Sasakawa USA held a panel discussion on April 4 examining the importance of the U.S.-Japan-India relationship and India’s views of Japan and the United States. The event included a short session on Japan’s cultural influences on India, embracing the National Cherry Blossom Festival’s 2018 theme of “Art, Music and Play.”
Journalist Paul Beckett, Washington Bureau Chief for The Wall Street Journal, moderated the “Abe, Modi, & Partnership: India’s Views of Japan, the United States and the ‘Indo-Pacific’ Partnership” discussion. Beckett was joined by Raja Mohan, Director of Carnegie India; Sumona Guha, Senior Director of the U.S.-India Business Council; and Ambassador Akitaka Saiki, Board Member of Mitsubishi Corporation. Mohan is a leading analyst of India’s foreign policy, Guha is a former member of the U.S. Secretary of State’s Policy Planning Staff, and Saiki is a former Japanese ambassador to India.
In recent years, manga and anime have grown in popularity in India. Prior to the panel, Yoshiaki Koga, Editor and India Project Director for Kodansha, one of the world’s leading publishers of manga and children’s books, discussed cultural interests that are shared by Japan and India.
The event was free and open to the public and lunch was served. The event was held from 11:30 am-2 pm at the Army Navy Club.
Sasakawa USA is dedicated to strengthening U.S.-Japan relations through education, programs and research. This program is the fourth in Sasakawa USA’s Views of Japan series, which offers opportunities for the American public to learn more about Japan’s relationships with other countries.