On March 30, 2021, Sasakawa USA, in partnership with the U.S. Association of Former Members of Congress (FMC), welcomed Representative Don Bacon (R-NE) and Representative Marc Veasey (D-TX) to discuss the Pacific security policy priorities of the 117th Congress and provide insights on how the Armed Services Committee is seeking to address these challenges. The Hon. Peter Roskam (R-IL, 2007-2019), FMC Board of Directors member, provided opening remarks and moderated the event.
Sasakawa USA welcomed Ambassador John Roos, partner and Co-Founder of Geodesic Capital and U.S. Ambassador to Japan from 2009-2013, Ms. Susie Roos, Partner and CAO at Geodesic Capital, and Ms. Suzanne Basalla, President and CEO of U.S.-Japan Council and Senior Advisor to Ambassador Roos at the U.S. Embassy Tokyo from 2010-2012 to recount their personal stories of being in Tokyo during the March 11, 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami, and in the days and months that followed. Ms. Shanti Shoji, Director of Programs at Sasakawa USA, provided opening remarks and moderated the event.
An English translation of General Ryoichi Oriki, JGSDF (Ret.) statement provided at Sasakawa USA’s recent event, Operation TOMODACHI: A Ten-Year Commemoration, where he expresses his heartfelt gratitude to the U.S. government and military for their enduring support through Operation TOMODACHI.
On March 3, JUMP hosted a virtual event in collaboration with the Embassy of Japan and Sasakawa USA. Ambassador Koji Tomita, Admiral Patrick M. Walsh, USN (Ret.), Commanders of the U.S. and Japan military divisions that led Operation TOMODACHI, General Ryoichi Oriki, JGSDF (Ret.), and Major General Hiroyuki Sugai, Defense and Air Attaché at the Embassy of Japan in Washington, D.C., delivered special remarks and reflected on the success of Operation TOMODACHI.
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.