Sasakawa USA Policy Briefing Series


Sasakawa USA’s Policy Briefing Series aims to engage the Washington D.C. policy, academic, and business communities by holding timely discussions on Japan and U.S.-Japan relations. The goals of the Policy Briefing Series are to foster a better understanding of the bilateral relationship and to allow candid exchange between speakers and invited guests. Discussions may be held on or off-the-record, and in general, events are by invitation-only. Recaps are posted on this page following the discussions.

Past Events

USMC Force Design 2030: New Deterrence Strategy Views from Japan

On August 24, Sasakawa USA hosted a virtual event a keynote by LtGen. Koichi Isobe, JGSDF (Ret.), 37th Commander of the Eastern Army (2013-2015); and commentary provided by LtGen Chip Gregson, USMC (Ret.), Assistant Secretary of Defense, Asian and Pacific Security Affairs (2009-2011); and LtGen Larry Nicholson, USMC (Ret.), Commanding General of III Marine Expeditionary Force (2015-2018) discussing discussed what the USMC Force Design 2030 means to Japan from the Japanese perspective and its impact on the ever-important U.S.-Japan security alliance.

Japan’s Economic Security Strategy in the New Era

On July 9, 2021, Sasakawa USA welcomed the Hon. Akira Amari, the LDP Research Commission on Tax System Chairman. He discussed how a three-pronged approach of economic strategy, digital policy, and semiconductor strategy can strengthen Japan’s economic security strategy.

Soft Power and Morals in U.S. Foreign Policy

On June 10, 2021, Dr. Joseph S. Nye, Jr., Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus at Harvard University, and Sasakawa USA’s Advisory Committee member, joined Sasakawa USA for a discussion of the role of morals in U.S. foreign policy and the impact of soft power on international relations.