On October 26, 2020, Sasakawa USA welcomed Dr. Gerald Curtis, Burgess Professor Emeritus at Columbia University, for a virtual roundtable. Dr. Curtis discussed recent political developments in Japan with a focus on Prime Minister Suga and his new administration. In addition to reviewing Prime Minister Suga’s first month in office, Dr. Curtis assessed what major challenges await the Suga administration and shared his insights on the future of U.S.-Japan relations.
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.
On September 15, 2020, Sasakawa USA welcomed Dr. Tomohiko Taniguchi, former Special Advisor to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s Cabinet, to discuss the accomplishments of Prime Minister Abe, highlighting both his domestic and international political agenda achievement. This virtual event was concluded with a robust Q&A discussion moderated by Dr. Satohiro Akimoto, Chairman and President of Sasakawa USA.
On August 26, 2020, Sasakawa USA welcomed Prof. Nobukatsu Kanehara, Faculty of Law Department of Political Science at Doshisha University, to discuss his new book, Rekishi no Kyokun, a historical analysis of Japan’s foreign policy. Through his talk, Prof. Kanehara explained to participants how various failures in Japan’s past led to Japanese strategies of the present.
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.