U.S.-Japan Regional Alliance Series

Overview

Sasakawa USA’s U.S.-Japan Regional Alliance Series, launched in 2022, was built from The Alliance Working in America (TAWA) program, which connected regional leaders and influencers across the United States to discuss the impact of the U.S.-Japan alliance on U.S. security and economic interests on both national and regional levels. The newly designed series partners with universities with Japan and Asia study programs and engages Japan scholars and the surrounding campus community in high-level dialogue on U.S.-Japan strategic alliance issues. Each series features U.S.-Japan alliance experts from D.C., Japan, and the local community.

Past programs have partnered with entities such as national and regional World Affairs Councils of America, universities such as Spelman College and Willamette University, and the Japan Institute at Portland Japanese Garden. Past iterations of the program have been held in the following locations: Huntsville, AL; Atlanta, GA; Louisville and Lexington, KY; Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN; Portland, OR; Dallas-Fort Worth and Houston, TX; Salt Lake City, UT; and Seattle, WA.

Past Programs

The Alliance Working in Tennessee

The Alliance Working in Tennessee

Date: March 1, 2023

Sasakawa USA partnered with the Howard H. Baker Jr. Center at the University of Tennessee Knoxville for the March 1, 2023, U.S.-Japan Security Alliance Series Program, “The U.S.-Japan Security Alliance and Economic Relations at Work in Tennessee.” The symposium featured two panel discussions and one in-depth conversation with experts from Japan, Washington, D.C., and the local community on U.S.-Japan security and economic relations.

The Alliance Working in Portland

The Alliance Working in Portland

Date: July 19, 2022

Sasakawa USA partnered with the Portland Japanese Garden’s newly launched Japan Institute to host the latest installment of its TAWA series, “The Alliance Working in America: Forum for Reimagining the Oregon-Japan Alliance (TAWA PDX 2022).” The program was convened on the Garden’s grounds on July 19, 2022 and featured two panel discussions on opportunities for increased U.S.-Japan cooperation in trade, innovation, and creative enterprises in Portland and the Pacific Northwest.

The Alliance Working in Alabama

The Alliance Working in Alabama

Date: April 26, 2022

Japanese economic investments in Alabama continue to play a pivotal role in moving Alabama forward. With over 174 Japanese owned or affiliated firms already in Alabama, Japanese companies are continuing to invest in Alabama.

The Alliance Working in Dallas, Texas

The Alliance Working in Dallas, Texas

Date: November 30, 2021

As Texas continues to be the destination for Japanese businesses to establish their headquarters, Sasakawa USA traveled to the greater Dallas area between November 29 to December 1, 2021, to hold a public panel discussion on the importance of the U.S.-Japan relationship on U.S. and Texas economic interests and the opportunities for increased Japanese investment in the “Lone Star” State.

The Alliance Working in Utah

The Alliance Working in Utah

Date: March 10-11, 2020

Sasakawa USA held its sixth iteration of The Alliance Working in America (TAWA) program in Salt Lake City and Orem, Utah on March 10-11, 2020. Sasakawa USA took a group of experts on international security and trade to provide both U.S. and Japanese perspectives on the importance of the U.S.-Japan alliance for Utah, as well as the opportunities for further Japanese investment in The Beehive State. These experts were featured alongside local and regional thought leaders over a series of public events. Events and activities were co-sponsored and/or in partnership with the Utah Council for Citizen Diplomacy, Utah Valley University’s Office of Global Engagement, the Consulate General of Japan in Denver, World Trade Center Utah, and the World Affairs Councils of America.

The Alliance Working in Minnesota

The Alliance Working in Minnesota

Date: September 17-18, 2019

To discuss the positive impact and benefits of U.S.-Japan relations to Minnesota and the United States-at-large, Sasakawa USA held its The Alliance Working in America (TAWA) program in Minneapolis-St. Paul on September 17-18, 2019. Sasakawa USA took a group of policy experts on trade, economy, and security and foreign affairs in Washington, D.C. to Minneapolis-St. Paul, and co-sponsored a series of events and activities with Global Minnesota and the World Affairs Councils of America (WACA), and in partnership with other local institutions.

Highlights of the co-sponsored events included a public forum, “Global Conversations MINNEAPOLIS: The U.S.-Japan Alliance in an Evolving Indo-Pacific”, a “Doing Business in Japan in Turbulent Times” discussion with U.S. business executives presented in partnership with Dorsey & Whitney LLP, KPMG and the Minnesota Trade Office, and another public event explaining why Japan Matters for America and Minnesota. There were also private discussions and networking with Japanese business representatives, the U.S. Naval Academy Alumni Association Upper Midwest Chapter, and the JET alumni in the region (in partnership with the Japan-America Society of Minnesota).

The Alliance Working in Kentucky

The Alliance Working in Kentucky

Date: March 5-7, 2019

Sasakawa USA underlined the importance of the Kentucky-Japan relationship by taking a delegation of experts from Washington, D.C. to Kentucky from March 5-7 as part of its fourth installment of The Alliance Working in America (TAWA) program. The delegation visited Louisville and Lexington to highlight the impact of the U.S.-Japan relationship in the U.S. and Kentucky as well as Japan-Kentucky collaboration in developing the Bluegrass state’s workforce.

On March 6, Sasakawa USA co-hosted a public panel discussion, “The U.S.-Japan Alliance Working in Kentucky,” with the World Affairs Council of Kentucky and Southern Indiana and the World Affairs Councils of America in partnership with the East-West Center in Washington and Japan-America Society of Kentucky. On March 7, Sasakawa USA, the Consulate-General of Japan in Nashville, and the World Affairs Council of Kentucky and Southern Indiana, co-sponsored “Japan-Kentucky Collaboration: Developing the Bluegrass Workforce and Economy.”

As on previous TAWA programs, Sasakawa USA partnered with local universities, businesses, and Japan-related organizations for events and activities.

The Alliance Working in Atlanta

The Alliance Working in Atlanta

Date: September 4-7, 2018

The third The Alliance Working in America (TAWA) program was held in Atlanta, GA, September 4-7. The TAWA program in Atlanta included a public panel discussion on September 5 with the World Affairs Council of Atlanta, “Japan and Georgia, Growing Together,” which discussed the benefits of U.S.-Japan relations to the United States and the state of Georgia. Sasakawa USA also co-hosted a public event on September 6 with the U.S. Department of State and the Japanese Consulate-General of Atlanta, “Investing in Georgia’s Workforce: A U.S.-Japan Dialogue,” explored with local stakeholders how local governments, Japanese and U.S. companies, and educational institutions can work together to prepare Georgia’s future workforce.

Sasakawa USA also organized additional events and activities around these events to reach out to local universities, media, and Japan-related organizations on the importance of U.S.-Japan relations.

The Alliance Working in Oregon

The Alliance Working in Oregon

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.

The Alliance Working in Houston, Texas

The Alliance Working in Houston, Texas

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.

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