Past Events

Implications of U.S. Trade Policy for Japanese-brand Automakers

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For Japanese-brand automakers, automobile tariffs have the potential to disrupt their global operations, the integrated North American supply chain that supports their production here in the United States, and their investment in the United States. Manny Manriquez discussed these issues on September 11, 2018, at an off-the-record policy lunch discussion at Sasakawa USA.

Investing in Georgia’s Workforce: A U.S.-Japan Dialogue

On September 6, Sasakawa USA, the U.S. Department of State, the Consulate General of Japan in Atlanta, and the Georgia Institute of Technology co-hosted a luncheon panel discussion at Atlanta’s Historic Academy of Medicine to explore how Japanese and U.S. firms, state and local authorities, and educational institutions can work together to train and develop Georgia’s workforce. Panelists addressed Georgia’s future workforce needs, approaches to workforce development, and opportunities for stakeholder collaboration.

Japan & Georgia, Growing Together

On September 5, the World Affairs Council of Atlanta partnered with Sasakawa USA and the East-West Center in Washington to host a luncheon at The Commerce Club in Atlanta, Georgia. Speakers for “Japan & Georgia, Growing Together” included Admiral Dennis Blair, Chairman, Sasakawa USA; Ambassador Charles Shapiro, President, World Affairs Council; Ambassador James Zumwalt, CEO, Sasakawa USA; Dr. Satu Limaye, Director, East-West Center; and Jim Reed, President, YKK Corporation of America.

Congressional Alumni Reception

On August 30, 2018, as part of Sasakawa USA’s Alumni Program, Sasakawa USA partnered with the U.S. Association for Former Members of Congress – Congressional Study Group on Japan (FMC – CSGJ) to host 19 of our congressional alumni for a reception at Kaz Sushi Bistro. Alumni who joined us were former participants of CSGJ’s delegations to Japan and Weekend Asia Retreats in Baltimore or East West Center in Washington’s Congressional Program on Asia (CSPA), which are all sponsored by Sasakawa USA.

Emerging Arenas and New Platforms for the Next Generation of US-Japan Cooperation

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The U.S.-Japan Conference on Cultural and Educational Interchange (CULCON) is a binational advisory panel that works to strengthen the cultural and educational foundations of the U.S.-Japan relationship. CULCON’s Next Generation Task Force assesses the state of U.S.-Japan exchanges for the next generation to ensure opportunities for the future leaders in U.S.-Japan relations. Dr. Sheila Smith, Senior Fellow for Japan Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations, and member of CULCON’s Next Generation Task Force, presented the Task Force’s recommendations for supporting the next generation of U.S.-Japan exchange at a policy lunch at Sasakawa USA on July 19, 2018. Ambassador James Zumwalt moderated the discussion.