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Fourth Annual Security Forum: The U.S.-Japan Alliance: Foundation of Asian Security

May 2, 2017 @ 8:30 am - 6:00 pm

On May 2, 2017, Sasakawa USA brought together key security experts and officials from government, business, think tanks, and academia for its Fourth Annual Security Forum. Building upon the success of previous security forums, this event focused on topics including key issues in the U.S.-Japan alliance, Asia policy under both administrations, the regional role of the alliance, defense capabilities and cooperation, and Japan’s role in global security.

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8:30 a.m. | Registration
9:00 a.m. | Key Issues in the Alliance
9:15 a.m.  | Asia Policy under the Trump and Abe Administrations
10:30 a.m.| Break
10:45 a.m. | Crisis in the Senkaku Islands: Results of a Sasakawa USA Tabletop Exercise
12:00 p.m. | Lunch
12:30 p.m. | Congressional and Diet views on East Asian Economic Security Issues
1:30 p.m. | U.S.-Japan Defense Capabilities and Cooperation
2:30 p.m. | Break
2:45 p.m. | U.S.-Japan-ROK Cooperation in Addressing the North Korean Threat
3:45 p.m. | U.S.-Japan Cybersecurity Cooperation

Speakers and Participants

Dennis Blair, Chairman and Distinguished Senior Fellow, Sasakawa USA
James Zumwalt, CEO, Sasakawa USA
Kenichiro Sasae, Ambassador of Japan to the United States
Yoichi Funabashi, Co-founder and Chairman, Rebuild Japan Initiative Foundation
Matt Pottinger, Senior Director for Asian Affairs, NSC
Daniel Russel, Diplomat in Residence and Senior Fellow, Asia Society Policy Institute
James Kendall, Fellow for Common Challenges, Sasakawa USA
Hideshi Tokuchi, Distinguished Fellow, Sasakawa USA
Dennis Wilder, Senior Fellow at the Initiative for U.S.-China Dialogue and Professor, Georgetown University
Daniel Bob, Senior Fellow and Director of Programs, Sasakawa USA
Rick Larsen, Democrat, Washington 2nd District, U.S House of Representatives
Yukihisa Fujita, House of Councillors
Keizo Takemi, House of Councillors
Itsunori Onodera, former Minister of Defense
Randall Schriver, President, Project 2049
Chris Johnstone, Office of Secretary of Defense
Sheila Smith, Senior Fellow for Japan, Council on Foreign Relations
Mike Green, Senior Vice President for Asia and Japan Chair, Center for Strategic and International Studies
Evans Revere, Non-Resident Senior Fellow, Brookings Institution
Masanori Nishi, former Japan Vice Minister of Defense
William ‘Bud’ Roth, Fellow for Cybersecurity, Sasakawa USA
Melissa Hathaway, Senior Advisor, Cybersecurity Project at Harvard Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs
William Saito, Special Advisor, Japan Cabinet Office



May 2, 2017
8:30 am - 6:00 pm
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Willard InterContinental Hotel Ballroom
1401 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC, DC 20004 United States
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