Sasakawa USA Women’s Advancement Network (SWAN)


The Sasakawa USA Women’s Advancement Network (SWAN) advances the work of mid-to-senior-level female leaders who are contributing to strengthening the U.S.-Japan alliance through their work in government, think tanks, media, academia, grassroots organizations, and the private sector. To accomplish this, SWAN facilitates dialogue on timely issues, cultivates opportunities for collaboration, and builds an empowered community of interconnected women.

SWAN convenes in-person roundtable discussions, symposia, and exchanges featuring leaders who are addressing current and future opportunities and challenges faced by the United States and Japan in areas such as security, diplomacy, trade, technology, and social innovation. SWAN programming provides a venue for substantive discussion on current global affairs while also creating opportunities for networking and exploring opportunities for future collaboration.

Past SWAN discussion topics have included:

  • Supporting and promoting women’s contributions to U.S.-Japan relations
  • Japanese domestic politics in the context of economic security challenges
  • Promoting women’s leadership in trade in the Indo-Pacific region
  • Integrating the Women, Peace & Security (WPS) agenda into U.S.-Japan alliance coordination

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Shoji and Solis

Ms. Shanti Shoji, Director of Programs,

Upcoming Events

There are no upcoming events at this time.

Past Events

December 12, 2023 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Woman-Led Innovation in the Workplace: How One Woman Instituted the “Cool Japan” Campaign for the Government of Japan

On December 12, Sasakawa USA convened a SWAN discussion featuring remarks by Ms. Mika Takagi, Director General of the Washington, D.C. office of the New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO). In this event, Ms. Takagi shared insights on how emerging women leaders can spark innovation and effect change within large institutions.

October 30, 2023 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Women, Peace and Security: A New Path for U.S.-Japan Collaboration

On October 30, Sasakawa USA hosted the roundtable, “Women, Peace and Security: A New Path for U.S.-Japan Collaboration,” featuring remarks by Ms. Erin Cooper, acting director for international humanitarian policy at the Department of Defense, and Ms. Shanti Shoji, director of programs at Sasakawa USA. In this event, Ms. Shoji and Ms. Cooper provided an overview of WPS and explained its core pr...

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