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Second Annual Security Forum: Updating the Alliance: Domestic Changes, Regional and Global Challenges

April 29, 2015 @ 8:30 am - 6:00 pm

On April 29, 2015, Sasakawa USA held the Second Annual Security Forum at the Four Seasons Hotel in Washington, DC. The event welcomed more than 400 attendees and brought together key security experts and officials from government, business, think tanks, and academia. The in-depth discussions were centered around recent developments and new challenges regarding the U.S.-Japan alliance as well as strategies to enhance it for the future. For a full agenda, click here. For speakers’ biographies, click here.


•  Hon. Shinzo Abe, Prime Minister of Japan
•  Adm. Dennis Blair, USN (ret.), Chairman and CEO, Sasakawa USA
•  Dan Bob, Senior Fellow and Director of Programs, Sasakawa USA
•  Junko Chano, President, Sasakawa USA; Executive Director, Sasakawa Peace Foundation
•  Vice Adm. Yoji Koda, JMSDF (ret.), former Commander in Chief, Self Defense Fleet
•  Mark Landler, White House Correspondent, The New York Times
•  Hideshi Tokuchi, Director-General, Defense Policy Bureau, Ministry of Defense
•  Hon. David Shear, Assistant Secretary of Defense for Asian and Pacific Security Affairs, DOD
•  Dr. Michael Green, Senior Vice President for Asia and Japan Chair, CSIS
•  Hon. Richard Lugar, President and Chairman of the Board, The Lugar Center
•  Dr. Takatoshi Ito, Professor of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University
•  Hon. Michèle Flournoy, CEO, Center for a New American Security
•  Dr. Adam Posen, President, Peterson Institute for International Economics
•  Hon. Christine Wormuth, Under Secretary of Defense for Policy, DOD
•  Hon. William Cohen, Chairman, The Cohen Group
•  Adm. Harry Harris, USN, Commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet
•  Gerald Seib, Washington Bureau Chief, The Wall Street Journal
•  Junichi Nishiyama, Director, Japan Forum for Strategic Studies; Sr. Fellow, Institute for Future Engineering
•  Patrick Dewar, Executive Vice President, Lockheed Martin International, Lockheed Martin Corporation
•  Dr. Sheila Smith, Senior Fellow for Japan Studies, Council on Foreign Relations


Remarks by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (English and 日本語)
Remarks by Adm. Dennis Blair: Assertive Engagement: Defining a U.S.-Japan Security Strategy on China
Presentation by Yoji Koda: Assertive Engagement: Defining a U.S.-Japan Strategy on China
Presentation by Junichi Nishiyama: U.S.-Japan Defense Development Cooperation

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April 29, 2015
8:30 am - 6:00 pm
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Four Seasons Hotel
2800 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington , DC 20007 United States

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