The Sasakawa USA Speaker Series features an influential American or Japanese speaker to present on a timely topic of relevance to U.S.-Japan relations and engage in discussion with participants. The roundtables are generally off-the-record and by invitation-only.
Sasakawa USA’s Public Forums aim to engage a diverse group of Americans across the United States on issues pertinent to U.S.-Japan relations and improve their understanding of U.S.-Japan relations. One of our leading programs include The Alliance Working in America program series that seek to reach out to regional leaders in various U.S. cities. In Washington, D.C., we host an annual public forum in partnership with the National Cherry Blossom Festival and the Views of Japan series to introduce perspectives around the world on Japan and U.S.-Japan relations.
On September 6, Sasakawa USA, the U.S. Department of State, the Consulate General of Japan in Atlanta, and the Georgia Institute of Technology co-hosted a luncheon panel discussion at Atlanta’s Historic Academy of Medicine to explore how Japanese and U.S. firms, state and local authorities, and educational institutions can work together to train and develop Georgia’s workforce. Panelists addressed Georgia’s future workforce needs, approaches to workforce development, and opportunities for stakeholder collaboration.
On September 5, the World Affairs Council of Atlanta partnered with Sasakawa USA and the East-West Center in Washington to host a luncheon at The Commerce Club in Atlanta, Georgia. Speakers for “Japan & Georgia, Growing Together” included Admiral Dennis Blair, Chairman, Sasakawa USA; Ambassador Charles Shapiro, President, World Affairs Council; Ambassador James Zumwalt, CEO, Sasakawa USA; Dr. Satu Limaye, Director, East-West Center; and Jim Reed, President, YKK Corporation of America.
On March 1, Sasakawa USA co-hosted a public panel discussion in Portland, Oregon, to explore the depth and breadth of U.S.-Japan ties and the benefits these ties bring to the United States at the national and regional levels.