Sasakawa USA’s Policy Lunches are a series of on- and off-the-record discussions that allow the Washington policy community focused on Japan a chance to engage in informal discussions on the key issues of the day with American and Japanese policymakers, leading academics, and others involved in shaping the U.S.-Japan Alliance and broader relationship. Policy lunches foster a better understanding of the direction of the U.S.-Japan relationship, allowing candid exchange between speakers and a well-informed audience of those involved in U.S.-Japan and U.S.-Asia relations.
Notable experts such as Dr. Ken Jimbo, Ambassador Joe Yun, Ambassador Pham Quang Vinh and Dr. Sheila Smith have participated in past policy lunches. Topics have ranged from Northeast Asian security to Japanese perspectives on the China-India rivalry. Policy Lunches are by invitation-only, but on-the-record discussion recaps are posted on the Sasakawa USA blog after events.
On January 8, 2019, the Korea Economic Institute of America and Sasakawa USA hosted “Northeast Asia and the New Congress,” a panel discussion on Democratic control of the House of Representatives and the potential impacts on U.S. policy towards Northeast Asia.
On December 13, Lieutenant General Wallace “Chip” Gregson (USMC, ret.), Senior Advisor at Avascent Global Advisors, spoke at the Sasakawa USA Policy Lunch Series event “Changes on the Korean Peninsula: Moon and Kim – Who Leads this Dance?” This lunch discussion was moderated by Sasakawa USA CEO Ambassador James Zumwalt.
On December 4, 2018, Sasakawa USA hosted a lunch discussion with Mine The Gap co-founders, Kristin Haffert and Jessica Grounds to discuss their takeaways from their recent trip to Tokyo, where they shared best practices in training women to run for political office. This policy lunch event was moderated by Sasakawa USA Research Assistant Darah Phillip.