September 17, 2018 - In This Issue:


The Alliance Working in America (TAWA) events highlighted U.S.-Japan ties in Atlanta, Georgia 

The third The Alliance Working in America (TAWA) program was held in Atlanta, Georgia, September 4-7. View a recap summarizing all of the events, both public and private, on the Sasakawa USA website. Also online are pictures (video coming soon) of the September 5  public panel discussion with the World Affairs Council of Atlanta, " Japan and Georgia, Growing Together ," which discussed the benefits of U.S.-Japan relations to the United States and the state of Georgia. Pictures and video are also viewable online for the September 6 event, co-hosted with the U.S. Department of State, the Japanese Consulate-General of Atlanta, and Georgia Tech, " Investing in Georgia's Workforce: A U.S.-Japan Dialogue ," which explored how local governments, Japanese and U.S. companies, and educational institutions can work together to prepare Georgia's future workforce.

For each TAWA installment, Sasakawa USA invites Washington D.C. experts to a new city and organizes a number of events with local partners on the importance of the U.S.-Japan alliance to American interests at the national and local levels. 

New Report: "Fighting in Maritime Gray Zone Warfare in East Asia"

In a new Sasakawa USA report, Distinguised Non-Resident Fellow Hideshi Tokuchi writes about how China's maritime expansion poses a threat to the sea's power to connect in East Asia. "Fighting in Maritime Gray Zone Warfare in East Asia discusses: first, China's gray zone warfare at sea; second, China's political warfare related to the sea; and third, measures Japan should take.

Sasakawa USA Forum: "Allied Against Natural Disaster?: The Need for Exceptional Disaster Relief Policy for the U.S.-Japan Alliance"

Sasakawa USA Forum Issue No. 14 looks at how the United States and Japan can better coordinate their response when natural disasters strike. Since the Great Eastern Japan Earthquake and Tsunami, the United States and Japan have taken steps to improve cooperation in disaster relief, but more recent relief operations have revealed lingering deficiencies. "Allied Against Natural Disaster?: The Need for Exceptional Disaster Relief Policy for the U.S.-Japan Alliance," by Michael Bosack, discusses these deficiencies and raises recommendations to address them.

The Sasakawa USA Forum is currently  accepting submissions   for 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  

In the News: Admiral Blair quoted in The Economist

Admiral Dennis Blair, Chairman of Sasakawa USA, was quoted in
The Economist  on September 6. Blair's comments were published in " Japan is worried about its alliance with America ," which examines the current state of the U.S.-Japan alliance in terms of both trade and security agreements. 
Event Recap: Congressional Alumni Reception

Sasakawa USA held a   Congressional Alumni Reception on August 30, 2018, at Kaz Sushi Bistro in Washington, D.C. The event, part of Sasakawa USA's Alumni Program, was held in partnership with the U.S. Association for Former Members of Congress - Congressional Study Group on Japan (FMC-CSGJ). Nineteen of our congressional alumni attended and heard remarks from, at left, Sabine Schleidt, CEO, Association of Former Members of Congress, David Nakamura,  Washington Post Reporter, Charles Boustany, Vice President, FMC, and Ambassador James Zumwalt, CEO of Sasakawa USA. 
Event Recap: "Implications of U.S. Trade Policy for Japanese-brand Automakers"

Manny Manriquez discussed " Implications of U.S. Trade Policy for Japanese-brand Automakers" at an off-the-record policy lunch discussion at Sasakawa USA on September 11, 2018. Manriquez, General Director of the Washington, D.C., office of the Japan Automobile Manufacturers Assocation, Inc., has delivered testimony to U.S. officials on the potential impact of Section 232 tariffs on the Japanese and U.S. economies. 
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