December 14, 2017 - In This Issue:
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Sasakawa USA Forum Issue No. 9: Exploring New Partnerships and Opportunities in U.S.-Japan State and Local Economic Collaboration

In Sasakawa USA Forum Issue No. 9, published on December 5, author Sean Connell examines the importance of sub-national linkages at state, prefectural, regional, and local levels for the U.S.-Japan economic relationship. In " Exploring New Partnerships and Opportunities in U.S.-Japan State and Local Economic Collaboration," Connell writes that decades of expanding flows of trade and foreign direct investment (FDI), and resulting economic and supply chain integration, have generated impacts and benefits across every region of both countries. 

Connell is Director of Business Recruitment for the Economic Development Alliance of Skagit County, Washington State. Previously, he was Director for Japan and Korea at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and Executive Director of the U.S.-Korea Business Council, and an International Affairs Fellow in Japan with the Council on Foreign Relations. 

Welcome: New Security Fellow joins Sasakawa USA 

Sayuri Romei
Sasakawa USA is proud to announce the appointment of Sayuri Romei as Associate Fellow for Security and Foreign Affairs, effective December 11, 2017. Romei is an expert on the U.S.-Japan nuclear relationship, as well as U.S.-Japan relations and Japanese history, security, and foreign policy.

News: Sasakawa USA SEED trip on cybersecurity and innovation takes place this week in Tokyo

SEED Delegation Sasakawa USA has partnered with Center for a New American Security for this year's Sasakawa USA Emerging Experts Delegation (SEED) trip, taking place this week through December 16. Kazuyo Kato, Director for Education and Finance for Sasakawa USA, and Joy Champaloux, Associate Program Officer for Sasakawa USA, are accompanying the  cohort of eight U.S. cybersecurity experts for a one-week study tour of Japan. 

The delegation has traveled to Tokyo, Osaka and Kyoto to explore two areas with growth opportunities for U.S.-Japan cooperation: cybersecurity and innovation. The group has met with government ministries and agencies including METI, MIC, NISC, and MOFA, J6 experts, and other renowned Japanese experts on cybersecurity, as well as start-ups and venture capitalists. Highlights included visits to a cybersecurity training facility known as Cyber Defense Exercise with Recurrence (CYDER), Osaka and Kyoto innovation hubs, and start up accelerator such as Plug and Play Japan. We'll have a full recap in the next issue of the Newsletter. 

Shaping Future Leaders: Fifth Trilateral Symposium is January 4
Student Participants

Future leaders in U.S.-Japan-Korea trilateral cooperation will have the opportunity to discuss their views on digital diplomacy and workplace challenges at the Fifth U.S.-Japan-Korea Trilateral Symposium in Washington D.C. on January 4. The International Student Conferences (ISC) and Sasakawa USA partnered for this event, where student leaders alongside senior experts will discuss key present-day topics directly relevant to the U.S., Japan and Korea. 

Space is limited for this free event so please register early.

Event Recap: Sasakawa USA and SAFE's Leadership Tour to Japan on energy and innovation lunch discussion
Bob_ Diamond and Yoshida at discussion
Sasakawa USA held an on-the-record policy lunch on December 11. The discussion reviewed Securing America's Future Energy (SAFE) and Sasakawa USA's Leadership Tour of Japan from October 22-27. During the trip, American delegates met with corporate leaders and key Japanese government officials and visited Japan's cutting-edge technology centers to identify best practices from both nations and promote dialogue and collaboration. The policy lunch was moderated by Daniel Bob, Senior Fellow and Director of Programs at Sasakawa USA. 

Photo Contest: JUMP requests #HolidaysinJapan submissions
Kitaguchi Hongu Fuji Sengen shrine by Lauren Shaft
Sasakawa USA's Japan-U.S. Military Program (JUMP) is accepting submissions for its third annual #HolidaysinJapan photo contest. The contest is open to all ages and skill levels, current and retired military, family, friends, and anyone in between.  The winner will receive a gift basket valued at $100 in goodies, and see their photo featured on the JUMP website and social media accounts.

Visit JUMP's website for contest rules and instructions for submitting a photo.  

Event Recap: U.S. Alliances in East Asia: Tackling the North Korea Issue
Amb Zumwalt and Amb Yun
Ambassador Joseph Y. Yun visited Sasakawa USA on December 8 to participate in an off-the-record policy lunch. Ambassador Yun, Special Representative for North Korea Policy and Deputy Assistant Secretary for Korea and Japan in the Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs, U.S. Department of State, participated in a discussion on the topic of "U.S. Alliances in East Asia: Tackling the North Korea Issue." The discussion was moderated by Ambassador James Zumwalt, CEO of Sasakawa USA.   

We're hiring: New Intern for Communications and Education
Sasakawa Interns

Sasakawa USA is currently hiring a winter-spring 2018 Communications and Education Intern. The intern will work primarily for the Communications Manager to support the upkeep and growth of Sasakawa USA's websites, social media pages, and newsletters. In addition, on an as needed basis, the intern will support the Education Program team with contact database management and program logistics.

The deadline for applications is  December 29.

Upcoming Events
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