October 29, 2018 - In This Issue:


Sasakawa USA Forum: For Japan, a Winning Formula is Cyber Defense and Innovation Offense

The great and increasing importance of the cyber domain in strategic competition makes a pressing need for Japan to advance its cyber-security and technology entrepreneurship development, write Krista Auchenbach and Daniel Kliman in Sasakawa USA Forum Issue No. 16. " For Japan, a Winning Forumla is Cyber Defense and Innovation Offense" argues that while Japan lags behind many other major economies in this regard, it is in a unique position to leverage its existing public-private ties, already tech-savvy population, and the upcoming Tokyo Olympics to develop its cyber and entrepreneurial capacities. 

Auchenbach is Senior Strategy Advisor in the Office of the Secretary of Defense. Kliman is a Senior Fellow with the Asia-Pacific Security Program at the Center for a New American Security. Both participated in the 2017 Sasakawa USA Emerging Experts Delegation (SEED) trip to Japan focused on cyber-security and technology entrepreneurship. 

Event Recap: Rollout of Japan's Energy Conundrum in Tokyo

Sasakawa USA and Sasakawa Peace Foundation held a rollout of Japan's Energy Conundrum   and the book's Japanese language executive summary on October 23 in Tokyo. The public event was attended by 160 people, including government officials, academics, and industry experts. The event featured Japan-based contributors to the book and other experts, most notably International Energy Agency Executive Director, Dr. Fatih Birol. Following opening remarks from Sasakawa Peace Foundation Chairman Nobuo Tanaka, Dr. Phyllis Genther Yoshida, Sasakawa USA's Senior Fellow for Energy and Technology and editor of Japan's Energy Conundrum, provided a keynote address at the start of the seminar.
In the News: Darah Phillip writes on Inkstick Media about Japan's chance to lead on  climate change

Darah Phillip, Research Assistant for Sasakawa USA, has published an article on Inkstick Media about Japan and climate change. "Japan's Chance to Lead on Climate Change" was published on October 16 and examines the steps Japan could take to establish a global lead in mitigating climate change. Specifically, Phillip argues that Prime Minister Shinzo Abe should reject burning coal as a source of energy in Japan and abroad, and work to develop and share Japanese technologies and best practices with other nations. 

Watch Online: Videos of recent TAWA Atlanta panels on workforce development and U.S.-Japan relations in Georgia

Sasakawa USA has posted videos of recent The Alliance Working in America (TAWA) events in Atlanta. 

Watch " Japan and Georgia. Growing Together," to learn more about the benefits of U.S.-Japan relations to the United States and the state of Georgia. Speakers include Admiral Dennis Blair, Chairman of Sasakawa USA; Ambassador Charles Shapiro, President, World Affairs Council; and Jim Reed, President, YKK Corporation of America. 

Watch " Investing in Georgia's Workforce: A U.S.-Japan Dialogue" to learn how local governments, Japanese and U.S. companies, and educational institutions can work together to prepare Georgia's workforce. Speakers include Julie Chung, Director, Office of Japanese Affairs, Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs, U.S. Department of State, and the Honorable Takashi Shinozuka, Consul-General of Japan in Atlanta. 

Event recap: Strength Through Peace: Japan in the 21st Century Competitive Space

On October 25, 2018, Sasakawa USA hosted the Honorable Sharon Burke, Senior Advisor and Director of the Research Security Program at New America, at a luncheon to discuss her recently published paper " Strength Through Peace: Japan in the 21st Century Competitive Sphere." The luncheon was held as part of Sasakawa USA's Alumni Program and the paper is a culmination of Burke's research from her travels to Japan in February 2018 for Sasakawa USA's In-Depth Alumni Research Trip.

Write for Sasakawa USA: True Stories from Japan is accepting essay submissions

True Stories from Japan is an occasional blog on the Sasakawa USA website that features reflective essays about travels to and from Japan. Topics range from U.S.-Japan relations to cultural differences and everything in between. Submissions are encouraged from individuals who have an interest in Japan and/or are involved in U.S.-Japan relations.

Essays are accepted on a rolling basis. Please visit our Submissions Guidelines page for additional details. 

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