Past Events

“Rekishi no Kyokun” Author Talk with Prof. Nobukatsu Kanehara

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On August 26, 2020, Sasakawa USA welcomed Prof. Nobukatsu Kanehara, Faculty of Law Department of Political Science at Doshisha University, to discuss his new book, Rekishi no Kyokun, a historical analysis of Japan’s foreign policy. Through his talk, Prof. Kanehara explained to participants how various failures in Japan’s past led to Japanese strategies of the present.

Challenges posed by COVID-19: Japan, the U.S., and International Coordination

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On July 30, 2020, Sasakawa USA hosted a virtual roundtable with Prof. Keizo Takemi, Member, House of Councillors the National Diet of Japan, who is a leading expert of public health in the Liberal Democratic Party. Prof. Takemi discussed his views on challenges posed by COVID-19, Japan’s experience in dealing with the crisis, and the importance of international cooperation, particularly from the viewpoint of the U.S.-Japan relationship. Prof. Michael Reich, Taro Takemi Research Professor of International Health Policy at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, then provided commentary on Prof. Takemi’s analysis.

New Force Design for the Marine Corps and its Implications to the U.S-Japan Alliance

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On July 9, 2020, Sasakawa USA held a virtual meeting to analyze General Berger’s new strategic vision and its implication to the U.S. Japan alliance in the Asia Pacific theater. The event began with a presentation by LtGen Wallace “Chip” Gregson, USMC (Ret.) who described the nature of the major strategic changes to the Marine Corps, its implications for the U.S.-Japan Alliance, and what needs to be done to achieve these goals from his perspective. His presentation was followed with commentary by LtGen Lawrence Nicholson, USMC (Ret.) and LtGen Koichiro Bansho, JGSDF (Ret.).

Tabletop Exercise (TTX) Pacific Trident III: Invitation-Only Briefing

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On June 16, 2020, Sasakawa Peace Foundation USA welcomed four distinguished panelists to discuss the findings and recommendations of Sasakawa USA’s unclassified Tabletop Exercise (TTX) Pacific Trident III. The four panelists were Admiral Dennis Blair, USN (Ret.), Rear Admiral Michael McDevitt (Ret.), Ms. Kelly Magsamen, and Nr. Nobukatsu Kanehara. This talk was presented through Sasakawa USA’s Policy Briefing Series and held virtually via Zoom.

U.S.-Japan Relations on the Hill: New Co-Chair of Congressional Study Group on Japan

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On May 26, 2020, Sasakawa Peace Foundation USA (Sasakawa USA) and the U.S. Association of Former Members of Congress (FMC) welcomed Representative Larry Bucshon M.D. (R-IN) to provide his views of the U.S.-Japan relationship, geopolitics, economics, trade and COVID-19; his experience with the Congressional Study Group on Japan; and a brief forecast on the upcoming elections.