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 June 24, 2019, Sasakawa USA hosted Ambassador Kazutoshi Aikawa, Deputy Chief of Mission at the Embassy of Japan in the United States, for a special briefing to preview Japan’s priorities for the Osaka G-20 Summit. Sasakawa USA Fellow Tobias Harris moderated the off-the-record discussion and Q&A. Approximately 25 academics, think tank professionals, journalists, and U.S. government officials attended this event.
On June 10, 2019, Sasakawa USA hosted William “Bud” Roth, Non-Resident Fellow for Cybersecurity at Sasakawa USA, for a policy lunch series event on “5G Security and National Strategy Coordination.” Christopher Rodeman, Research Fellow and Director of JUMP at Sasakawa USA, moderated the on-the-record discussion.
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.