Sasakawa USA will take eight American journalists to participate in the 6th iteration of the Sasakawa USA Emerging Experts Delegation (SEED) program as a group. This SEED program will be organized around the theme of “Modernization of Japan’s defense strategy and implications for the United States and the Indo-Pacific region.” The goal is to facilitate better understanding of Japan’s security and defense policies among the participants as Japan makes efforts to modernize its defense strategy and capabilities.
The program will take place December 8-15 and will be designed to expose the journalists to a variety of perspectives on this theme, and improve their understanding of Japan’s unique historical, socio-economic, and political constraints; the actual changes taking place; and implications of those changes for the U.S.-Japan alliance and regional security. Participants will also exchange views with Japanese interlocutors on the regional and global security environment as well as the domestic challenges facing the United States and Japan.
Sasakawa USA partnered with the International Center for Journalists (ICFJ) to advertise the program and to solicit applications. ICFJ is a non-profit institution working to empower journalists to deliver trustworthy news that is essential for vibrant societies by helping build the expertise and storytelling skills of reporters worldwide. Sasakwawa USA partnered with ICFJ in recognition of the importance of the role of the media in facilitating understanding between the people of the United States and Japan, and to promote unbiased and accurate reporting by American journalists on developments in Japan.
2018 SEED Participants
Tara Copp, Pentagon Bureau Chief, Military Times
Catherine Putz, Managing Editor, The Diplomat
Mackenzie Weinger, Policy Editor, National Journal
Kristina Wong, Pentagon Correspondent, Breitbart News
Robbie Gramer, Diplomacy and National Security Reporter, Foreign Policy
Alex Ward, International Security and Defense Staff Writer, Vox
Tim Mak, Political Reporter, NPR
John Hudson, National Security Reporter, Washington Post