First 100 Days of the 117th Congress: Policy Priorities

On February 17, 2021, Sasakawa USA, in partnership with the U.S. Association of Former Members of Congress (FMC), welcomed The Hon. Susan Brooks (R-IN, 2013-2021), The Hon. Gil Cisneros (D-CA, 2019-2021), The Hon. Ryan Costello (R-PA, 2015-2019), and the Hon. Elizabeth Esty (D-CT, 2013-2019) to discuss current issues facing Congress including COVID-19 relief legislation, divisiveness in the U.S., climate change, and national security. Mr. Peter Weichlein, CEO of FMC, provided opening remarks and moderated the event.

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Prime Minister Suga, Muddling Through

Author: Satohiro Akimoto

Categories: Japan Political Pulse

Satohiro Akimoto, Chairman and President of Sasakawa Peace Foundation USA Prime Minister Suga’s best-case political scenario is that he will successfully suppress expansion of COVID-19, while at the same time revitalizing economic activities as quickly as possible. Additionally, he will hold the Tokyo Olympics with both Japanese and foreign spectators in attendance, as planned. Finally,

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Prime Minister Suga Faces COVID-19 Crisis and Declining Public Support

Author: Satohiro Akimoto

Categories: Japan Political Pulse

Satohiro Akimoto, Chairman and President of Sasakawa Peace Foundation USA “Prime Minister Suga is increasingly facing a tough political situation.”[1] A senior LDP politician recently described to me the rapidly changing political circumstances for Prime Minister Suga. It was just three months ago that Prime Minister Suga won the party leadership by outmaneuvering his younger

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Advancing Diversity and Inclusion During COVID-19

On October 1, 2020, Sasakawa USA was pleased to host Minister Yoko Kamikawa, recently selected to serve as the Minister of Justice for the new cabinet of Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga. In this virtual roundtable, Min. Kamikawa discussed the impact of COVID-19 on women in Japan, women’s leadership in business and politics in Japan, and how Japan can increase diversity in political leadership during COVID-19.

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Challenges posed by COVID-19: Japan, the U.S., and International Coordination

On July 30, 2020, Sasakawa USA hosted a virtual roundtable with Prof. Keizo Takemi, Member, House of Councillors the National Diet of Japan, who is a leading expert of public health in the Liberal Democratic Party. Prof. Takemi discussed his views on challenges posed by COVID-19, Japan’s experience in dealing with the crisis, and the importance of international cooperation, particularly from the viewpoint of the U.S.-Japan relationship. Prof. Michael Reich, Taro Takemi Research Professor of International Health Policy at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, then provided commentary on Prof. Takemi’s analysis.

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