2021 ASEAN Summit: Japan’s Viewpoint

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.

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Resiliency and Friendship: Reflections on 3.11

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.

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Crisis in Myanmar: Pathways for U.S.-Japan Cooperation

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.

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Japan’s Realism and Liberalism

Author: Junjiro Shida

Categories: Sasakawa USA Forum

Sasakawa USA Forum Issue No. 6

In 2011, under the Thein Sein administration, the global community welcomed a “newborn” Myanmar. Now, the future course of the country is receiving attention from various actors in the global arena. As a global player, cooperating with its allied partner the United States, Japan is ready to assist Myanmar’s efforts at all levels. In tackling challenges in Myanmar through the mechanism of the U.S.-Japan alliance, Japan’s well-balanced realism and liberalism are required.

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