Networking & Presentations is to facilitate meetings between Japanese and American leaders in the D.C. policy community for timely discussions of relevant issues in U.S.-Japan relations. It also serves to strengthen the U.S.-Japan alliance in the long-term by creating opportunities for leaders from both countries to build networks, and discover areas of common interest.
On November 29, Sasakawa USA welcomed LTG Koichiro Bansho, 35th Commanding General, Western Army, JGSDF (Retired) to reflect on the JSDF’s first deployment to Iraq, as well as to discuss potential new roles and responsibilities for the JSDF to strengthen the U.S.-Japan alliance.
On November 27, Sasakawa USA welcomed LTG Koichiro Bansho, 35th Commanding General, Western Army, (JGSDF, Ret.) to the National War College to speak with students about his experience in Iraq, as well as his thoughts on Taiwan.
On October 26, Sasakawa USA welcomed LTG Koichi Isobe, former 37th commander of the Eastern Army (2013-2015), JGSDF (Retired), and current senior advisor for Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Ltd., to discuss the geopolitical landscape of Northeast Asia and the U.S.-Japan alliance.
On July 12, Sasakawa USA welcomed Major General Hiroyuki Sugai (JASDF), defense and air attaché at the Embassy of Japan in the United States of America, to discuss the advancements that the U.S.-Japan security alliance has made during his three years in Washington, as well as what the two allies can do to further strengthen the alliance to effectively meet challenges and threats in the Indo-Pacif...
On May 23, Sasakawa USA welcomed Mr. Takehiko Nakao, chairman of the Institute at Mizuho Research & Technologies, Ltd. and former president of the Asian Development Bank , for a lunch event where he discussed geo-economic challenges in the Indo-Pacific region.
On April 19, Sasakawa USA welcomed Min. Motosada Matano, head of the political affairs at the Embassy of Japan in the United States of America, to discuss developments in Japan’s security and defense policies, as well as in the international security landscape.
On October 4, Sasakawa USA welcomed ADM Tomohisa Takei (JMSDF, Ret.), who served as the 32nd Chief of Staff for the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force, to discuss how global threats to liberal international order, specifically from Russia and China, will affect the future of Japanese and U.S. strategic planning.
On September 19, Sasakawa USA welcomed Mr. Yoshihisa Komori, Associate Correspondent in Washington with the Sankei Shimbun and Advisor to the Japan Forum for Strategic Studies, to discuss Japan’s security concerns arising from increasingly aggressive Chinese behavior.
On September 14, Sasakawa USA hosted a roundtable luncheon to showcase the research and trip findings of Mr. Brent Sadler, Senior Research Fellow for Naval Warfare and Advanced Technology at The Heritage Foundation, who traveled to Japan in July on Sasakawa USA’s In-Depth Research Trip.
On May 11, Sasakawa USA welcomed VADM Tomohiko Madono, President of the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force Command and Staff College, to discuss his research on the history of the rise and fall of Chinese dynasties.
On May 6, Sasakawa USA hosted the breakfast roundtable “Japanese Politics in a New International Context,” featuring remarks by The Hon. Taku Otsuka, Member of the House of Representatives of Japan and Chair of the Standing Committee on National Security; and Prof. Nobukatsu Kanehara of Doshisha University and former Assistant Chief Cabinet Secretary to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.
On March 23, Sasakawa USA hosted the in-person lunch dialogue “Promoting Women’s Contributions to U.S.-Japan Relations,” facilitating insights on how women leaders can better collaborate, connect, and support one another’s work.