On May 22, 2019, Sasakawa USA hosted Sonja Schaefer, a legislative assistant handling a portfolio of issues related to trade, labor, immigration, budget, and appropriations for a member of the U.S. House of Representatives, for a private luncheon. At the event, a group of experts discussed Schafer’s soon-to-be published paper on global steel excess capacity and how the United States and Japan can better align their policies to combat this issue. The meeting was part of Sasakawa USA’s Alumni Program and the paper is a culmination of Schaefer’s research in Japan in November 2018 for Sasakawa USA’s In-Depth Alumni Research Trip. Schaefer is an alumna of the 2017 Congressional Staff Program on Asia (CSPA), a program administered by the East-West Center in Washington (EWC) with support from Sasakawa USA.
Following Schafer’s presentation on the key findings and recommendations from her research, Jean Kemp, Senior Vice President of Government Affairs and Trade Policy at the Steel Manufacturers Association, moderated a group discussion. Participants, including experts and practitioners in the field of steel, trade, and U.S.-Japan relations, offered feedback on Schaefer’s presentation ahead of its publication on the Sasakawa USA website.