True Stories from Japan

True Stories from Japan is an occasional blog on the Sasakawa USA website that features reflective essays about travels to and from Japan. Topics range from U.S.-Japan relations to cultural differences and everything in between.

True Stories from Japan accepts submissions for publication. Click here for details on how to submit an article for consideration. Published items are the opinion/experience of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Sasakawa USA.

True Stories from Japan: U.S.-Japan partnerships critical to building stronger advocacy programs

I recently participated in Sasakawa USA’s Civil Society Exchange Program – a week-long dialogue that brought members of Japan’s Civil Society to the United States to interact with their counterparts in the U.S. This was the first opportunity I had to have a genuine dialogue with U.S. Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) and expand the understanding of international development.

True Stories from Japan: Life in Yokosuka punctuated by acts of kindness

We used our free time to drive ourselves around the country, driving north to the spectacular groves of sugi — Japanese cedar trees — in Nikko; west to the entrancing gardens and ancient temples in Nara and Kyoto; and to many other fascinating destinations all around the country. Each of the many times we were lost was an adventure that ended happily.

True Stories from Japan: An exemplary member of the international community

I’ve come to believe that Japan can play an important role in world politics, far beyond Northeast Asia, as it has a very credible diplomatic voice and significant means at its disposal. Japan has been, by anyone’s measure, an exemplary member of the international community and it derives a lot of legitimacy from this.

True Stories from Japan: A key security alliance

Having the opportunity to spend a week in Tokyo hearing the perspectives of a range of experts was tremendously helpful for understanding the Japanese perspective on security issues and the challenges facing Japanese society.