The U.S.- Japan alliance plays a clear and vital role in the Asia-Pacific region to defend the interests and values of the United States and its allies. This alliance has also served as a foundation for strengthening other areas of U.S.-Japan relations to protect U.S. economic and energy interests, among others, which in turn has enhanced and supported the security alliance as well as U.S. global leadership.
Engaging the Washington, D.C. community alone, however, is not enough to ensure strong American support for U.S.-Japan relations. Based on this recognition, Sasakawa USA launched The Alliance Working in America (TAWA) series to reach out to regional leaders and influencers in U.S. cities outside of Washington, D.C. on the importance of the U.S.-Japan alliance to U.S. interests, both at the regional and national levels.
Date: March 1-2, 2018
Sasakawa USA held its second installment in the TAWA series March 1-2 in Portland, Oregon. As of 2016, there are approximately 150 Japanese companies in Oregon in the manufacturing, services, transportation, and commercial sectors. Over 20 sister city relationships have been formed between Oregon and Japan, and the cultural ties between these two regions have culminated in a recent $33.5 million expansion of the Portland Japanese Garden in 2017. In recent years, Portland has also become of the most popular cities with Japanese visitors.
Sasakawa USA lead a delegation of foreign policy and trade experts from Washington D.C. to participate in a number of events in partnership with local organizations. A public event, “U.S.-Japan Relations in Portland, Oregon: Impact on Trade, Economy and Community” took place March 1, co-sponsored by WorldOregon and in partnership with the East-West Center in Washington and Japan-America Society of Oregon.
Date: September 13-14, 2017
To increase understanding and interest in U.S.-Japan relations at the regional and local levels, Sasakawa USA held its inaugural TAWA events in September 2017 in Houston, Texas. As the fourth most populous city in the United States and sister city to Chiba, Houston serves as a nexus for Japan in the energy, aerospace, and medical fields.
Sasakawa USA led a delegation of foreign policy and energy experts from Washington, D.C. to Houston, and organized several events in partnership with local organizations to engage local leaders, media, businesses and students on U.S.-Japan relations. The public event, The U.S.-Japan Partnership on Energy, Business, and the Challenges of China and North Korea, drew a large crowd of more than 400 people, and helped generate greater awareness of the importance of U.S.-Japan relations to Houston, Texas, and the United States among current and future leaders. Read the recap and view photos and video from these events.