sankei Business Eye. Later, he served on Sankei's board of directors. After retiring, Shun Eguchi founded JCU with Jay・H・Aeba in 2015.
JCU Chairman Jay・H・Aeba
Chairman of the Japanese Conservative Union (JCU). Since 2012, he has served as an advisor to the Republican National Committee (RNC). In 2015, he founded JCU as the counterpart to the American Conservative Union (ACU). In March 2016, even though it was before Trump became the Republican nominee, he published the book titled The Trump Revolution that supported Trump despite vocal objections from people around him. Together with the Japanese language version of Clinton Cash published in February (Jay serving as the editorial supervisor), his books have achieved first place in the bestseller rankings on Amazon Japan. After President Trump was elected, the phrase "Trump Revolution" which he coined became widely used among conservatives. He also supervised the Japanese language edition of the book Trump’s America: The Truth about our Nation’s Great Comeback (2018, Sankei Shimbun Publications Inc.).