Past Events

U.S.-Japan NEXT Alliance Initiative: Bilateral Dialogue Series: “Alliance Perceptions of Central Bank Digital Currencies”

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On November 30, Sasakawa USA’s U.S.-Japan NEXT Alliance Initiative held a Track 1.5 bilateral dialogue, “Alliance Perceptions of Central Bank Digital Currencies.” This off-the-record, virtual event convened policymakers and fintech specialists to exchange views about the current state of the CBDC debate in the United States and Japan, as well as their perceptions of CBDC developments in other countries and their potential implications.

2021 ASEAN Summit: US Policy Toward Asia

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On November 10, Sasakawa Peace Foundation USA hosted the virtual event, “2021 ASEAN Summit: U.S. Policy Toward Asia.” This event featured Ambassador David Shear, former U.S. Ambassador to Vietnam (2011-2014), for a discussion on the 2021 ASEAN and East Asia Summit, both of which took place in October.

Taiwan Crisis and Japan’s Strategy

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On November 2, Sasakawa USA hosted the virtual event, “Taiwan Crisis and Japan’s Strategy,” featuring LTG Koichiro Bansho, JGSDF (Ret.), former Commander of the Western Army of Japan from 2013-2015, for a discussion on Japan’s perspective on the expectations and roles of the United States and Japan in a Taiwan contingency. General Chip Gregson, USMC (Ret.) provided a brief commentary from the American perspective.

2021 ASEAN Summit: Japan’s Viewpoint

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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.

Understanding the Role of Japanese Automakers and Suppliers in the U.S. Automotive Industry

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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.