April 6, 2016 - In This Issue:
Introducing the Maritime Awareness Project: Premier interactive website to launch at April 14 event

In recent years, maritime disputes at sea and in the diplomatic arena have become intractable features of the global security landscape. Despite increasing confrontations in the East and South China Seas, in particular, little progress has been made in understanding the specifics of each individual maritime dispute, possible solutions, and the complex nature of a host of other issues in the maritime domain.

To address this problem, The National Bureau of Asian Research (NBR) and Sasakawa USA have partnered to create the Maritime Awareness Project (MAP), a comprehensive, interactive, and analytical website. The MAP portal combines exciting, interactive mapping technology with premier analyses from the world's greatest maritime experts to serve as the authoritative resource on maritime issues. The MAP portal will be launched on April 14, 2016 at a public event in Washington, D.C. with an initial focus on the Asia-Pacific region.
Japan, U.S. professionals share renewable energy initiatives at conference
Looking to enhance energy security through bilateral cooperation, Sasakawa USA partnered with the Daniel K. Inouye Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies on March 21 for "The U.S., Japan, and the Future of Renewable Energy," a workshop that brought together twenty-four U.S. and Japanese government, corporate, non-profit, and academic professionals.

Participants explored opportunities for the two nations to develop, prioritize, and disseminate alternate energy technologies as part of a future energy mix.
In the News: Sasakawa USA experts comment on Collective Self-Defense changes, Operation Tomodachi, and North Korea

Japan's ambitious push for broader military role: Although legislation enabling Japan to broaden its military role officially went into effect last week, don't expect to see a large increase in overseas combat operations anytime soon, Sasakawa USA's Dr. Jeffrey Hornung said March 28 in an on-air interview with Al Jazeera America . Click here to read his analysis.

Looking back on Operation Tomodachi: In a recent article series from the Sankei Shimbun, Sasakawa USA's James Kendall reflected on his experience as the Marine liaison to the Japanese Self Defense Forces providing disaster relief during Operation Tomodachi. Click here to read the full translation of the series.

Trilateral summit tightens Asian leaders' resolve against North Korea: Japan and South Korea "have far more to gain when working in unison than when they are driven apart by differing interpretations of history," Sasakawa USA's Dr. Jeffrey Hornung said in a Kyodo News article about the two countries showing improved unity in addressing North Korea's nuclear ambitions. Click here to read the article.  
Japan Political Pulse: Abe remains strong ahead of major upcoming decisions 
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is entering a critical period in the life of his government. The good news for him is that opinion polls suggest he is entering this period in a position of strength, writes Sasakawa USA Fellow Tobias Harris. In his latest piece for Japan Political Pulse, Harris analyzes Abe's public support in the face of major upcoming decisions that lie ahead, contrasted against how the newly launched Democratic Party is faring in opinion polls.

Assertive Engagement: New report recommends an updated U.S.-Japan strategy for China

Sasakawa USA Chairman and CEO  Admiral Dennis Blair and Bonnie Glaser, Senior Advisor for Asia and Director of the China Power Project at CSIS, discussed security strategies and the Asia-Pacific last week at an event launching the release of "Assertive Engagement: An Updated U.S.-Japan Strategy for China." The report recommends an improved strategy for the United States and Japan towards China for the period through 2030.

"China's security policy over the next fifteen years will emerge from a complicated set of domestic developments, ambitions, and external events. Beijing is setting its own path to increase its influence and meet its objectives," Blair said. "The U.S.-Japan strategy for China needs to be updated to deal more with China as it is, not as we either wish or fear it would be."

True Stories from Japan: U.S.-Japan partnerships critical to building stronger advocacy programs

Tomoko Fukuda, who recently participated in Sasakawa USA's Civil Society Exchange Program, reflects on her experience and the importance of U.S.-Japan partnerships in building strong Civil Society Organizations and expanding the understanding of international development.
Q&A: Panasonic executives who participated in Sasakawa USA conference talk supply chains, counterfeits, and cyber threats

In this Q&A, Sasakawa USA's Admiral Dennis Blair talks with Panasonic executives Hide Kaneko and Merwan Mereby about the insights they imparted at a recent conference focused on promoting U.S.-Japan cooperation on " Supply Chains, Security and Cyber Risks." The conference was convened for U.S. and Japanese headquartered companies to share best practices and insights. The executive exchange was co-sponsored by Sasakawa USA and the Center for Responsible Enterprise And Trade ( CREATe.org).

In the first half of the Q&A, Hide Kaneko provides an overview of key issues facing Panasonic in working with supply chain partners. Then, Merwan Mereby talks about how the company is addressing security and cyber risks.
Upcoming events: April 2016
The cherry blossoms are in bloom, and so is our list of upcoming Sasakawa USA events! Not all events are open to the public ----- please view each listing for details.
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