Speakers and Forums

Programs

Speaker Series

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.

Public Forums

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.

Upcoming Events


Japan Matters for America: Japan Matters for Minnesota

On September 18, 2019, Dr. Satu Limaye, VP and Executive Director, East-West Center in Washington, will speak to a public audience in St. Paul, Minnesota, about the Japan-Minnesota relationship, and why the U.S.-Japan alliance matters for Minnesotans, through showcasing the East-West Center in Washington’s Japan Matters for America project.

Global Conversations MINNEAPOLIS: The U.S.-Japan Alliance in an Evolving Indo-Pacific

On September 18, 2019, as part of The Alliance Working in America Series, Sasakawa USA will hold a public forum discussion in Minneapolis, Minnesota, featuring Admiral Dennis Blair, Chairman of Sasakawa USA, and Dr. Satu Limaye, Vice President and Director, East-West Center in Washington. “The U.S.-Japan Alliance in an Evolving Indo-Pacific” event, a discussion and subsequent Q&A, will be moderated by Elizabeth Brailsford, COO, World Affairs Councils of America.


Past Events


Japan-Kentucky Collaboration: Developing the Bluegrass Workforce and Economy

On March 7, 2019, Sasakawa USA, the Consulate-General of Japan in Nashville, the World Affairs Council of Kentucky and Southern Indiana, and the World Affairs Councils of America co-sponsored “Japan-Kentucky Collaboration: Developing the Bluegrass Workforce and Economy.” This panel discussion, held at the Hyatt Regency Lexington, was presented in partnership with World Trade Center Kentucky and Japan-America Society of Kentucky.

The U.S.-Japan Alliance Working in Kentucky — Panel and Sake Tasting

On March 6, 2019, Sasakawa USA co-hosted a public panel discussion, “The U.S.-Japan Alliance Working in Kentucky,” with the World Affairs Council of Kentucky and Southern Indiana and the World Affairs Councils of America in partnership with the East-West Center in Washington and Japan-America Society of KentuckyThe panel, held in Louisville, Kentucky, examined important developments in today’s Japan with implications for U.S.-Japan relations, the depth and breadth of Japan-Kentucky ties, and the impact of Japanese business investments in Kentucky.


Director

Kazuyo Kato
Director for Programs
and Administration

 

Contact

Siddharth Divakaruni
Program Assistant