June 22, 2018 - In This Issue:


Announcement: Sasakawa USA will launch  Japan's Energy Conundrum on June 25

On June 25, Sasakawa USA will launch Japan's Energy Conundrum, a book detailing the evolution of Japan's energy policy and practices since the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami.  Sasakawa USA Senior Fellow for Energy and Technology,  Dr. Phyllis Genther Yoshida , served as the book's editor.

The launch event is currently at capacity for guests. A video and recap of the launch's panel discussion, which will feature several of the book's chapter authors, will be posted to the Sasakawa USA website after the event.

Analysis: Japan's Plutonium Question
Japan must reassess the appropriate supply-demand balance of its plutonium stocks upon completion of its new energy plan, writes Dr. Phyllis Genther Yoshida, Senior Fellow for Energy and Technology, in a new paper published on the Sasakawa USA website.

Japan has about 47 tons of separated plutonium onshore and stored in France and Great Britain for reprocessing into commercial fuel with a small amount reserved for research purposes. Read "Japan's Plutonium Question."

Analysis: U.S.-Japan Diplomacy and the Singapore Summit: Assessing the Outcomes

Sasakawa USA Research Assistant Darah Phillip writes about the results of the Trump-Kim Summit and the implications for U.S.-Japan relations in an analysis piece on the Sasakawa USA website. In " U.S.-Japan Diplomacy and the Singapore Summit: Assessing the Outcomes," Phillip finds that the immediate results of the June 12 summit between President Donald Trump and Chairman Kim Jong Un left much to be desired for U.S.-Japan relations. 

In the News: Admiral Dennis Blair speaks to media regarding Trump-Kim Summit

Admiral Dennis Blair, Chairman of Sasakawa USA, shared his thoughts on the recent Trump-Kim summit and its resultant agreement in a recent interview with the Financial Times. "Democrats accuse Trump of doing 'anaemic' deal with Kim" was published on June 12. Blair also discussed President Trump's vow to stop joint military exercises with South Korea on NPR's All Things Considered on June 15. Blair is a former Director of National Intelligence and previous Commander in Chief of the U.S. Pacific Command.

In the News: Sasakawa USA Fellows publish articles in Kyodo News, The Diplomat

Tobias Harris, Fellow for Economy, Trade, and Business at Sasakawa USA, published "Between North Korea and Trade: Shinzo Abe's G7 2018 Dilemma," in The Diplomat on June 8. Harris sees Abe's public rhetoric--more specifically, the topics he chooses to avoid--as revelatory of the conflicting interests that the Prime Minister must weigh to both defend Japan's interests abroad and maintain his popularity at home.

Sayuri Romei, Associate Fellow for Security and Foreign Affairs at Sasakawa USA, assessed the politics of the abduction of Japanese nationals in relation to the then-upcoming talks with North Korea in a June 6 Kyodo News article. In "Opinion: Japan needs a realistic proposal on the abduction issue," Romei suggested Japan take a different approach to the abductee issue. 
Event Recap: A Turning Point with North Korea?: Regional Perspectives on the U.S.-North Korea Summit

Read a recap and view a video of a panel of experts, including  Ambassador James Zumwalt, CEO, Sasakawa USA, discussing the June 12 Trump-Kim summit. The discussion, "A Turning Point with North Korea?: Regional Perspectives on the U.S.-North Korea Summit," was co-hosted by Sasakawa USA and the Korea Economic Institute of America (KEI). After the event, Zumwalt was interviewed for KEI's podcast, Korean Kontext.
Event Recap: Report from Sasakawa USA's Journalism Fellowship: Fukushima and the 2020 Olympics

On June 7, Sasakawa USA hosted Seth Berkman, contributing sports reporter at The New York Times, for a luncheon titled "Report from Sasakawa USA's Journalism Fellowship: Fukushima and the 2020 Olympics." Berkman was the 2017 recipient of the Sasakawa USA Journalism Fellowship, offered in partnership with the International Center for Journalists.
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