Sasakawa USA Policy Briefing Series

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


Remembering Dr. Ezra Vogel

On February 2, 2021, Sasakawa USA hosted a memorial paying tribute to Dr. Ezra Vogel, an eminent scholar of Japan and China who passed away on December 20, 2020. This brought together Dr. Steven K. Vogel, Chair of the Political Economy Program at the University of California, Berkeley, Mr. Glen S. Fukushima, Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress, and Dr. Joseph S. Nye, Jr., University Distinguished Service Professor, Emeritus at Harvard University to share their personal experiences with the late scholar.

Charting a Shared Course: U.S.-Japan Security in 2021 and Beyond

On January 26, 2021, Sasakawa USA was pleased to host an online event on the U.S.-Japan alliance with Rear Admiral James Kelly, USN (Ret.), Former Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Japan, and Dr. Takako Hikotani, the Gerald L. Curtis Associate Professor of Modern Japanese Politics and Foreign Policy at Columbia University.

The U.S.-Japan Space Partnership: A Shared, Evolving Mission

On December 10, 2020, Sasakawa USA welcomed Dr. Masami Onoda, Director of the JAXA Washington D.C. Office and Mr. Kimitake Nakamura, Minister at the Embassy of Japan in Washington D.C. for a virtual roundtable to address recent developments in the U.S.-Japan partnership in space exploration, including JAXA Astronaut Dr. Soichi Noguchi’s flight to the International Space Station on SpaceX Crew-1 and JAXA Astronaut Mr. Akihiko Hoshide’s planned flight on SpaceX Crew-2 next spring.