March 9, 2016 - In This Issue:
Remembering the Great East Japan earthquake, five years later

This Friday marks the fifth anniversary of 3/11, when the most powerful earthquake ever to have hit Japan struck off the coast of the Tohoku region. As the disaster unfolded, a massive tsunami with waves up to 40 meters in height slammed into the coast, killing more than 15,000 people and contributing to the meltdown of nuclear reactors at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station.
To commemorate the fifth anniversary of the disaster, Sasakawa USA is hosting two events in Washington, D.C. The first, held Tuesday in coordination with the U.S.-Japan Council, was a full-day public forum on the disaster with discussions on the joint response and lessons learned for the future. Click here to read more about the event. 
On Friday, we will partner with the JET Alumni Association of Washington, D.C. to co-host a special screening of Tohoku Tomo 東北友 followed by a panel discussion. The documentary is described on its official website as "a story of true friendship and commitment to Japan's recovery by the international community following The Great East Japan Earthquake." We are honored to have special remarks from Mr. Tamaki Tsukada, the Minister of Public Affairs at the Embassy of Japan, along with Mr. Andy Anderson and Mrs. Shelley Fredrickson, parents of two JETs who were killed during 3/11. Click here to read more about this event.

Report: The U.S.-Japan Alliance to 2030: Power and Principle

The U.S.-Japan Commission on the Future of the Alliance released its final report, " The U.S.-Japan Alliance to 2030: Power and Principle," on February 29, 2016 at a press conference in Tokyo. The Commission, established in 2013 by the Sasakawa Peace Foundation and Center for Strategic and International Studies, proposes a
shared vision for the world that the United States and Japan seek in the next fifteen years, including a world in which all nations are secure, peaceful, prosperous, and free. The report proposes thirty-five policy recommendations for enhancing bilateral security ties.

Op-ed: Woody Island and China's self-defeating provocations in the South China Sea
China's deployment of surface-to-air missile launchers to the largest island in the Paracel chain has led to a spike in alarmist analysis. China's provocative act is being portrayed as a watershed indicator that it is bent on military dominance of the South China Sea.

But it is important to understand the facts and history to identify the true concerns, write Sasakawa USA Chairman Admiral Dennis Blair and Fellow Dr. Jeffrey W. Hornung in this op-ed that ran in The Washington Post last week.

Commentary: Trump and Japan: In economics and defense, Japan is an important ally, not a rival

Donald Trump says that he wants to "make America great again." If that's the case, why has he continuously lambasted Japan, the United States' most important military and economic partner in the world's most important region? Sasakawa USA Fellows Tobias Harris and Dr. Jeffrey W. Hornung take a look at what Trump gets wrong about Japan in this op-ed originally published in The National Interest. 
Japan Political Pulse: Cabinet approval continues to soften in latest polls
Two recent polls show that the Japanese cabinet's approval is once again in what can be described as a "softening" cycle, writes Sasakawa USA Fellow Tobias Harris in the latest Japan Political Pulse. New polls by the Yomiuri Shimbun and the Mainichi Shimbun both showed headline approval falling.

Event recap: The future of the U.S.-Japan alliance celebrated at first annual JUMP dinner 

The U.S.-Japan alliance will continue to strengthen in the future with the help of both military leaders and service members who support each other as friends and allies.

That was the message last Thursday at the First Annual JUMP dinner, which drew a large crowd of about one hundred people to the Army and Navy Club in Washington, D.C. The event celebrated the Japan-US Military Program's first year of bringing together those with the common bond of having served in Japan.  

Upcoming events: March & April 2016
The U.S.-Japan relationship is on showcase throughout March and April, when Sasakawa USA hosts numerous events on topics including supply chains, the future of renewable energy, women's rights in Asia, and depictions of Japan in film.

Not all events are open to the public ----- please view each listing for details. Here's a closer look:
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