Common Challenges

As allies and partners with shared interests and values, the United States and Japan face a number of common challenges calling for greater bilateral cooperation. Sasakawa USA’s Common Challenges Program focuses on areas where the United States and Japan, working together, can leverage their individual strengths for mutual and multilateral benefit.

Program topics include democracy building, science and technology cooperation, Myanmar’s transition from authoritarian rule, renewable energy, and cybersecurity.


The U.S. and Japan: Lessons from 3-11

To commemorate the fifth anniversary of the “3-11” triple disaster now known as the Great East Japan Earthquake, Sasakawa USA in coordination with the U.S.-Japan Council launched a program to draw lessons from the disaster and the joint response to it.

Japan-US Military Program (JUMP)

The Japan U.S. Military Program (JUMP) is a collaborative effort between Sasakawa Peace Foundation USA, the Embassy of Japan in the United States, and the National Association of Japan-America Societies. Launched in April 2015, the program connects past and present service members, families, and government civilians who have served in Japan. Click through to visit the JUMP homepage.

U.S.-Japan Democracy Support

Sasakawa USA and its partners, Freedom House and the East-West Center, brought 20 leading U.S. and Japanese government officials, scholars, and practitioners to share views on their country’s approach to democracy support; to identify opportunities for stronger cooperation on policy and diplomatic initiatives; and to draft a roadmap for the future.


U.S.-Japan Approaches to Democracy Promotion

Author: Daniel Bob, Michael Auslin, Larry Diamond, David J. Kramer, Yasunobu Sato, Tsuneo Akaha, David I. Steinberg, Aung Din, Richard C. Kraemer, Mitsugi Endo

March 24, 2017

Cooperation to support democratic development should be an important component of the U.S.-Japan Alliance, and this volume is intended both to endorse it and to propose practical measures for both countries to take.

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Spotlight on U.S.-Japan Civil Nuclear Engagement

Author: Phyllis Genther Yoshida, PhD

Categories: Energy and Technology

Tight U.S.-Japan integration in nuclear energy means that when the Japanese industry sneezes, the U.S. industry catches a cold and vice versa. The continuing fallout from the events of March 11, 2011 and Toshiba Corporation’s financial woes signals a difficult time for the nuclear industry in both countries in 2017.

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Improving Cybersecurity Cooperation between the Governments of the United States and Japan

Author: Linton Wells II, Motohiro Tsuchiya, and Riley Repko

Cybersecurity is becoming more important to the economic, security, and social well-being of both the United States and Japan. Sasakawa USA therefore commissioned this paper to examine ways to improve cybersecurity cooperation between the two nations.

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Working Together on Carbon Capture and Storage Technologies

Author: Dr. Phyllis G. Yoshida

Petra Nova, a U.S.-Japan joint venture to capture carbon dioxide from coal combustion and use it for enhanced oil recovery, became operational on January 10. It is the world’s largest post-combustion plant, and one of only two commercial scale post-combustion systems on a power plant.

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Amb. James Zumwalt
Distinguished Senior Fellow (Non-Resident)

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Tomohiko Taniguchi
Distinguished Non-Resident Fellow