Sasakawa USA Policy Briefing Series


Sasakawa USA’s Policy Briefing Series (formerly known as Policy Lunch 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

New Force Design for the Marine Corps and its Implications to the U.S-Japan Alliance

On July 9th Sasakawa USA held a virtual meeting to analyze General Berger’s new strategic vision and its implication to the U.S. Japan alliance in the Asia Pacific theater. The event began with a presentation by LtGen Wallace “Chip” Gregson, USMC (Ret.) who described the nature of the major strategic changes to the Marine Corps, its implications for the U.S.-Japan Alliance, and what needs to be done to achieve these goals from his perspective. His presentation was followed with commentary by LtGen Lawrence Nicholson, USMC (Ret.) and LtGen Koichiro Bansho, JGSDF (Ret.).

Tabletop Exercise (TTX) Pacific Trident III: Invitation-Only Briefing

On June 16, 2020, Sasakawa Peace Foundation USA welcomed four distinguished panelists to discuss the findings and recommendations of Sasakawa USA’s unclassified Tabletop Exercise (TTX) Pacific Trident III. The four panelists were Admiral Dennis Blair, USN (Ret.), Rear Admiral Michael McDevitt (Ret.), Ms. Kelly Magsamen, and Nr. Nobukatsu Kanehara. This talk was presented through Sasakawa USA’s Policy Briefing Series and held virtually via Zoom.

U.S.-Japan Relations on the Hill: New Co-Chair of Congressional Study Group on Japan

On May 26, 2020, Sasakawa Peace Foundation USA (Sasakawa USA) and the U.S. Association of Former Members of Congress (FMC) welcomed Representative Larry Bucshon M.D. (R-IN) to provide his views of the U.S.-Japan relationship, geopolitics, economics, trade and COVID-19; his experience with the Congressional Study Group on Japan; and a brief forecast on the upcoming elections.