On December 10, 2020, Sasakawa USA welcomed Dr. Masami Onoda, Director of the JAXA Washington D.C. Office and Mr. Kimitake Nakamura, Minister at the Embassy of Japan in Washington D.C. for a virtual roundtable to address recent developments in the U.S.-Japan partnership in space exploration, including JAXA Astronaut Dr. Soichi Noguchi’s flight to the International Space Station on SpaceX Crew-1 and JAXA Astronaut Mr. Akihiko Hoshide’s planned flight on SpaceX Crew-2 next spring.
On December 8, Sasakawa USA welcomed Dr. Robert Dohner, Nonresident Senior Fellow at The Atlantic Council, Mr. Ichiro Oishi, Minister of Financial Affairs at the Embassy of Japan in Washington DC, and Mr. Yasuhiro Yamai, Managing Director of Corporate Planning at Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group, for a virtual roundtable on central bank digital currencies (CBDC). The panel analyzed key questions surrounding debates by major central banks on the introduction of CBDC, including how the U.S. and Japan could work together on this issue based on viewpoints from both the public and private sectors.
On December 3, 2020, Sasakawa USA hosted Ms. Kathryn Tolbert, an editor at the Washington Post, and Col. (Ret.) Jyuji Hewitt for a virtual seminar. Ms. Tolbert used materials from her Japanese War Brides oral history project to discuss the role of Japanese women who married American GIs following World War II as bridges in Japan’s transition from wartime enemy to ally. Col. (Ret.) Jyuji Hewitt, whose family’s story has been preserved through the Japanese War Brides project, offered a personal perspective on the impact of the war brides on U.S.-Japan relations.
On December 1, 2020, as part of The Alliance Working in America Series, Sasakawa USA held a virtual webinar in partnership with the World Affairs Council of Seattle and World Affairs Councils of America (WACA), featuring Dr. Michael Green, Vice President for Asia and Japan Chair, CSIS; Dr. Mireya Solís, Director of the Center for East Asia Policy Studies, Brookings; and Dr. Saori Katada, professor of political science and international relations, University of Southern California.
On October 26, 2020, Sasakawa USA welcomed Dr. Gerald Curtis, Burgess Professor Emeritus at Columbia University, for a virtual roundtable. Dr. Curtis discussed recent political developments in Japan with a focus on Prime Minister Suga and his new administration. In addition to reviewing Prime Minister Suga’s first month in office, Dr. Curtis assessed what major challenges await the Suga administration and shared his insights on the future of U.S.-Japan relations.