Improving understanding through dialogues, outreach, and networking
Sasakawa USA’s Education Program aims to improve public understanding of the U.S.-Japan relationship in the United States and strengthen people-to-people ties between the two countries. The program offers opportunities for U.S. policy officials and experts to participate in discussions with their Japanese counterparts through roundtables and delegations, such as the Sasakawa USA Emerging Experts Delegation (SEED) Program. The Education Program also hosts exchange programs for groups having the potential to benefit from greater bilateral cooperation, such as civil society organizations, and engages influential citizens and the broader public on current U.S.-Japan policy issues through public forums across the United States.
Outreach efforts include programs for executive branch staff, members of Congress and Congressional staff, and the media, as well as Americans with significant experience working in Japan, such as former participants of the Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) program. Sasakawa USA also actively follows up with past Sasakawa program participants through the Sasakawa USA Alumni Program to keep them informed and engaged on developments in Japan and U.S.-Japan relations.
Speaker Series and Forums
The Sasakawa USA Speaker Series features an influential American or Japanese speaker to present on a timely topic of relevance to U.S.-Japan relations and engage in discussion with participants. The roundtables are generally off-the-record and by invitation-only.
Sasakawa USA’s Public Outreach Program aims to engage more Americans across the United States on issues pertinent to U.S.-Japan relations and improve their understanding of U.S.-Japan relations. The program focuses on three main areas: the Public Speaker Series, Public Outreach outside of Washington, and Public Outreach through Culture and Arts.
Partnerships with Educators and Students
To better understand the alliance and promote cultural exchange between the two countries, Sasakawa Peace Foundation USA is proud to sponsor Kizuna Across Culture’s (KAC) inaugural Global Classmates Summit. The Summit is an engaging nine days of discovery and dialogue designed to cultivate cultural awareness between U.S. and Japanese high school students.
Sponsored by The Japanese Program at George Washington University with support from organizations including Sasakawa USA, J.LIVE Talk offers college-level students the opportunity to showcase their Japanese language communication skills in the format of a speech competition.
Japan and the Republic of Korea, two important allies in Asia for the United States, have had periods of tension, war, and estrangement. The teaching of their shared history has challenged relations between the two nations. In 2015 and again in 2017, with a goal to advance the U.S.-Japan-Korea partnership, Sasakawa USA partnered with the International Student Conference (ISC) in Washington, D.C. for a week-long program in which top college students interact with the current generation of senior policy experts.
People-to-People Exchanges and Fellowships
The Sasakawa USA Emerging Experts Delegation (SEED) Program seeks to engage the next generation of U.S. policy experts on Japan and to improve their understanding of U.S.-Japan relations. The program offers its participants: a series of pre-trip briefings that introduce U.S.-Japan relations, a week-long trip to Tokyo to meet with Japanese policymakers and experts, and post-trip opportunities for publication and networking.
The Sasakawa USA In-Depth Research Trip will provide a selected alumni with an opportunity to return to Japan for a deeper understanding of common challenges in the U.S.-Japan relationship and build on the knowledge they gained from their initial delegation trip to Japan.
The Sasakawa USA Journalism Fellowship offers an opportunity for U.S.-based journalists to travel to Japan and conduct field reporting that delves deep into the economic, social, cultural, environmental, and energy-policy challenges facing the country. This program helps make independent coverage of neglected issues possible, bringing fresh, innovative coverage of topics that highlight Japan to American audiences.
Sasakawa USA is committed to engaging with Congressional members and staff to promote a greater understanding of the U.S.-Japan and broader U.S.-Asia relationships. Toward this end, in 2014 and 2017, Sasakawa USA partnered with The Aspen Institute Congressional Program, to provide Senators and Representatives the opportunity to delve into complex and critical public policy issues with internationally-recognized experts.
Sasakawa USA is committed to engaging with Congressional members and staff to promote a greater understanding of the U.S.-Japan relationship. With this goal in mind, since 2014 Sasakawa USA has partnered with the Sasakawa Peace Foundation to support programs run by the Congressional Study Group on Japan (CSGJ), an independent, non-partisan, and non-advocacy organization that promotes legislative exchange between the U.S. Congress and Japanese Diet.
The Congressional Staff Program on Asia is a bipartisan educational certificate program that aims to equip Congressional staffers with greater knowledge of U.S.-Asia policy in order to better understand America’s role in and engagement with this dynamic region and the policy implications that will directly engage Congress. This inaugural program consisted of a series of eight, one-hour luncheon lectures on Capitol Hill in September and October of 2016.
Japan Alumni Program
Sasakawa USA hosts regular roundtable and networking events for alumni of the foundation’s programs. These events provide a forum at which alumni can engage one-on-one with featured experts and speakers on in-depth topics related to U.S.-Japan relations.
Sasakawa USA’s annual alumni reunion provides alumni with the opportunity to re-connect and broaden their social networks with those who have been involved with Sasakawa USA in the past. The annual event is designed to facilitate discussion on and promote a better understanding of U.S.-Japan relations and the Asia-Pacific region as a whole.
Sasakawa USA is pleased to partner with the US Japan Exchange & Teaching Programme Alumni Association (JETAA) to offer a mini-grant program. Through this initiative, small grants are awarded to JETAA Chapters and Subchapters in the U.S. to fund innovative activities that engage JET alumni in their communities and promote understanding and friendship between the U.S. and Japan.