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March 2010

The United States-Japan Security Treaty at 50: Still a Grand Bargain?

March 15, 2010 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Capital Hilton, 1001 16th Street NW
Washington, DC, DC 20036 United States
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On March 15, 2010, Sasakawa USA hosted a lunch program with Dr. George Packard and Professor Koji Murata Dr. George Packard’s book, Protest in Tokyo, is the definitive account of the negotiations and political crisis surrounding the 1960 US-Japan security treaty. As President of the United States-Japan Foundation and past Dean of SAIS, Packard recently wrote an article in the March-April 2010 issue of Foreign Affairs magazine (“The United States-Japan Security Treaty at 50: Still a Grand Bargain?”) The article explored the past 50 years of our security…

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Regional Security and Okinawa in the U.S.-Japan Alliance

March 9, 2010 @ 9:30 am - March 9, 2014 @ 2:00 pm
Cosmos Club, Powell Room, 2121 Massachusetts Avenue, N.W.
Washington, DC , DC 20016 United States
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The U.S.-Japan Alliance has weathered many storms in its fifty-year history, yet remains strong today. However, several issues have continued to cause debate between the two countries, including the dilemma of how to best ensure regional security and contention over U.S. bases in Okinawa. In a public conference, Japanese and American experts discussed regional security issues facing the Okinawa base over the past fifty years and looked at pressing challenges and the impact they will have on the U.S.-Japan Alliance as it moves into…

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February 2010

Asean Studies Center Launch

February 16, 2010 @ 2:00 pm - 4:15 pm
American University, 4400 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
Washington, DC , DC 20016 United States
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February 16, 2010 Co-Sponsored by the Sasakawa Peace Foundation USA Guest of Honor: H.E. Dr. Surin Pitsuwan, Secretary-General, Association of Southeast Asian Nations Launch Ceremony 2:00 – 4:15 pm Katzen Arts Center Recital Hall, American University Welcome: Dr. Cornelius Kerwin, AU President; Dr. Louis Goodman, SIS Dean Remarks: Ambassador Scot Marciel, US Ambassador to ASEAN Address: H.E. Dr. Surin Pitsuwan, ASEAN Secretary-General Introduction: Dr. Amitav Acharya, Chair, ASEAN Studies Center Launch ceremony presided over by Dr. Surin Pitsuwan, Amb. Scot…

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December 2009

Japan, America and Asia

December 18, 2009 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Capital Hilton, 1001 16th Street NW
Washington, DC, DC 20036 United States
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December 18, 2009, Sasakawa Peace Foundation USA hosted a luncheon with Assistant Secretary of State Kurt Campbell, the Administration’s top policymaker on Asian affairs to discuss issues facing Japan, America and Asia. Dr. Campbell became the Assistant Secretary of State in June 2009. Prior to that, he was the CEO and Co-Founder of the Center for a New American Security (CNAS) and concurrently served as the director of the Aspen Strategy Group and chairman of the Editorial Board of the Washington Quarterly. He was the…

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November 2009

A Place Apart: Okinawa and the U.S.-Japan Security Relationship

November 17, 2009 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Capital Hilton, 1001 16th Street NW
Washington, DC, DC 20036 United States
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A Luncheon with Dr. Sheila Smith On November 17, 2009, Sasakawa USA hosted a luncheon with Dr. Sheila Smith to discuss the possibility of relocating the Futenma Marine air station. While most Americans had never heard of Futenma, the issue of relocating the Futenma Marine air station became part of a broader discussion of the future of the US-Japan alliance. Many observers pointed to an “escalation of tension” or even a “crisis” between the United States and Japan. Lost in much of the strategic discussion, however,…

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October 2009

Myanmar/Burma: Outside Interests, Inside Challenges

October 30, 2009 @ 9:00 am - 12:15 pm
SAIS Kenney Auditorium, 1740 Massachusetts Avenue NW
Washington, DC, DC 20036 United States
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October 30, 2009, Sasakawa USA hosted an international forum looking at Myanmar/Burma in the light of recent developments internally and externally. Focused on alternative approaches to promoting political development and economic growth that might be more successful than either the engagement or the sanctions emphasized during the past 20 years.

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Can the DPJ Revive Japan’s Economy?

October 27, 2009 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Capital Hilton, 1001 16th Street NW
Washington, DC, DC 20036 United States
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October 27, 2009, Sasakawa USA hosted a lunch focusing on "What changes will the new DPJ Government bring to Japan’s economic policies, and how do its views on Japanese growth and economic equity differ from the past five decades of LDP rule?" Richard Katz, the Editor in Chief of The Oriental Economist (www.orientaleconomist.com) and one of America’s leading economic specialists on Japan, addressed the economic and business impact of the DPJ victory. Up until now, most American commentary on the new Japanese Government…

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April 2009

An Alliance of Maritime Nations: The United States and Japan

April 17, 2009 @ 8:30 am - 2:00 pm
Willard InterContinental Hotel Ballroom, 1401 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC, DC 20004 United States
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On April 17, 2009, Sasakawa USA hosted a seminar focusing on if The United States and Japan should lead efforts in the maritime realm to protect the commons, create public goods, maintain peace, and encourage prosperity. This event was the result of a dialogue project organized by the Ocean Policy Research Foundation to strengthen the U.S.-Japan alliance by focusing on areas of maritime cooperation.

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March 2009

Japan’s Grand Strategy

March 10, 2009 @ 4:00 am - 6:00 pm
The Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, Choate Room, 1779 Massachusetts Avenue, N.W.
Washington, D.C., DC 20036 United States
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March 10, 2009, Sasakawa USA hosted a program focusing on Japan's Grand Strategy.  The need for a vision that would help it to navigate the difficulties that it might face over the coming decades. In developing such a strategy, Japan would need to focus on its traditional strengths—it’s ability to adapt to changing circumstances in a well-calculated manner with a steadfast commitment to self strengthening— while embracing changing global ideas and forces. This seminar comes out of a U.S.-Japan Foundation-funded project on this topic.

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October 2008

Japan’s Foreign Policy under the New Administration

October 29, 2008 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
East-West Center in Washington, 2nd Floor Conference Room, 1819 L Street NW
Washington, D.C., DC 20036 United States
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October 29, 2008 Program hosted by Sasakawa USA and the East-West Center Featuring: Professor Akihiro Iwashita Director, Slavic Research Center, and Professor, Hokkaido University, Japan and Professor Nobumasa Akiyama Associate Professor, Graduate School of Law, Hitotsubashi University, Japan Adjunct Research Fellow, Center for the Promotion of Disarmament and Non-Proliferation, Japan Institute of International Affairs (JIIA) Japan’s recent Lower House elections propelled the Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ) to leadership, ending an almost fifty-year political domination by the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP).…

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