Sasakawa USA staff were on the Hill this week for several briefings and meetings with Congress.
Sasakawa USA Chairman Admiral Dennis Blair testified about potential Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) reforms before the House Committee on Financial Services on January 9. Admiral Blair spoke in his capacity as co-chair of the Commission on the Theft of American Intellectual Property. The text of his testimony is available online. A video is available online. (Admiral Blair begins his opening remarks at 48:24.)
On January 10, Admiral Blair, with Sasakawa USA CEO Ambassador James Zumwalt, Sasakawa Senior Fellow Dan Bob, and Sasakawa USA Congressional Relations Manager Christopher Dockrey briefed a bipartisan group of 16 Congressional staff on North Korea. Admiral Blair focused on the challenges facing the United States and explained the risks of various military options. Ambassador Zumwalt spoke on the U.S.-Japan security alliance and the importance of the United States working with its regional allies Japan and Korea to deter North Korean provocations.
Also on January 10, Ambassador Zumwalt and Christopher Dockrey met with Congressman Chuck Fleischmann of Tennessee to discuss U.S.-Japan relations. They discussed Japanese corporate investment in Tennessee, U.S.-Japan civil nuclear energy cooperation, and the value of strong U.S.-Japan alliance relations in confronting North Korea.