On February 18, Sasakawa USA host an online event on current affairs in Myanmar with Dr. David I. Steinberg, Distinguished Professor of Asian Studies Emeritus at Georgetown University, Min. Shinichi Iida, Minister of Political Affairs at the Embassy of Japan in Washington, D.C., and Amb. Derek Mitchell, President of the National Democratic Institute and Former U.S. Ambassador to Myanmar.
On February 17, 2021, Sasakawa USA, in partnership with the U.S. Association of Former Members of Congress (FMC), welcomed The Hon. Susan Brooks (R-IN, 2013-2021), The Hon. Gil Cisneros (D-CA, 2019-2021), The Hon. Ryan Costello (R-PA, 2015-2019), and the Hon. Elizabeth Esty (D-CT, 2013-2019) to discuss current issues facing Congress including COVID-19 relief legislation, divisiveness in the U.S., climate change, and national security. Mr. Peter Weichlein, CEO of FMC, provided opening remarks and moderated the event.
On February 2, 2021, Sasakawa USA hosted a memorial paying tribute to Dr. Ezra Vogel, an eminent scholar of Japan and China who passed away on December 20, 2020. This remembrance brought together Dr. Steven K. Vogel, Chair of the Political Economy Program at the University of California, Berkeley, Mr. Glen S. Fukushima, Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress, and Dr. Joseph S. Nye, Jr., University Distinguished Service Professor, Emeritus at Harvard University to share their personal experiences with the late scholar.
On January 26, 2021, Sasakawa USA was pleased to host an online event on the U.S.-Japan alliance with Rear Admiral James Kelly, USN (Ret.), Former Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Japan, and Dr. Takako Hikotani, the Gerald L. Curtis Associate Professor of Modern Japanese Politics and Foreign Policy at Columbia University.
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.