Sasakawa USA’s Policy Briefing Series engages the Washington, D.C. policy, academic, and business communities by holding timely discussions on Japan and the U.S.-Japan alliance. The goals of the Policy Briefing Series are to foster a better understanding of the bilateral relationship and to allow candid exchange between speakers and invited guests. Discussions may be held on or off-the-record, and in general, events are by invitation-only. Recaps are posted on this page following the discussions.
Sasakawa Peace Foundation USA (Sasakawa USA) and the Japan Information & Culture Center (JICC) of the Embassy of Japan will hold the photo exhibition Recapturing Happiness: The Enduring Spirit of Ishinomaki, featuring photographs by Mr. Keisuke Hirai. This photo exhibition conveys the resilience of the human spirit in Ishinomaki following the Great East Japan Earthquake on March 11, 2011.
On Thursday, November 30, 2023, Sasakawa Peace Foundation USA (Sasakawa USA) hosted the in-person policy briefing, “Reflection on the First JSDF Deployment to Iraq.” In this event, LTG Koichiro Bansho, Japan Ground Self-Defense Force (Ret.), shared his reflection on the 20th anniversary of Japan’s first deployment of Self-Defense Force (SDF) to Iraq.
On Thursday, August 31, 2023, Sasakawa Peace Foundation USA (Sasakawa USA) hosted the virtual policy briefing, “Returning of ‘Yosegaki Hinomaru’ to Where They Belong.” In this event, Mr. Rex Ziak, co-founder of the OBON SOCIETY, shared his insight on the return of the “Yosegaki Hinomaru” flag to bereaved families in Japan and the significance of the return for both the U.S. and Japan.
On Wednesday, August 30, 2023, Sasakawa Peace Foundation USA (Sasakawa USA) hosted the virtual policy briefing, “Forging a New Path for U.S.-Japan Collaboration on Women, Peace and Security,” featuring remarks by Ms. Sahana Dharmapuri, Director at Our Secure Future, and Ms. Shanti Shoji, Director of Programs at Sasakawa Peace Foundation USA.
On April 14, 2023, Sasakawa Peace Foundation USA (Sasakawa USA) hosted the virtual policy briefing, “Changing Dynamics in Japan's Refugee Policy.” In this event, Dr. Saburo Takizawa, professor emeritus at Toyo Eiwa University, former UNHCR representative in Japan, and vice president of CARE International Japan, shared his analysis of ongoing changes in Japan’s refugee policy, including the a...
On September 15, Sasakawa Peace Foundation USA hosted a virtual policy briefing, The U.S.-Japan Pandemic Preparedness Cooperation. In this event Dr. Matthew Donahue, Ms. Catherine Evans, and Ms. Natalie de Graaf provided their takeaways from their recent study trip to Japan and their perspectives of future U.S.-Japan collaboration on pandemic preparedness.