April 26, 2018 - In This Issue:

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Chairman's Message: The Mar-a-Lago U.S.-Japan Summit

In a new Chairman's Message, written shortly after the April 17 and April 18 meetings at Mar-a-Lago between Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and President Donald Trump, Sasakawa USA Chairman Admiral Dennis Blair encourages a closer look at the summit's formal communique. Blair believes it shows clearly that the United States and Japan are united on the big security issues that both countries face. 

"The statement from the latest U.S.-Japan summit this week gives a clear picture of the policies of two of the three most powerful countries in the world working out the issues between them and united on the challenges that both face," Admiral Blair writes. 

Upcoming Event: Fifth Annual Security Forum is May 2

Sasakawa USA's Fifth Annual Security Forum will take place at the Willard InterContinental in Washington D.C. on May 2, 2018. This day-long conference will bring together a range of experts from government, business, academia, and think tanks to discuss Asian security from the context of the U.S.-Japan alliance. Speakers include Ambassador Shinsuke Sugiyama, Japan's new ambassador to the United States; Robert Work, Former Deputy Secretary of Defense; and Admiral Dennis Blair, Chairman of Sasakawa USA and former Director of National Intelligence.

Registration is still open. More details, including an agenda, a speaker list, and links to the English and Japanese livestreams of the event, are available on the Sasakawa USA website

New Analysis: Abe avoids the FTA trap at Mar-a-Lago, but U.S. pressure on Japan likely to mount

Tobias Harris, Fellow for Economy, Trade and Business, writes about the economic implications of last week's Abe-Trump negotiations, in a new analysis on the Sasakawa USA website. Abe once again deflected demands for FTA negotiations, Harris writes. Instead, the United States and Japan agreed to launch a new dialogue that will likely focus on sector-specific market access issues and the bilateral trade balance. 

Asia on Air Podcast: The Trump-Abe April summit and Operation Rugby Daemon

Bonus episode: In the latest Asia on Air episode, host Brian Graf, Program Officer for Sasakawa USA, sits down with Sasakawa USA CEO Ambassador James Zumwalt to talk about the recent Abe-Trump summit in Florida. Listen to "Asia on Air Episode 08: Mar-a-Lago Summit." 

The changing landscape of cybersecurity:
In "Asia on Air Episode 07: Operation Rugby Daemon," Lin Wells II and Rick Ledgett, two participants in Sasakawa USA's recent Operation Rugby Daemon exercise, share their responses to the tabletop exercise as well as their thoughts on how the cybersecurity community is poised to deal with threats such as phishing e-mails and state sponsored cyberattacks. 

Upcoming Event: North Korean Diplomacy in the Era of Summits 

KEI and Sasakawa USA will co-host a discussion on " North Korean Diplomacy in the Era of Summits " at the KEI Conference Facility on April 30.*    The event will consider the results of the recent inter-Korean summit, the implications of the North Korea-China summit, the role of the U.S.-Japan summit, the prospects for the upcoming historic summit between President Trump and Kim Jong-un, and how all of these summits potentially fit together.

Please note that there is currently a waitlist for this event.
From Nippon.com: Steps Toward Restoring the Medium- to Long-term Sustainability of Social Security

Japan's public finances are facing an unprecedented situation in both historical and international terms. The debt to GDP ratio of general government (central and local) has exceeded 200%, an all time high surpassing the level recorded in fiscal 1944 toward the end of World War II. Learn more in Oguro Kazama's article, "Steps Toward Restoring the Medium- to Long-term Sustainability of Social Security." 

We're Hiring: Associate Research Fellow and JUMP Director

Sasakawa USA is seeking an Associate Research Fellow and Director, Japan-U.S. Military Program (JUMP) to lead JUMP and provide substantive, programmatic and administrative support for our tabletop military exercises and other research programs in U.S.-Japan relations. This would be a great role for a veteran. Candidates should have experience living and working in Japan.

The deadline for applications is May 1, 2018.
Accepting Submissions: Sasakawa USA Forum

The Sasakawa USA Forum is currently accepting submissions for Fall/Winter 2018-2019. 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 dphillip@spfusa.org
Upcoming Events

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