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

The EU’s Strategy for Indo-Pacific Engagement

On February 28, 2022, Sasakawa USA hosted the virtual Policy Briefing, “The EU’s Strategy for Indo-Pacific Engagement,” featuring Mr. George Cunningham, Former Strategic Adviser at the Asia-Pacific Department of the European External Action Service, for a discussion on the EU’s strategy for cooperation in the Indo-Pacific. He further touched upon the recent developments of the Ukrainian crisis and its potential impact on the EU’s strategy and the outcomes of the February 22, 2022 Ministerial Forum addressing specific challenges related to security and defense, digital connectivity, and global infrastructure development.

Requirements for Crafting Japan’s New National Security Strategy

On January 27, Sasakawa Peace Foundation USA hosted the virtual policy briefing, “Requirements for Crafting Japan’s New National Security Strategy.” This event featured Lieutenant General Koichi Isobe, JGSDF (Ret.), 37th Commander of the Eastern Army (2013-2015), who is a member of the National Security Strategy Study Group (国家安全保障戦略研究会, Kokka Anzen Hoshō Senryaku Kenkyūkai). LtGen. Isobe provided remarks on behalf of the group to share their policy recommendations from their report, “What is Required of the New National Security Strategy: To Confront the Turbulent Era.”

Japan as Relevant as Ever: The Economist Special Report on Reiwa Japan

On January 6, Sasakawa USA hosted a virtual event, “Japan As Relevant As Ever: The Economist Special Report on Reed by Reiwa Japan.” This event spotlighted Mr. Noah Sneider, Tokyo Bureau Chief at The Economist, for a discussion on his recent special report, published by The Economist, “Japan As Relevant As Ever” on December 11, 2021.