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February 2024

Operationalizing the Emerging U.S.-Japan-Philippines Triangle

February 14, 2024 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

On February 14, 2024, Sasakawa Peace Foundation USA (Sasakawa USA) hosted the in-person policy briefing, “Operationalizing the Emerging U.S.-Japan-Philippines Triangle,” featuring Mr. Brian Harding, senior expert at the U.S. Institute of Peace. Mr. Harding summarized the key points from his research trip report as part of Sasakawa USA’s U.S.-Japan Research Exchange program.

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January 2024

‘Recapturing Happiness: The Enduring Spirit of Ishinomaki’ Photo Exhibit

January 31, 2024 - March 13, 2024
JICC, 1150 18th St NW #100
Washington, DC 20036 United States
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Sasakawa Peace Foundation USA (Sasakawa USA) and the Japan Information & Culture Center (JICC) of the Embassy of Japan will hold the photo exhibition Recapturing Happiness: The Enduring Spirit of Ishinomaki, featuring photographs by Mr. Keisuke Hirai. This photo exhibition conveys the resilience of the human spirit in Ishinomaki following the Great East Japan Earthquake on March 11, 2011.

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November 2023

Reflection on the First JSDF Deployment to Iraq

November 30, 2023 @ 9:00 am - 10:15 am

On Thursday, November 30, 2023, Sasakawa Peace Foundation USA (Sasakawa USA) hosted the in-person policy briefing, “Reflection on the First JSDF Deployment to Iraq.” In this event, LTG Koichiro Bansho, Japan Ground Self-Defense Force (Ret.), shared his reflection on the 20th anniversary of Japan’s first deployment of Self-Defense Force (SDF) to Iraq.

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August 2023

Returning of Yosegaki Hinomaru to Where They Belong

August 31, 2023 @ 9:00 am - 10:15 am

On Thursday, August 31, 2023, Sasakawa Peace Foundation USA (Sasakawa USA) hosted the virtual policy briefing, “Returning of ‘Yosegaki Hinomaru’ to Where They Belong.” In this event, Mr. Rex Ziak, co-founder of the OBON SOCIETY, shared his insight on the return of the “Yosegaki Hinomaru” flag to bereaved families in Japan and the significance of the return for both the U.S. and Japan.

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Forging a New Path for U.S.-Japan Collaboration on Women, Peace and Security (WPS)

August 30, 2023 @ 9:00 am - 10:15 am

On Wednesday, August 30, 2023, Sasakawa Peace Foundation USA (Sasakawa USA) hosted the virtual policy briefing, “Forging a New Path for U.S.-Japan Collaboration on Women, Peace and Security,” featuring remarks by Ms. Sahana Dharmapuri, Director at Our Secure Future, and Ms. Shanti Shoji, Director of Programs at Sasakawa Peace Foundation USA.

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April 2023

Changing Dynamics in Japan’s Refugee Policy

April 14, 2023 @ 9:00 am - 10:15 am

On April 14, 2023, Sasakawa Peace Foundation USA (Sasakawa USA) hosted the virtual policy briefing, “Changing Dynamics in Japan's Refugee Policy.” In this event, Dr. Saburo Takizawa, professor emeritus at Toyo Eiwa University, former UNHCR representative in Japan, and vice president of CARE International Japan, shared his analysis of ongoing changes in Japan’s refugee policy, including the acceptance of evacuees from Ukraine, the complementary protective status granted to people from Myanmar, current legislation before the Diet to reform Japan’s asylum system, and Japan’s role in international support for refugee resettlement.

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September 2022

The U.S.-Japan Pandemic Preparedness Cooperation

September 15, 2022 @ 9:00 am - 10:15 am

On September 15, Sasakawa Peace Foundation USA hosted a virtual policy briefing, The U.S.-Japan Pandemic Preparedness Cooperation. In this event Dr. Matthew Donahue, Ms. Catherine Evans, and Ms. Natalie de Graaf provided their takeaways from their recent study trip to Japan and their perspectives of future U.S.-Japan collaboration on pandemic preparedness.

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June 2022

Key Takeaways from President Biden’s Trip to Japan

June 28, 2022 @ 9:00 am - 10:15 am

Ms. Katherine Monahan, Director, Office of Japanese Affairs, DOS, discussed challenges & opportunities that lay ahead for the U.S. and Japan following President Biden’s visit to Japan.

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The Evolution of U.S.-China Relations Under President Biden

June 23, 2022 @ 8:00 am - 9:15 am

June 23, 2022, Sasakawa USA hosted the virtual policy briefing, “The Evolution of U.S.-China Relations Under President Biden.” In this event, Mr. Demetri Sevastopulo, U.S.-China Correspondent at The Financial Times, shared his assessment of how the U.S.-China relationship has evolved under President Biden’s leadership.

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April 2022

The State of the Indo-Pacific Region and the U.S.-Japan Alliance, featuring ADM Philip Davidson

April 22, 2022 @ 9:00 am - 10:15 pm

On April 21, 2022, Sasakawa USA hosted the virtual policy briefing, “The State of the Indo-Pacific Region and the U.S.-Japan Alliance,” featuring ADM Philip Davidson (U.S. Navy, Ret.), who served as the 25th Commander of the U.S. Indo-Pacific Command (USINDOPACOM).

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February 2022

The EU’s Strategy for Indo-Pacific Engagement

February 22, 2022 @ 9:00 am - 10:00 am

On February 28, 2022, Sasakawa USA hosted the virtual policy briefing, “The EU’s Strategy for Indo-Pacific Engagement,” featuring Mr. George Cunningham, former Strategic Adviser, Asia-Pacific Department, the European External Action Service.

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January 2022

Requirements for Crafting Japan’s New National Security Strategy

January 27, 2022 @ 9:00 am - 10:30 am

On January 27, 2022, Sasakawa USA hosted the virtual event, “Requirements for Crafting Japan’s New National Security Strategy,” featuring Lieutenant General Koichi Isobe, JGSDF (Ret.), 37th Commander of the Eastern Army (2013-2015).

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