Public Forums

Sasakawa USA’s Public Outreach Program aims to engage more Americans across the United States on issues pertinent to U.S.-Japan relations and improve their understanding of U.S.-Japan relations. The program focuses on three main areas: the Public Speaker Series, Public Outreach outside of Washington, and Public Outreach through Culture and Arts.

Both the Public Speaker Series and Public Outreach outside of Washington programs feature an influential American or Japanese speaker who presents on a timely topic of relevance to U.S.-Japan relations and engages in discussion with participants. Public Outreach through Culture and Arts promotes public discussions on the U.S.-Japan relationship through events tied to cultural celebrations and arts, such as film.

Public Forums and Outreach

Views of Japan Series

Sasakawa USA’s Views of Japan series offers perspectives about Japan’s foreign policy throughout the world, providing opportunities to discuss the impact of Japan’s engagement in with leaders from various regions. Through this series, Sasakawa USA aims to engage both global and American citizens on timely issues pertinent to U.S.-Japan relations in a specific regional or sub-regional context, as well as to enhance understanding of U.S.-Japan relations.

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The Alliance Working in America Series

The Alliance Working in America (TAWA) series focuses on how the U.S.-Japan alliance and partnerships can better work together to secure U.S. security interests, including economic security, at both regional and national levels. Sasakawa USA launched this new outreach series in September 2017 with its first set of events in Houston, Texas.

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Upcoming Events

The U.S.-Japan Alliance Working in Kentucky — Panel and Sake Tasting

On March 6, 2019, Sasakawa USA will co-host 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 KentuckyThe panel, held in Louisville, Kentucky, will examine important developments in today’s Japan with implications for U.S.-Japan relations, the depth and breadth of Japan-Kentucky ties, and the impact of Japanese business investments in Kentucky.

Japan-Kentucky Collaboration: Developing the Bluegrass Workforce and Economy

On March 7, 2019, Sasakawa USA, the Consulate-General of Japan in Nashville, the World Affairs Council of Kentucky and Southern Indiana, and the World Affairs Councils of America will co-sponsor “Japan-Kentucky Collaboration: Developing the Bluegrass Workforce and Economy.” This panel discussion, held at the Hyatt Regency Lexington, will be presented in partnership with World Trade Center Kentucky and Japan-America Society of Kentucky.

Past Events

Investing in Georgia’s Workforce: A U.S.-Japan Dialogue

On September 6, Sasakawa USA, the U.S. Department of State, the Consulate General of Japan in Atlanta, and the Georgia Institute of Technology co-hosted a luncheon panel discussion at Atlanta’s Historic Academy of Medicine to explore how Japanese and U.S. firms, state and local authorities, and educational institutions can work together to train and develop Georgia’s workforce. Panelists addressed Georgia’s future workforce needs, approaches to workforce development, and opportunities for stakeholder collaboration.

Japan & Georgia, Growing Together

On September 5, the World Affairs Council of Atlanta partnered with Sasakawa USA and the East-West Center in Washington to host a luncheon at The Commerce Club in Atlanta, Georgia. Speakers for “Japan & Georgia, Growing Together” included Admiral Dennis Blair, Chairman, Sasakawa USA; Ambassador Charles Shapiro, President, World Affairs Council; Ambassador James Zumwalt, CEO, Sasakawa USA; Dr. Satu Limaye, Director, East-West Center; and Jim Reed, President, YKK Corporation of America.


Kazuyo Kato
Director for Programs
and Administration



Joy Champaloux
Program Officer