Congressional Outreach

Sasakawa USA is committed to engaging with Congress to build a greater understanding of the U.S.-Japan relationship. With access to an expansive network of U.S.-Japan experts, Sasakawa USA is able to provide thought provoking briefings, timely reports, and concise fact sheets to support Congress in developing the best policy solutions for the challenges facing the U.S.-Japan Alliance.

Sasakawa USA contributes to several educational exchange and fellowship programs that we feel are important to building a comprehensive view of U.S.-Japan relations while facilitating dialogue at a grassroots level.

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Congressional Outreach Programs


Congressional briefings, receptions, and other events

In order to better engage with Congress and build a greater understanding of the U.S.-Japan relationship, Sasakawa USA hosts periodic events on Capitol Hill, such as briefings on issues relevant to the U.S. and Asia, receptions to bring together Congressional members with their counterparts visiting from the Japanese Diet, and informal gatherings where staffers can mingle with important thought leaders.

Congressional hearings and testimony

Sasakawa USA's fellows are occasionally called on to offer their expertise at Congressional hearings. Click through to access video and transcripts of previous testimony.

Sasakawa USA partnership with The Congressional Study Group on Japan

Since 2014, Sasakawa USA has partnered with the Sasakawa Peace Foundation to support programs run by the Congressional Study Group on Japan (CSGJ), an independent, non-partisan, and non-advocacy organization that promotes legislative exchange between the U.S. Congress and Japanese Diet. This program provides opportunities for members of Congress and their staff to exchange ideas with Japan's policy leaders through exchange programs, including visits by Japanese delegation to various U.S. states and Congressional districts.

Sasakawa USA partnership with The Aspen Institute Congressional Program

Sasakawa USA is committed to engaging with Congressional members and staff to promote a greater understanding of the U.S.-Japan and broader U.S.-Asia relationships. Toward this end, in 2014 and 2017, Sasakawa USA partnered with The Aspen Institute Congressional Program, to provide Senators and Representatives the opportunity to delve into complex and critical public policy issues with internationally-recognized experts.

Congressional Program on U.S.-Japan Relations and the Indo-Pacific (CPUSJ)

Formerly known as the Congressional Staff Program on Asia, the Congressional Program on U.S.-Japan Relations and the Indo-Pacific (CPUSJ) is a bipartisan educational certificate program that aims to equip Congressional staffers with greater knowledge of U.S.-Asia policy in order to better understand America's role in and engagement with this dynamic region and the policy implications that will directly engage Congress. This program is administered by the East-West Center in Washington with support from Sasakawa USA.

Sasakawa USA Congressional Fellowship Program

The Sasakawa USA Congressional Fellowship provides a unique opportunity for recipients to serve in a Congressional office and gain hands-on experience in the U.S. legislative process.

Sasakawa USA sponsors Congressional Study Group tour to Tokyo and Sapporo

Seven members of the U.S. House of Representatives participated on a tour of Japan in late February through the Congressional Study Group on Japan (CSGJ), sponsored by Sasakawa USA. The delegation arrived in Tokyo on February 18 to embark on a week-long trip to enhance their understanding of Japan. The trip included meetings with Japan’s

Admiral Blair testifies before U.S. Senate Committee on Armed Forces

Admiral Dennis Blair, Chair of Sasakawa USA, testified before the U.S. Senate Armed Forces Committee on January 30. Blair was a witness for a hearing on the “Situation on the Korean Peninsula and U.S. Strategy in the Indo-Pacific Region.” Blair is a former Director of National Intelligence and previously served as Commander in Chief of the U.S. Pacific Command.