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


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.

Emerging Arenas and New Platforms for the Next Generation of US-Japan Cooperation

The U.S.-Japan Conference on Cultural and Educational Interchange (CULCON) is a binational advisory panel that works to strengthen the cultural and educational foundations of the U.S.-Japan relationship. CULCON’s Next Generation Task Force assesses the state of U.S.-Japan exchanges for the next generation to ensure opportunities for the future leaders in U.S.-Japan relations. Dr. Sheila Smith, Senior Fellow for Japan Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations, and member of CULCON’s Next Generation Task Force, presented the Task Force’s recommendations for supporting the next generation of U.S.-Japan exchange at a policy lunch at Sasakawa USA on July 19, 2018. Ambassador James Zumwalt moderated the discussion.

APEC, Regional Trade, and U.S.-Japan Economic Cooperation in the Indo-Pacific

Sasakawa USA hosted an off-the-record policy lunch discussion with Ambassador Matt Matthews, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State in the Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs and Ambassador for APEC. Sasakawa USA CEO Ambassador James Zumwalt served as moderator. D.C.-based think tank experts as well as those with an interest in U.S.-Japan economic relations and U.S.-APEC relations attended the lunch talk, in which Ambassador Matthews discussed APEC’s role in the Indo-Pacific and its work in relation to U.S. strategy in the region.