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

The Alliance Working in Dallas, Texas

Texas’ economic relationship with Japan continues to grow. With over 400 Japanese companies operating in Texas, and more setting up shop in the Lone Star state every year, Japan has become a valuable partner for economic growth. Additionally, in 2020, Japan was Texas’ third highest import partner and source of greenfield foreign direct investment (FDI)

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The Alliance Working in Utah

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.

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Past Events

The Alliance Working in Washington: Impacts of the U.S.-Japan Relationship

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On December 1, 2020, as part of The Alliance Working in America Series, Sasakawa USA held a virtual webinar in partnership with the World Affairs Council of Seattle and World Affairs Councils of America (WACA), featuring Dr. Michael Green, Vice President for Asia and Japan Chair, CSIS; Dr. Mireya Solís, Director of the Center for East Asia Policy Studies, Brookings; and Dr. Saori Katada, professor of political science and international relations, University of Southern California.