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.
On April 13, Sasakawa USA was pleased to welcome the Hon. Masashi Adachi, Special Advisor to Japanese Prime Minister Suga, the Hon. Randall G. Schriver, Former Assistant Secretary of Defense for Indo-Pacific Affairs, and Amb. Kurt Tong, a Partner at The Asia Group, for a discussion of how the Biden administration will approach the Indo-Pacific region.
Sasakawa USA welcomed Ambassador John Roos, partner and Co-Founder of Geodesic Capital and U.S. Ambassador to Japan from 2009-2013, Ms. Susie Roos, Partner and CAO at Geodesic Capital, and Ms. Suzanne Basalla, President and CEO of U.S.-Japan Council and Senior Advisor to Ambassador Roos at the U.S. Embassy Tokyo from 2010-2012 to recount their personal stories of being in Tokyo during the March 11, 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami, and in the days and months that followed. Ms. Shanti Shoji, Director of Programs at Sasakawa USA, provided opening remarks and moderated the event.
An English translation of General Ryoichi Oriki, JGSDF (Ret.) statement provided at Sasakawa USA’s recent event, Operation TOMODACHI: A Ten-Year Commemoration, where he expresses his heartfelt gratitude to the U.S. government and military for their enduring support through Operation TOMODACHI.