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The U.S.-Japan Alliance Working in Kentucky — Panel and Sake Tasting

March 6, 2019 @ 5:30 pm - 7:15 pm

Photo by Joy Champaloux.

On March 6, 2019, Sasakawa USA co-hosted a public panel discussion, “The U.S.-Japan Alliance Working in Kentucky,” with the World Affairs Council of Kentucky and Southern Indiana and the World Affairs Councils of America in partnership with the East-West Center in Washington and Japan-America Society of Kentucky.

The panel, held in Louisville, Kentucky, examined important developments in today’s Japan with implications for U.S.-Japan relations, the depth and breadth of Japan-Kentucky ties, and the impact of Japanese business investments in Kentucky.  The event was held at the Speed Art Museum and included a post-panel reception and sake tasting.

This event was free for WAC Members and $20 for non-members.

This event was offered as part of Sasakawa USA’s The Alliance Working in America (TAWA) series. Sasakawa USA launched The Alliance Working in America (TAWA) series to reach out and engage with regional leaders and influencers in U.S. cities outside of Washington, D.C. on the importance of the U.S.-Japan alliance to U.S. interests, both at the regional and national levels. Previous TAWA programs have been held in Houston, Texas; Atlanta, Georgia; and Oregon. Read a recap of The Alliance Working in Kentucky.

View photos and a video below.


5:30                        | Registration

6:00                       | Panel Discussion

7:00                       | Audience Q&A

7:15                        | Reception (with Sake Tasting)

Reception catered by Wiltshire Pantry with special Sake Tasting presentation by Ayako Nakajima, WAC’s Japan Outreach Coordinator.


Xiao Yin Zhao, Executive Director, World Affairs Council of Kentucky and Southern Indiana

Bill Clifford, President and CEO, World Affairs Councils of America

Dr. Toshihiro Nakayama, Japan Fellow, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, and Professor, Faculty of Policy Management, Keio University, Japan

Dr. Satu Limaye, Director, East-West Center in Washington, and Director, Asia Matters for America initiative

Kevin Smith, Vice President, Kentucky Beam Bourbon Affairs, Beam Suntory


Amb. James P. Zumwalt, Chief Executive Officer, Sasakawa USA



Photography by Media Pros Productions




March 6, 2019
5:30 pm - 7:15 pm
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Speed Art Museum
2035 South Third ST
Louisville, KY United States

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