On October 20, Sasakawa USA hosted the virtual event, 2021 ASEAN Summit: Japan’s Viewpoint, featuring Ambassador Masafumi Ishii, former Japanese Ambassador to Indonesia (2017-2020). Ambassador Ishii delivered a presentation on the strategic importance of ASEAN and its member states, Japan’s expectations ASEAN, and how Japan and the United States can expand cooperation with ASEAN.
On September 16, 2021, Sasakawa USA hosted a virtual event, “Understanding the Role of Japanese Automakers and Suppliers in the U.S. Automotive Industry,” featuring remarks by Mr. Manny Manriquez, General Director of the Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association (JAMA) U.S. Office, and Ms. Jennifer Heckmann, Senior Manager at DENSO. Mr. Manriquez and Ms. Heckmann emphasized the robustness and complexity of relationships Japanese automakers and suppliers’ have with communities in the United States, drawing attention to how their activities transcend economic ties to include support for improving educational opportunities, addressing environmental concerns, and supporting local humanitarian efforts.
On August 24, Sasakawa USA hosted a virtual event a keynote by LtGen. Koichi Isobe, JGSDF (Ret.), 37th Commander of the Eastern Army (2013-2015); and commentary provided by LtGen Chip Gregson, USMC (Ret.), Assistant Secretary of Defense, Asian and Pacific Security Affairs (2009-2011); and LtGen Larry Nicholson, USMC (Ret.), Commanding General of III Marine Expeditionary Force (2015-2018) discussing discussed what the USMC Force Design 2030 means to Japan from the Japanese perspective and its impact on the ever-important U.S.-Japan security alliance.
On July 9, 2021, Sasakawa USA welcomed the Hon. Akira Amari, the LDP Research Commission on Tax System Chairman. He discussed how a three-pronged approach of economic strategy, digital policy, and semiconductor strategy can strengthen Japan’s economic security strategy.
On June 10, 2021, Dr. Joseph S. Nye, Jr., Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus at Harvard University, and Sasakawa USA’s Advisory Committee member, joined Sasakawa USA for a discussion of the role of morals in U.S. foreign policy and the impact of soft power on international relations.