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


Opportunities and Challenges for Japan-Taiwan-U.S. Cooperation in the Indo-Pacific

Sasakawa USA hosted Ambassador Stanley Kao, Representative of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office (TECRO) to the United States in Washington D.C., for an off-the-record policy lunch discussion on September 25, 2018. Ambassador Kao discussed Japan-Taiwan-U.S. cooperation in the Indo-Pacific, Taiwan’s southbound policy, and opportunities for collaboration with Japan.

Post-LDP Leadership Election: What’s Next for Japanese Politics?

Tobias Harris, Sasakawa USA Fellow for Business, Economy and Trade, was joined by Prof. Toshihiro Nakayama, Japan Fellow at the Wilson Center, for a September 21, 2018, policy lunch talk on the Liberal Democratic Party’s (LDP) presidential elections held the previous day. The discussion was moderated by Sayuri Romei, Sasakawa USA’s Associate Fellow for Security and Foreign Affairs.

Implications of U.S. Trade Policy for Japanese-brand Automakers

For Japanese-brand automakers, automobile tariffs have the potential to disrupt their global operations, the integrated North American supply chain that supports their production here in the United States, and their investment in the United States. Manny Manriquez discussed these issues on September 11, 2018, at an off-the-record policy lunch discussion at Sasakawa USA.