On November 10, Sasakawa USA hosted the virtual event, “2021 ASEAN Summit: U.S. Policy Toward Asia.” This event featured Ambassador David Shear, former U.S. Ambassador to Vietnam (2011-2014), for a discussion on the 2021 ASEAN and East Asia Summit, both of which took place in October.
On November 2, Sasakawa USA hosted the virtual event, “Taiwan Crisis and Japan’s Strategy,” featuring LTG Koichiro Bansho, JGSDF (Ret.), former Commander of the Western Army of Japan from 2013-2015, for a discussion on Japan’s perspective on the expectations and roles of the United States and Japan in a Taiwan contingency. General Chip Gregson, USMC (Ret.) provided a brief commentary from the American perspective.
On October 20, Sasakawa USA hosted the virtual event, 2021 ASEAN Summit: Japan’s Viewpoint, featuring Ambassador Masafumi Ishii, former Japanese Ambassador to Indonesia (2017-2020). Ambassador Ishii delivered a presentation on the strategic importance of ASEAN and its member states, Japan’s expectations ASEAN, and how Japan and the United States can expand cooperation with ASEAN.
Sasakawa USA welcomed Ambassador John Roos, partner and Co-Founder of Geodesic Capital and U.S. Ambassador to Japan from 2009-2013, Ms. Susie Roos, Partner and CAO at Geodesic Capital, and Ms. Suzanne Basalla, President and CEO of U.S.-Japan Council and Senior Advisor to Ambassador Roos at the U.S. Embassy Tokyo from 2010-2012 to recount their personal stories of being in Tokyo during the March 11, 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami, and in the days and months that followed. Ms. Shanti Shoji, Director of Programs at Sasakawa USA, provided opening remarks and moderated the event.
On February 18, Sasakawa USA host an online event on current affairs in Myanmar with Dr. David I. Steinberg, Distinguished Professor of Asian Studies Emeritus at Georgetown University, Min. Shinichi Iida, Minister of Political Affairs at the Embassy of Japan in Washington, D.C., and Amb. Derek Mitchell, President of the National Democratic Institute and Former U.S. Ambassador to Myanmar.