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


Helping a Friend in Need: An Insider’s View of the U.S. Response to Japan’s 2011 Triple Disaster

On March 5th 2020, Sasakawa USA welcomed our Distinguished Senior Fellow (Non-Resident) Ambassador James Zumwalt to deliver an insider’s view of the U.S. government’s civilian response to Japan’s 2011 Triple Disaster. On March 11, 2011, Ambassador Zumwalt was serving as the Deputy Chief of Mission for the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo when the earthquake and tsunami struck the seabed off Japan’s northeast coast. His presentation focused on his personal experience of the disaster and lessons learned that are still appropriate today.

China’s Infrastructure Development in the Indo-Pacific Region

On August 22, 2019, Sasakawa USA welcomed Dr. Shino Watanabe, Professor at the Faculty of Global Studies at Sophia University in Tokyo, for a private, off-the-record luncheon discussion on China’s Infrastructure Development in the Indo-Pacific Region.

Book Discussion: Peak Japan: The End of Great Ambitions

On Wednesday, July 31, 2019, Sasakawa USA hosted Mr. Brad Glosserman, Deputy Director and Visiting Professor at the Center for Rule Making Strategies at Tama University and Senior Advisor at Pacific Forum International, for a candid discussion of his new book Peak Japan: The End of Great Ambitions. Sasakawa USA CEO Ambassador James Zumwalt moderated the on-the-record discussion and Q&A.