Sasakawa USA welcomes experts on energy, defense

September 8, 2016

Phyllis Yoshida-sq Tokuchi

Sasakawa USA is pleased to welcome to its team of U.S.-Japan experts Dr. Phyllis Yoshida and Mr. Hideshi Tokuchi, whose combined experience on energy and defense issues spans more than 65 years.

Dr. Yoshida, who joins Sasakawa USA as Fellow for Energy and Technology, will be working on projects focused on fostering U.S.-Japan cooperation in energy, science, and technology policies. Mr. Tokuchi joins Sasakawa USA as a Non-Resident Distinguished Fellow following a 36-year career of service to the government of Japan, most recently as the nation’s first Vice-Minister of Defense for International Affairs.

“Dr. Yoshida and Mr. Tokuchi each bring a wealth of experience that will be invaluable as they contribute to helping Sasakawa USA continue to develop programs in the vital areas of energy and security,” said Adm. Dennis Blair, Sasakawa USA’s Chairman and CEO. “Energy remains a key area in which both the U.S. and Japan can benefit from bilateral cooperation, which Dr. Yoshida will help foster through upcoming programs that explore topics such as smart grids and cyber security, the changing liquefied natural gas market, and climate change. Meanwhile, Mr. Tokuchi, with first-hand experience working on Japanese defense policies, will help Sasakawa USA support even greater U.S.-Japan cooperation in the security area. We are excited to welcome them both to the team.”

Prior to joining Sasakawa, Dr. Yoshida served as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Asia, Europe, and the Americas at the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), coordinating bilateral relationships and serving as the Lead Shepherd of APEC’s Energy Working Group. She also served as DOE’s Director of the FreedomCAR and Fuel Partnership, a government-industry cooperative research partnership. She received her B.A. from Carleton College, and M.A. and Ph.D. from the George Washington University. View her staff biography and areas of expertise here.

“I look forward to raising awareness of the important role that energy, and the technology behind it, plays in the U.S.-Japan relationship and how we can partner to leverage our knowledge to support our global partners,” Dr. Yoshida said. “Sasakawa USA is in an excellent position to further that goal.”

As for Mr. Tokuchi, during most of his service, he focused on Japan-U.S. defense cooperation, security-related legislation, defense buildup programs, and operations of the Japanese Defense Forces. He participated in the development and review of both the Guidelines for Japan-U.S. Defense Cooperation and the National Defense Program Guidelines. He also worked on security-related legislation, including the Peace-Keeping Operations Law dealing with contingencies, the Counter-Piracy Law, and most recently the new security legislation implementing Japan’s new interpretation of its Constitution on collective self-defense. View his staff biography and areas of expertise here.

“I am very much honored to be a part of Sasakawa USA community,” Tokuchi said. “In this capacity, I would like to contribute to better understanding of the bilateral alliance relationship among the American, Japanese, and Asian publics.”

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