December 4, 2018 - In This Issue:

President Donald J. Trump meets with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan during a bilateral meeting Friday, Nov. 30, 2018, at the G20 Summit in Buenos Aires, Argentina. (Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead)
New Chairman's Message: The 2018 Holiday Season - The Norm or a Calm Before the Storm?

Given the current relatively quiet phase for relations among countries in Asia, and in the wake of a smooth G20 Summit in Argentina, Admiral  Dennis Blair assesses whether these positive trends will continue in his December 4, 2018, Chairman's Message. In " The 2018 Holiday Season - The Norm or a Calm Before the Storm?" Blair steps back to take a big picture evaluation of what  the countries in the region can do to turn this period into a longer period of positive relations. Blair's essay covers the state of U.S. relations with China, North Korea, and Japan and makes the case for maintaining solid U.S.-Japan relations. 

Tabletop Exercise Pacific Trident II Report Launch and Panel Discussion on December 6, 2018

Sasakawa USA will hold a panel discussion on its recently executed Exercise Pacific Trident II from 2-3:30 p.m. December 6 in the Crystal Room at the Willard InterContinental Hotel in Washington, DC. Exercise Pacific Trident II was an unclassified tabletop exercise designed to test the policy, diplomatic, and military responses of the United States, Japan, and South Korea to North Korean sanction evasion activities and signs of internal instability. Copies of "Testing the U.S.-Japan and U.S.-ROK Security Alliances: Tabletop Exercise Pacific Trident II," a report detailing the exercise and its findings, will be available.

Speakers include Admiral  Dennis Blair (ret.), Chairman, Sasakawa USA;  Lt. General In-Bum Chun (ret.), Distinguished Visiting Fellow, Sam Nunn School of International Affairs, Georgia Institue of Technology;  Lt. General Koichi Isobe (ret.), Senior Fellow, Asia Center, Harvard University; and  Ambassador Mark Lippert (ret.), Vice President, Boeing International.

Seats are still available. Please  RSVP here

News: Deadline to apply for winter 2019 Congressional Staff Program on Asia program is December 31, 2018

Applications are open for the winter 2019 cohort of the Congressional Staff Program on Asia (CSPA), which will commence soon after the inauguration of the 116th Congress. This bipartisan educational certificate program provides Capitol Hill staff members with an opportunity to engage U.S. officials and leading experts on a range of contemporary, policy-relevant topics in U.S.-Indo-Pacific relations, and expand their network of congressional colleagues, officials, and experts. 

This program is administered by the East-West Center in Washington with support from Sasakawa USA. The application deadline is December 31, 2018. For details, please visit the East-West Center in Washington website.

News: Sasakawa USA announces recipients of latest round of mini-grants to JET Alumni Association chapters and subchapters 

This is the third year Sasakawa USA and the U.S. Japan Exchange & Teaching Programme Alumni Association (USJETAA) have partnered to offer a mini-grant program to JETAA chapters and subchapters. The program is intended to help chapters strengthen the JET alumni network and elevate their leadership role in their local U.S.-Japan community. 

In the second and final application cycle, two additional 2018-2019 recipients were named: the JET Alumni Association of Minnesota to co-host a one-day networking forum for local U.S.-Japan organizations in Minneapolis, and the JET Alumni Association of New England to organize a kimono workshop and discussion in Boston.

True Stories from Japan: Going Home to Kyushu after 100+ Years

Dr. Phyllis Genther Yoshida, Sasakawa USA Senior Fellow for Energy and Technology, visited Kumamoto Prefecture in Kyushu in October to explore and learn more about the hometowns of her husband's grandparents. Like many third-generation Japanese Americans, her husband knew little other than the prefectures from which his grandparents had emmigrated. In the latest True Stories from Japan, Yoshida writes about their successful efforts to reunite with distant relatives, concluding that " is possible to be welcomed home again even after 100+ years."
Event recap: What U.S. Political Turmoil Means for Japan's Future Foreign Policy
U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Benjamin W. Stratton.

Jim Schoff, Senior Fellow for the Asia Program at Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, joined Dr. Sayuri Romei, Sasakawa USA Fellow for Security and Foreign Affairs, and a group of two dozen policy experts for a policy lunch discussion on the impact of U.S. political turmoil on Japan's foreign policy. Moving forward, Schoff suggested that since Japan cannot resolve domestic issues in the United States, it should focus on broader challenges created by globalization, and should push the G20 towards governing norms on areas such as space, the arctic, and cyber.  The event took place on November 14, 2018, at Sasakawa USA.

News: Sasakawa USA Forum is accepting submissions for 2019

The Sasakawa USA Forum is currently  accepting submissions   for Winter 2019. Submissions should be 750 to 2,000 words in length and written on issues that previously have been inadequately covered regarding Japan or U.S.-Japan relations from a bilateral, regional, and global context. For more information, contact Darah Phillip at      

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