Sasakawa USA Forum

The Sasakawa USA Forum provides a new platform for research and analysis related to Japan and U.S.-Japan relations in a bilateral, regional, and global context. In order to gain a more comprehensive view of U.S.-Japan relations, the Sasakawa USA Forum offers experts outside Sasakawa USA a chance to bring their work to a wide audience.

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For Japan, a Winning Formula is Cyber Defense and Innovation Offense

Sasakawa USA Forum Issue No. 16

The great and increasing importance of the cyber domain in strategic competition makes a pressing need for Japan to advance its cyber-security and technology entrepreneurship development. Japan lags behind other major economies in this regard due to particular characteristics of its business environment and a lack of ways to develop talent for key cyber jobs.  However, Japan is in a unique position to leverage its existing public-private ties, already tech-savvy population, and the upcoming Tokyo Olympics to develop its cyber and entrepreneurial capacities.

Japan’s sanctions policy vis-à-vis Russia: Implications for Western sanctions unity

Sasakawa USA Forum Issue No. 15

Japan’s symbolic sanctions towards Russia after its annexation of Crimea and the ensuring crisis in Eastern Ukraine allowed the country to balance between the West and Russia in the short run, but they may be counterproductive for Japan’s territorial negotiations with Russia and the effectiveness of Western sanctions in the long run.

Allied Against Natural Disaster?: The Need for Exceptional Disaster Relief Policy for the U.S.-Japan Alliance

Sasakawa USA Forum Issue No. 14

Since the Great Eastern Japan Earthquake and Tsunami, the U.S. and Japan have taken steps to improve cooperation and coordination in disaster relief, but more recent relief operations have revealed lingering deficiencies. Forum Issue No. 14, Allied Against Natural Disaster?: The Need for Exceptional Disaster Relief Policy for the U.S.-Japan Alliance, discusses these deficiencies and raises recommendations to address them.

Realizing a “Seamless Response”: Incorporating the Japan Coast Guard in the U.S.-Japan Alliance

Sasakawa USA Forum Issue No. 13

In Issue No. 13 of the Sasakawa USA Forum, Michael Bosack describes the gap that exists between the Japan Coast Guard, the U.S. military, and Japan’s Self-Defense Forces, and proposes recommendations to improve relations and communication between these entities in order to better respond to grey zone conflicts and escalations.

Japan’s Defense Exports: “Three Years Sitting on a Stone”

Sasakawa USA Forum Issue No. 12

Issue No. 12 of the Sasakawa USA Forum focuses on sales of Japan’s defense products three years after the Abe administration lifted restrictions on Japan’s defense exports. The paper focuses on the contradiction created by Japan’s overall stance as a pacifist country that does not, and likely will not, possess an offensive military force and the change in direction Tokyo recently made to allow overseas military sales.