Sasakawa Peace Foundation USA (Sasakawa USA) is pleased to announce that Admiral Katsutoshi Kawano has joined the Sasakawa USA Board of Directors. Admiral Kawano was the 5th Chief of Staff, Joint Staff, Japan Self-Defense Forces from 2014 to 2019. From 2012 to 2014, he served as Chief of Staff of the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force.
Sasakawa Peace Foundation USA (Sasakawa USA) is pleased to announce that Mr. James L. Schoff will join Sasakawa USA on October 1, 2021, as Senior Director to lead the U.S.-Japan NEXT Alliance Initiative. The U.S.-Japan NEXT Alliance Initiative is a forum for bilateral dialogue, networking, and the development of joint recommendations involving a wide range
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Kyodo News article by Sasakawa USA Fellow suggests the impact of U.S. withdrawal from the INF Treaty
Dr. Sayuri Romei, Fellow for Security and Foreign Affairs at Sasakawa USA, discussed the possible implications the U.S. withdrawal from the INF (Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces) Treaty in a February 3 Kyodo News article.
Tara Copp, Pentagon Bureau Chief for Military Times, was one of eight rising U.S. journalists covering U.S. national security and defense issues who participated in a week-long study trip to Japan in December 2018 as part of the Sasakawa USA Emerging Experts Delegation (SEED) program. Copp published “How will Japan defend itself, if it can’t get its youth to serve?” in the Military Times on January 30, 2019.
Japan’s public finances are facing an unprecedented situation in both historical and international terms. The debt to GDP ratio of general government (central and local) has exceeded 200%, an all-time high surpassing the level recorded in fiscal 1944 toward the end of World War II.
The Liberal Democratic Party and Kōmeitō announced a tax reform package for fiscal 2018 that will affect the income tax, the corporate tax, and the tax on business succession (inheritance tax) as well as establish such new taxes as a departure tax for travelers leaving Japan.