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

2021 ASEAN Summit: US Policy Toward Asia

On November 10, Sasakawa Peace Foundation USA hosted the virtual event, “2021 ASEAN Summit: U.S. Policy Toward Asia.” This event featured Ambassador David Shear, former U.S. Ambassador to Vietnam (2011-2014), for a discussion on the 2021 ASEAN and East Asia Summit, both of which took place in October.

Taiwan Crisis and Japan’s Strategy

On November 2, Sasakawa USA hosted the virtual event, “Taiwan Crisis and Japan’s Strategy,” featuring LTG Koichiro Bansho, JGSDF (Ret.), former Commander of the Western Army of Japan from 2013-2015, for a discussion on Japan’s perspective on the expectations and roles of the United States and Japan in a Taiwan contingency. General Chip Gregson, USMC (Ret.) provided a brief commentary from the American perspective.

2021 ASEAN Summit: Japan’s Viewpoint

On October 20, Sasakawa USA hosted the virtual event, 2021 ASEAN Summit: Japan’s Viewpoint, featuring Ambassador Masafumi Ishii, former Japanese Ambassador to Indonesia (2017-2020). Ambassador Ishii delivered a presentation on the strategic importance of ASEAN and its member states, Japan’s expectations ASEAN, and how Japan and the United States can expand cooperation with ASEAN.