Sasakawa USA Policy Lunch Series

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.


Past Events


North Korean Diplomacy in the Era of Summits

Date: April 30, 2018

Join KEI and Sasakawa USA for a discussion of the results of the recent inter-Korean summit, the implications of the North Korea-China summit, the role of the U.S.-Japan summit, the prospects for the upcoming historic summit between President Trump and Kim Jong-un, and how all of these summits potentially fit together.

South Asia’s Development in the Context of China-India Rivalry

On April 16, Sasakawa USA hosted Keiichiro Nakazawa, Director General of the South Asia Department at the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), for a policy lunch discussion on “South Asia’s Development in the Context of China-India Rivalry.” The discussion was moderated by Sasakawa USA CEO Ambassador James Zumwalt. In his presentation, Nakazawa discussed the challenges