Sasakawa USA Newsletter March 30, 2020
Included in this issue of the newsletter:

  • Message from Sasakawa USA's Chairman
Activities
  • The Alliance Working in America (TAWA) series goes to Utah
  • Discussion with Utah Representative Tim Hawkes
  • Policy Lunch featuring Ambassador James Zumwalt
  • Sasakawa USA Emerging Experts Delegation (SEED) post-trip roundtable
  • Inaugural JUMP event at USAFA in Colorado Springs a success
  • Trilateral Cyber Security Commission presents its recommendations at RSA Conference
Publications
  • Trilateral Cyber Security Commission publishes commentaries on 5G and the Internet-of-Things security
  • In-depth recap: "Helping a Friend in Need: An Insider’s View of the U.S. Response to Japan’s 2011 Triple Disaster"
Upcoming Events
  • JUMP Events in Norfolk and San Antonio postponed due to COVID-19 crisis
Announcements
  • Sasakawa USA welcomes new Advisory Committee members
Message from Sasakawa USA's Chairman
All of us at Sasakawa Peace Foundation USA offer heartfelt sympathy to all those who have been directly afflicted by COVID-19.  

We are facing one of the most difficult times in our lifetime, the battle with serious invisible threats. While this is a public health challenge, it is also quickly compounding challenges on a global scale, encompassing politics, economy, society, and national security.

Sasakawa Peace Foundation USA introduced telecommuting, like many, to ensure safety of our staff, their families, and others in our communities. All public meetings and events have been postponed or cancelled since March 12. However, we are prepared to continue to fulfill our mission – Deepening understanding and strengthening relations between the U.S. and Japan in the Indo Pacific context with global issues in mind .  We have taken steps for our staff to work remotely and efficiently in a safe environment so that we can adjust to the new challenges and realities. There will be new difficulties, which we have not seen, but we will do our best to cope with the situation. We will refrain from having public meetings and events for the foreseeable future. However, it does not mean Sasakawa Peace Foundation USA halts operations. 

In an effort to engage with you in this new digital work environment, Sasakawa Peace Foundation USA will find meaningful ways to keep in touch with you. For starters, we have just posted a meeting memo from Ambassador Zumwalt’s recent Policy Lunch on how the U.S. and Japan worked together to meet the challenges posed by the Great East Japan Earthquake in 2011 and lessons learned. It is a touching look at what good can come from tragedy when we come together to tackle unbelievable challenges. 

Countries are divided and isolated rather than united under the current global political environment. As a result, the battle to beat COVID-19 has been mostly fought individually, domestically, and unilaterally. Perhaps there are lessons we can learn from the resurgence of strength in the U.S.-Japan relationship following the Great East Japan Earthquake in 2011 that can be applied to battling COVID-19 in a global context. With the world’s number one and three economies, and advanced public health resources, we are better off working together than a part. 

Let’s stay safe and well together. We will come through this together.  
The Alliance Working in America (TAWA) series goes to Utah
On March 10-11, 2020, following Governor Gary Herbert’s trade mission to Japan, Sasakawa USA organized its sixth installment of The Alliance Working in America (TAWA)   program, this time in Utah. Sasakawa USA brought together experts on policy, trade, and Japanese business as speakers to engage the local community on U.S.-Japan issues through a series of public programs. This included an event on the Importance and Impact of the US-Japan relationship, especially in Utah, in addition to a workforce development event, aimed at identifying the strengths and opportunities for economic collaboration between Utah and Japan. These events were co-sponsored by Utah Council for Citizen Diplomacy, the World Affairs Councils of America (WACA), the Consulate-General of Japan in Denver, and Utah Valley University’s Office of Global Engagement.

For a full recap of the events, go here .  

Photo - Left to Right: Shanti Shoji (Director of Programs, SPFUSA), Dr. Satohiro Akimoto (Chairman and President, SPFUSA), Miles Hansen (CEO and President, World Trade Center Utah), Amb. James Zumwalt (Distinguished Senior Fellow [Non-Resident], SPFUSA), Felecia Maxfield-Barrett (Executive Director, Utah Council for Citizen Diplomacy), Lee Carter (CEO and President, Rakuten Bank America), Yasuhiro Uozumi (Executive Director, Keidanren USA), Franz Kolb (Director for International Trade and Diplomacy, World Trade Association Utah)
Discussion with Utah Representative Tim Hawkes
On March 10, 2020, as part of The Alliance Working in America (TAWA) series, Sasakawa USA staff, the TAWA Utah delegation, and program partners including Utah Valley University, the World Affairs Councils of America, and Keidanren participated in a discussion with Rep. Tim Hawkes (Utah House of Representatives, District 18) and Chuck Gates (International Affairs Coordinator, Utah State Legislature). The parties exchanged views on Utah’s perceptions of Japan (and vice versa), the increasing economic importance of “the Beehive State” and its rapid growth, and future opportunities for Utah-Japan collaboration in the wake of the governor’s recent trade mission to Tokyo. The TAWA series aims to connect Washington, D.C. policy experts with regional leaders and the general public across the country to facilitate discussion around the importance of the U.S.-Japan alliance to national and regional interests.

Photo from left to right: Shanti Shoji (Director of Programs, Sasakawa USA), Dr. Baldomero Lago (Chief International Officer, Utah Valley University), Yasuhiro Uozumi (Executive Director, Keidanren USA), Chuck Gates (International Affairs Coordinator, Utah State Legislature), Rep. Tim Hawkes (Utah House of Representatives, District 18), Bill Clifford (President and CEO, World Affairs Councils of America), Dr. Satohiro Akimoto (Chairman and President, Sasakawa USA)
Policy Lunch featuring Ambassador James Zumwalt  
On March 5th 2020, Sasakawa USA welcomed our Distinguished Senior Fellow (Non-Resident) Ambassador James Zumwalt to deliver a timely presentation on, “ Helping a Friend in Need: An Insider’s View of the U.S. Response to Japan’s 2011 Triple Disaster”. This talk was presented through our Policy Lunch series . Attendees included distinguished guests from the Washington D.C. diplomatic corps, academia, business, and the media. Sasakawa USA’s Chairman and President , Dr. Satohiro Akimoto gave opening remarks and moderated the Q&A session.
 
The luncheon was held to commemorate the 9 th anniversary of the earthquake and tsunami that struck the seabed off Japan’s northeast coast on March 11, 2011. At the time, Ambassador Zumwalt was serving as the Deputy Chief of Mission for the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo. He spoke about the U.S. government’s civilian response to the disaster and shared lessons learned from the experiences.
 
While the COVID-19 pandemic is significantly different in many ways, many of Ambassador Zumwalt’s lessons are still relevant today. For a full recap of the event, go here

Photo - Left to Right: Amb. Kazutoshi Aikawa (Deputy Chief of Mission, Embassy of Japan in the USA), Mr. Jim Heller (Director, Office of Japanese Affairs, Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs, U.S. Department of State), Amb. James Zumwalt (Ret.) (Distinguished Senior Fellow [Non-Resident], SPFUSA), Ms. Cindy Wee (Deputy Chief of Mission, Embassy of the Republic of Singapore), Dr. Satohiro Akimoto (Chairman of the Board and President, SPFUSA)
Sasakawa USA Emerging Experts Delegation (SEED) post-trip roundtable
On March 6, 2020, SPFUSA hosted a post-trip roundtable for the Sasakawa USA Emerging Experts Delegation (SEED) that travelled to Japan in December 2019 to explore democracy support in Japan. This post-trip roundtable brought together several of the delegation’s participants, as well as Asia experts in the democracy assistance community to discuss the participants’ findings from their study mission in Japan. Participating experts included Manpreet Singh Anand, Regional Director for Asia-Pacific, National Democratic Institute; and Johanna Kao, Regional Director for Asia, International Republican Institute. The group covered topics such as the historical evolution of Japanese democracy assistance and what U.S. institutions can do going forward to further engage with Japan as a collaborative partner on global democratic institution-building.

Photo - Left to Right: Satohiro Akimoto (Chairman of the Board and President of SPFUSA), Johanna Kao (Regional Director for Asia, International Republican Institute), Bakhtiyor Nishanov (Regional Deputy Director Eurasia, International Republican Institute), Chris Doten (Chief Innovation Officer, National Democratic Institute), Siddharth Divakaruni (Program Assistant, SPFUSA), Shanti Shoji (Director of Programs) SPFUSA, Paul Rothman (Project Manager, Center for International Media Assistance, National Endowment for Democracy), Sefakor Ashiagbor (Senior Advisor, Political Party Programs, National Democratic Institute), Eunice Ha (Senior Program Manager for Asia, National Democratic Institute).
Inaugural JUMP event at USAFA in Colorado Springs a success
The Japan-U.S.Military Program (JUMP) held its inaugural event in Colorado Springs, Colorado, on Saturday, February 29, 2020, at the Falcon Club on the campus of the United States Air Force Academy (USAFA). The event was co-sponsored by the National Association of Japan America Societies (NAJAS) and the Japan-America Society of Southern Colorado (JASSC).
 
The event began with introductory remarks from Mr. Robin Lawrentz, President of JASSC, and Mr. Peter Kelley, President of NAJAS. Two keynote addresses were given by the Honorable Ms. Midori Takeuchi, Consul-General of Japan in Denver, and Lieutenant General John Dolan, U.S. Air Force (Ret.). Speaking to the many service members and Cadets in the audience, CG Takeuchi said, “you have been at the forefront in building and maintaining the strong relationship enjoyed by our two countries. With shared values of freedom, democracy and human rights, and the rule of law, the Japan-US Alliance has long played and will continue to play an integral role in ensuring peace, security and prosperity in our countries and in the Indo Pacific region.”
 
Lt Gen Dolan discussed the alliance from his perspective as the former Commander of U.S. Forces Japan and shared personal stories to help explain his strong connection to Japan. He also took questions from the audience. Many of the questions touched on how the U.S.-Japan alliance is evolving to meet contemporary challenges.
Colonel Houston Cantwell, Vice-Superintendent of USAFA and our JUMP Director Captain Chris Rodeman , U.S. Navy (Ret.) also made short remarks. The second half of the event featured a catered reception and traditional taiko drum performance by Denver Taiko. Founded in 1975, Denver Taiko was one of the first taiko groups established in the United States.

Approximately 120 guests attended the event. Many of those in attendance were faculty and Cadets from the USAFA with an interest in Japanese language, culture, or the U.S.-Japan alliance. Other attendees included active-duty and retired service members from the local community, their family members, and members of JASSC. 

Photos from the event can be found at the JUMP website and here .

Top Photo - Left to Right: Satohiro Akimoto (Chairman of the Board and President, SPFUSA), Peter Kelley (President, National Association of Japan America Societies), Robin Lawrentz, (President, Japan America Society of Southern Colorado), Hon. Midori Takeuchi, (Consul-General of Japan in Denver), Lt Gen John Dolan (Ret.) (USAF), Paul Maruyama (distinguished citizen and author), Chris Rodeman (JUMP Director, SPFUSA)
T rilateral Cyber Security Commission presents its recommendations at RSA Conference
The U.S. Commissioners of the Trilateral Cyber Security Commission (TCSC), a project of SPFUSA, presented their report National Security Strategy for 5G: Findings & Recommendations on Meeting the 5G Challenge at the 29th annual RSA Conference on February 25, 2020. The RSA Conference is one of the most prestigious cybersecurity expositions in the world. This year, more than 36,000 attendees, 704 speakers and 658 exhibitors gathered at the Moscone Center in San Francisco to explore the Human Element in cybersecurity through hundreds of keynote presentations, track sessions, tutorials, seminars and special events. Some of the most pressing topics included privacy, machine learning, and artificial intelligence.

ADM Dennis Blair, USN (Ret.), Distinguished Senior Fellow (Non-Resident) at SPFUSA, and Bud Roth, Non-Resident Fellow for Cybersecurity at SPFUSA, along with TCSC Commissioners the Hon. Michael Chertoff and Art Coviello discussed their report during an hour-long panel. The panel was moderated by Christy Wyatt, President and CEO of Absolute. A video of the panel can be seen on YouTube video here .
Trilateral Cyber Security Commission publishes commentaries on 5G and the Internet-of-Things security
Sasakawa USA published two new commentaries in March from TCSC Commissioners ADM Dennis Blair (Ret.), the Hon. Michael Chertoff, Art Coviello, and William “Bud” Roth. The first, titled "Immediate Change to Our 5G Strategy is Needed ," asserts that the U.S. should establish a common approach with like-minded allies for dealing with 5G security issues, and that this will require a more comprehensive framework and flexible set of mitigation options. The second, titled "Follow Japan’s Lead on IoT Security ," argues that regulators in the United States and other advanced economies must institute product standards for IoT devices that address minimum cybersecurity requirements. Both are available to read on our website .

Image credit -   mohamed Hassan  from  Pixabay
In-depth recap: "Helping a Friend in Need: An Insider’s View of the U.S. Response to Japan’s 2011 Triple Disaster"
On March 5th 2020, Sasakawa USA welcomed one of our Distinguished Senior Fellows (Non-Resident) Ambassador James Zumwalt to deliver a talk on, Helping a Friend in Need: An Insider’s View of the U.S. Response to Japan’s 2011 Triple Disaster. The policy luncheon was held to commemorate the 9 th anniversary of the earthquake and tsunami that struck the seabed off Japan’s northeast coast on March 11, 2011. Due to the tremendous value of what he discussed, Sasakawa USA is publishing an in-depth recap of his talk, written by Sasakawa USA Program Officer, Joy Champaloux. Please go here to read this touching look at the lessons learned and strength built between the U.S. and Japan to overcome the challenges Japan faced. 
JUMP events in Norfolk and San Antonio postponed due to COVID-19 crisis
On March 18th and March 21st, JUMP was planning to hold its first-ever events in Norfolk, VA and San Antonio, TX, respective ly. Unfortunate ly, we decided to cancel both of those events as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and associated precautions regarding large group gatherings.

The Norfolk event was being planned in cooperation with  the Commander of Navy Region Mid-Atlantic, Rear Admiral Charles “Chip” Rock. The San Antonio event was a partnership with NAJAS and the Japan-America Society of San Antonio. We are working with our partners to reschedule these events when safety and funding will permit.
Sasakawa USA welcomes new Advisory Committee members
Three distinguished leaders have joined the inaugural launch of Sasakawa Peace Foundation USA’s Advisory Committee on Projects. With their wealth of knowledge and expertise, they will enhance SPFUSA’s contribution to the U.S.-Japan relationship by providing input and advice on formulating and designing various initiatives.

Below are some of the highlights of each member’s illustrious careers (in alphabetical order):

Secretary Randall Schriver
Secretary Schriver is the Chairman of the Board of the Project 2049 Institute and a strategic advisor to Pacific Solutions LLC. He is also a lecturer for Stanford University’s “Stanford-in-Washington” program and Board of Directors of the US-Taiwan Business Council. Just prior, he served for two years as the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Indo-Pacific Security Affairs where he led a team of nearly one hundred professionals and was the principle advisor to the Secretary of Defense on matters related to the Indo-Pacific region.

Ambassador Kurt Tong
Ambassador Tong is a Partner at The Asia Group, where he leads the firm’s work in Japan and the broader East Asia region. A leading expert on diplomacy and economic affairs in East Asia, Ambassador Tong brings thirty years of experience in the Department of State as a career Foreign Service Officer and member of the Senior Foreign Service. While in the foreign service he served in various leadership positions in Manila, Tokyo, Beijing, Seoul, and Hong Kong, as well as U.S. Ambassador for APEC. In addition, he served as the Director for Asian Affairs at the White House National Security Council.

Ambassador Melanne Verveer
Ambassador Verveer is the Director of Georgetown University’s Institute for Women, Peace and Security. She serves on the boards of the Atlantic Council, the National Endowment for Democracy and the Center for Budget and Policy Priorities, as well as the World Bank Advisory Council on Gender and Development. In 2009, President Obama nominated Ambassador Verveer to be the first U.S. Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women’s Issues. He also appointed her to serve as U.S. Representative to the UN Commission on the Status of Women. 
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