The U.S.-Japan Alliance Working in Kentucky — Panel and Sake Tasting

On March 6, 2019, Sasakawa USA co-hosted a public panel discussion, “The U.S.-Japan Alliance Working in Kentucky,” with the World Affairs Council of Kentucky and Southern Indiana and the World Affairs Councils of America in partnership with the East-West Center in Washington and Japan-America Society of KentuckyThe panel, held in Louisville, Kentucky, examined important developments in today’s Japan with implications for U.S.-Japan relations, the depth and breadth of Japan-Kentucky ties, and the impact of Japanese business investments in Kentucky.

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Security Threats in the Western Pacific: A Former III MEF Commander’s Perspective

On February 13, 2019, Sasakawa USA hosted LtGen Lawrence Nicholson (USMC, ret.), former Commander of the III Marine Expeditionary Force (2015-2018), for a Policy Lunch Series event on “Security Threats in the Western Pacific: A Former III MEF Commander’s Perspective.” Chris Rodeman, Research Fellow at Sasakawa USA, moderated the discussion.

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U.S.-Japan Town Hall: Trends in People-to-People Ties and Educational Initiatives

Author: Meg Bittle

Categories: Sasakawa USA Blog

On January 29, 2019, Sasakawa USA and the U.S. Japan Exchange & Teaching Programme Alumni Association (USJETAA) co-hosted an inaugural hybrid U.S.-Japan town hall, with in-person and virtual attendees. This event, U.S.-Japan Town Hall: Trends in People-to-People Exchanges and Educational Initiatives was held at Florida International University (FIU) in Washington D.C.  Dr. Sheila Smith, Senior Fellow for Japan Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations, and James “Jim” Gannon, Executive Director of the Japan Center for International Exchange, discussed trends in people-to-people exchange between the United States in Japan. They also introduced recent educational initiatives and programs cultivating the next generation of leaders in U.S.-Japan relations.

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Chairman’s Message: What Japan’s Third National Defense Program Guidelines Should Have Said

Author: Admiral Dennis Blair

Categories: Chairman's Message, Sasakawa USA Blog

Although there are many positive features of the NDPG, they are inadequate in the very important area of achieving joint operations by the Self Defense Force. NDPG documents are always the tip of an iceberg, indicating the presence of much more substance unseen below the water line. However even tips of icebergs indicate overall direction and speed. The 2019 NDPG show a positive direction for Japanese joint capabilities, but the speed is disappointingly slow, much too slow for the security environment that the document itself accurately describes.

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