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.
On April 30, 2019, Sasakawa USA hosted Dani Charles, Co-Founder & CEO, Charles Bernard Ventures, for a private luncheon to present on his soon-to-be published paper on the strategic relationship between Japan and Israel as it relates to cyber, technology, and innovation, and how the United States might facilitate this Japan-Israel exchange.
On February 13, 2019, Sasakawa USA hosted LtGen Lawrence Nicholson (USMC, ret.), former Commander of the III Marine Expeditionary Force (2015-2018), for a Policy Lunch Series event on “Security Threats in the Western Pacific: A Former III MEF Commander’s Perspective.” Chris Rodeman, Research Fellow at Sasakawa USA, moderated the discussion.
Yun Sun, Co-Director of the East Asia Program and Director of the China Program at the Stimson Center, was the guest speaker at Sasakawa USA’s February 6 Policy Lunch Series discussion on “China’s Strategic Perception of Japan: The View from Beijing.” The off-the-record discussion was moderated by Sasakawa USA Research Assistant Darah Phillip.
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.