April 19, 2019 - In This Issue:

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Upcoming Event: Sixth Annual Sasakawa USA Security Forum on April 24

On April 24, 2019, Sasakawa USA will host its Sixth Annual Security Forum at the Willard InterContinental Hotel in Washington, D.C. The day-long event will feature key experts and officials from government, business, think tanks, and academia as they discuss and debate future challenges for the United States and Japan.

Topics will include: Indo-Pacific grand strategy, economic influence and competition in the Indo-Pacific region, Japan's new National Defense Program Guidelines, Japanese society and security and the role of the Self-Defense Forces, as well as a conversation with current U.S. and Japanese government officials on relevant issues. Please RSVP to attend. The event will be live-streamed; Sasakawa USA will also tweet during the day from @SasakawaUSA using the hashtag #USJapanSecurity.

New book: The New National Defense Program Guidelines: Aligning U.S. and Japanese Defense Strategies for the Third Post-Cold War Era

Sasakawa USA published a new book this month, The New National Defense Program Guidelines: Aligning U.S. and Japanese Defense Strategies for the Third Post-Cold War Era, edited by Dr. Sayuri Romei, Fellow for Security and Foreign Affairs, Sasakawa USA, and James Schoff, Senior Fellow, Asia Program, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.

In this volume, a bilateral group of Japanese and American scholars and defense officials examine the policy implications of the new NDPG. They analyze the global changes in the post-Cold War security environment that stimulated adjustments to Japan's defense policy, identify the common challenges faced by the two allies, and emphasize the opportunities for cooperation between the United States and Japan.

For more information, to download a PDF, or to learn how to obtain a print copy, please click here.

Event Recap: Cherry Blossom Festival Event: U.S.-Japan Leadership and Collaboration in Emerging Technologies
Photo by Joy Asico

Sasakawa USA presented an innovative public discussion on April 2 highlighting " U.S.-Japan Leadership and Collaboration in Emerging Technologies .Approximately 130 attendees heard from Silicon Valley experts on the prospects for autonomous vehicles in the United States and how U.S. and Japanese companies, policymakers, and technology experts can work together to promote and govern the application of self-driving technology. 

The event also featured a robot to provide a few opening remarks and a cherry blossom-themed reception with Japanese appetizers, tea and wagashi demonstrations.  The event was held as a part of the 2019 National Cherry Blossom Festival and took place in the Mayflower Hotel's District Ballroom. To view a video and pictures, visit the event page

Event Recap: The Alliance Working in Kentucky 

Sasakawa USA took a delegation of experts from Washington, D.C., to Kentucky from March 5-7, as part of its fourth installment of The Alliance Working in America (TAWA) series.  The Alliance Working in Kentucky delegation visited Louisville and Lexington to underline the importance of U.S.-Japan relations to the United States and Kentucky.

Sasakawa USA held two public discussions. On March 6, 2019, Sasakawa USA co-hosted a public panel discussion, " The U.S.-Japan Alliance Working in Kentucky, " with the World Affairs Council of Kentucky and Southern Indiana and the World Affairs Councils of America in partnership with the East-West Center in Washington and Japan-America Society of Kentucky.  On March 7, 2019, Sasakawa USA, the Consulate-General of Japan in Nashville, and the World Affairs Council of Kentucky and Southern Indiana, and the World Affairs Councils of America co-sponsored " Japan-Kentucky Collaboration: Developing the Bluegrass Workforce and Economy, " in partnership with World Trade Center Kentucky and Japan/America Society of Kentucky.

As with previous TAWA programs, the delegation also visited local universities to provide lectures and respond to interviews.

Chairman's Message: After Hanoi, Back to Basics
Image by Виктория Бородинова from Pixabay

In his latest Chairman's Message for Sasakawa USA, After Hanoi, Back to Basics, Admiral Dennis Blair evaluated the Trump administration's efforts with North Korea. Blair urged the United States to get back to basics, both in policy towards North Korea and in the nation's overall Asian policies. "When the United States and its allies need to act together in serious crises, it is because of shared interests and commitments, not because of the size of host-nation support payments," Blair wrote.

Upcoming Events

Join Sasakawa USA for upcoming events in Washington, D.C., and Tokyo focused on U.S.-Asia relations. Please check our events page for event details and new listings as we post them.

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