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 February 13, 2019, Sasakawa USA hosted LtGen Lawrence Nicholson (USMC, ret.), former Commander of the III Marine Expeditionary Force (2015-2018), for a Policy Lunch Series event on “Security Threats in the Western Pacific: A Former III MEF Commander’s Perspective.” Chris Rodeman, Research Fellow at Sasakawa USA, moderated the discussion.
Yun Sun, Co-Director of the East Asia Program and Director of the China Program at the Stimson Center, was the guest speaker at Sasakawa USA’s February 6 Policy Lunch Series discussion on “China’s Strategic Perception of Japan: The View from Beijing.” The off-the-record discussion was moderated by Sasakawa USA Research Assistant Darah Phillip.
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.