Dedicated to strengthening U.S.-Japan relations through education, programs, and research.

Upcoming Events
  • Book Launch for Japan’s Energy Conundrum

    Join us for a June 25 book launch for Japan’s Energy Conundrum, to be held at noon at Washington DC’s Army and Navy Club. Edited by Sasakawa USA Fellow Phyllis Genther Yoshida, Japan’s Energy Conundrum tackles Japan’s attempts to manage and balance domestic supply and demand for energy, changing global energy markets, its climate change goals, and its overall energy security in the years after March 11, 2011.

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  • Japan’s Plutonium Question

    Japan must reassess the appropriate supply-demand balance of its plutonium stocks upon completion of its new energy plan. Japan has about 47 tons of separated plutonium onshore and stored in France and Great Britain for reprocessing into commercial fuel with a small amount reserved for research purposes.

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  • U.S.-Japan Diplomacy and the Singapore Summit: Assessing the Outcomes

    After weeks of dialogue between U.S. and Japanese leaders on North Korea, the immediate results of the June 12 summit between President Donald Trump and Chairman Kim Jong Un left much to be desired for Japan and U.S.-Japan relations. Not only did the joint statement fail  to address Japanese abductees in North Korea or the security threat posed by North Korean missiles, but Trump also indicated his willingness to concede alliance agreements for vague gains by mentioning ending “war games” jointly held by South Korea and the United States.

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Japan Political Pulse

Japan Political Pulse aggregates major opinion polls conducted by Japanese media outlets in order to provide a more accurate picture of the public approval ratings of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his cabinet.

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Featured Projects and Resources
  • Maritime Awareness Project

    MAP, a new joint initiative of Sasakawa USA and The National Bureau of Asian Research, improves public understanding of critical maritime problems and possible routes to their peaceful resolution. MAP features a unique, interactive map that visualizes key data at the heart of ongoing maritime disputes and related issues, alongside analytical papers and discussions.

  • JUMP

    The Japan U.S. Military Program (JUMP) connects past and present service members, families, and government civilians who have served in Japan, providing a powerful foundation for continued engagement that will help sustain this important bilateral relationship.

  • Sasakawa Forum

    Sasakawa Forum provides a new platform for research and analysis related to Japan and U.S.-Japan relations in a bilateral, regional, and global context. Click through for the latest published work and details on how to submit.

  • Issue Briefs

    Ever wonder what Collective Self-Defense means? Or wanted to track the history of Abenomics policy? How about learning more about Japan's demographic crisis brought on by the combination of low birthrates and the world’s longest life expectancy? Find all that and more in our Issue Briefs section, which provides guides to the top issues affecting the U.S.-Japan relationship today.

  • U.S.-Japan Resource Library

    Sasakawa USA’s research fellows have curated a list of documents that are key to the U.S.-Japan relationship, from its inception to today. The U.S.-Japan Resource Library is the ultimate reference guide to the treaties, articles, laws, and statements that have helped build and shape the tenor of that bilateral relationship.