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

Advancing Diversity and Inclusion During COVID-19

On October 1, 2020, Sasakawa USA was pleased to host Minister Yoko Kamikawa, recently selected to serve as the Minister of Justice for the new cabinet of Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga. In this virtual roundtable, Min. Kamikawa discussed the impact of COVID-19 on women in Japan, women’s leadership in business and politics in Japan, and how Japan can increase diversity in political leadership during COVID-19.

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s Accomplishments: Having Worked with Him for 8 Long Years

On September 15, 2020, Sasakawa USA welcomed Dr. Tomohiko Taniguchi, former Special Advisor to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s Cabinet, to discuss the accomplishments of Prime Minister Abe, highlighting both his domestic and international political agenda achievement. This virtual event was concluded with a robust Q&A discussion moderated by Dr. Satohiro Akimoto, Chairman and President of Sasakawa USA.

“Rekishi no Kyokun” Author Talk with Prof. Nobukatsu Kanehara

On August 26, 2020, Sasakawa USA welcomed Prof. Nobukatsu Kanehara, Faculty of Law Department of Political Science at Doshisha University, to discuss his new book, Rekishi no Kyokun, a historical analysis of Japan’s foreign policy. Through his talk, Prof. Kanehara explained to participants how various failures in Japan’s past led to Japanese strategies of the present.