Monday, April 23, 2018

Sasakawa USA Fifth Annual Security Forum

We received the following message today:

Fifth Annual Security Forum
May 2, 2018, 8:30 AM to 6:00 PM

Sasakawa USA would like to invite you to its Fifth Annual Security Forum. This year's event will again see participation from experts who will address important security issues facing the U.S.-Japan alliance. The Annual Security Forum seeks to deepen the discussion on the U.S.-Japan alliance and its ability to respond to new challenges. 
Topics covered will include: North Korea's diplomacy and its nuclear and missile programs, the results of Sasakawa USA's recent U.S.-Japan-Korea trilateral table top exercise, Japan's engagement with the regional and global security environment, Japan's nuclear policy, the relationship between American and Japanese national defense policies, and U.S.-Japan cooperation in countering cyber threats.

9:00 AM Welcoming Remarks and Amb. Shinsuke Sugiyama Keynote Address
9:30 AM North Korea: Recent Developments
10:40 AM Trilateral Cooperation in a North Korea Contingency: Results of a TTX
12:00 PM Japan's Increasing Regional and Global Security Engagement
1:00 PM Defense Industrial Cooperation
2:10 PM Japan's Nuclear Security Policy
3:10 PM The United States' National Defense Strategy and Japan's Defense Strategy
4:20 PM U.S.-Japan Collaboration Countering the North Korean Cyber Threat
5:20 PM Closing Remarks

  • Amb. Kazutoshi Aikawa, Deputy Chief of Mission, Embassy of Japan to the U.S.
  • ADM Dennis Blair, Chairman, Sasakawa USA
  • Ms. Elaine Bunn, Former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Nuclear and Missile Defense Policy, Department of Defense
  • LTG In-Bum Chun, Retired General  in the Republic of Korea Army, Former Visiting Fellow, Brookings Institution
  • Mr. Richard Edwards, Executive Vice President, Lockheed Martin
  • Dr. Michael J. Green, Senior Vice President for Asia and Japan Chair, CSIS
  • MAJ Michael Klipstein, PhD, Research Scientist and Chief of Outreach, Army Cyber Institute
  • Mr. Richard Ledgett, Former Deputy Director, National Security Agency
  • Dr. James A. Lewis, Senior Vice President, CSIS
  • Ms. Katrina Manson, U.S. Foreign Policy and Defense Correspondent, Financial Times
  • Mr. Jim Mitre, Principal Director, Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Strategy & Force Development, Department of Defense
  • Dr. Kongdan (Katy) Oh, Senior Asia Specialist, Institute for Defense Analyses
  • Prof. Andrew Oros, Professor of Political Science and International Studies,Washington College
  • Dr. Masakatsu Ota, Senior Feature Writer, Kyodo News
  • Ms. Sayuri Romei, Associate Fellow for Security and Foreign Affairs, Sasakawa USA
  • Mr. Bud Roth, Non-Resident Fellow for Cybersecurity, Sasakawa USA
  • Mr. Wataru Sawamura, Washington D.C. Bureau Chief, Asahi Shimbun
  • Amb. David Shear, Former Assistant Secretary for Asian and Pacific Security Affairs, Department of Defense
  • Dr. Sheila A. Smith, Senior Fellow for Japan Studies, Council on Foreign Relations
  • Ms. Megan Stifel, Cybersecurity Policy Director, Public Knowledge
  • Amb. Shinsuke Sugiyama, Ambassador of Japan to the United States
  • Mr. Sugio Takahashi, Chief, Policy Simulation Division, National Institute for Defense Studies
  • ADM Tomohisa Takei, Distinguished International Fellow, Naval War College
  • Mr. Nobuo Tanaka, President, Sasakawa Peace Foundation
  • Ms. Yuki Tatsumi, Director, Japan Program, Stimson Center
  • Dr. Sue Mi Terry, Senior Fellow, Korea Chair, CSIS
  • Mr. Hideshi Tokuchi, Distinguished Non-Resident Fellow, Sasakawa USA
  • Mr. Hideaki Watanabe, Former Acquisition, Technology & Logistics Agency Commissioner, Ministry of Defense
  • Mr. Tsuneo Watanabe, Senior Fellow, Sasakawa Peace Foundation
  • Mr. Robert Work, Former Deputy Secretary of Defense, Senior Fellow for Defense and National Security, Center for New American Security
  • Amb. James Zumwalt, Chief Executive Officer, Sasakawa USA

Thursday, April 5, 2018

U.S. Career Forum 2018 (May 12; New York)

U.S. Career Forum 2018 (in New York)
May 12 (Sat.), 2018
* All positions in the U.S. using Japanese
* All students with legal U.S. work permission welcome (including OPT candidates graduating by December 2018)
* Travel scholarship available
* Participating companies include Amazon Web Services, Disney Parks & Resorts, IACE Travel, IIJ America, ITO EN, JTB USA, Inc., Kamakura Shirts and more.

Sunday, April 1, 2018

Japanese Imperial Abdication and Enthronement Dates Set

According to Nisshin Global, the Abe Administration announced on March 30 that it is planning to take the following schedule for Emperor Akihito’s abdication and Prince Hironomiya’s ascension to the throne:

February 24, 2019 ----- Ceremony of the 30th anniversary of Emperor Akihito’s Reign

End of February 2019 ----- Announcement of New Emperor’s Era after Heisei(平成)

April 30, 2019 ----- Traditional ceremony of the abdication of Emperor Akihito

May 1, 2019 ----- Traditional ceremony of the enthronement of New Emperor Hironomiya

October 22 and 23, 2019 ----- Public announcement of the enthronement of Emperor Hironomiya and reception to receive greetings from Prime Minister and international heads of state

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Sasakawa USA's Fifth Annual Security Forum

Sasakawa USA's Fifth Annual Security Forum
May 2, 2018
The Willard InterContinental Washington   


WASHINGTON, D.C. -----  Sasakawa USA is pleased to announce its Fifth Annual Security Forum, taking place in at the Willard InterContinental in Washington, D.C. on May 2, 2018. This day-long conference will bring together a range of experts from government, business, academia, and think tanks to discuss relevant topics in Asian security from the context of the U.S.-Japan alliance.

For more information on Sasakawa USA's Annual Security Forum, click here to visit our webpage. More information will be released as the date of the Fifth Annual Security Forum approaches.

Evolving Traditions: Paintings of Wonder from Japan

I received this from the Japan Information and Culture Center:

"I would like to extend an invitation to you, your colleagues, and your students to the JICC's headliner exhibition for the 2018 National Cherry Blossom Festival, "Evolving Traditions: Paintings of Wonder from Japan," an exhibition of captivating works by modern artist Yuki Ideguchi alongside rarely-seen masterpieces of traditional Japanese paintings from the Embassy collection. This exhibit takes visitors through a history of ever-evolving paintings, dating from the 6th century to the present time, whose common threads lie in the use of traditional and unique pigments, materials, and techniques. More information can be found on our website, or in the newsletter forwarded below. The exhibition is free and open to the public, and will run from March 28 to May 25, Monday through Friday, 9AM - 5PM, excluding holidays.

Also, if you and/or your colleagues and students plan on coming, please feel free to let me know ahead of time, as I’d be happy to offer a mini-guided tour, if you happened to be interested. Additionally, we will  be hosting an opening lecture event tonight at 6:30 PM at the JICC, and there will be an open studio at the Smithsonian Freer | Sackler this Saturday, March 31 from 12PM to 4PM."

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Internship Opportunity at the JICC, Embassy of Japan

I received the following today from the JICC:

"I wanted to inform you of an internship opportunity we have at the Japan Information & Culture Center (JICC), Embassy of Japan in Washington, DC, that may be of interest to your students. The JICC, Embassy of Japan is seeking one unpaid, part to full time intern (12-35 hours/week) for Summer 2018 (Deadline to apply: April 8, 2018) and another for Fall 2018 (Deadline to apply:  July 29, 2018).

The JICC is part of the Public Affairs section of the Embassy of Japan in Washington, DC. Our primary role is to promote a better understanding of Japan and Japanese culture by providing a wide range of information and events to the American public, particularly in the DC Metropolitan area. We strive to build bridges between US and Japanese culture through activities such as film screenings, art exhibitions, lectures, workshops, digital content, and education programs. The JICC is a gateway for connecting the American public to Japan, and interns have many opportunities to participate in these efforts."

Summer 2018:


Fall 2018:

Monday, March 26, 2018

New Japan-themed film at the Landmark E Street Cinema: Ramen Heads

"RAMEN HEADS! The film profiles Japan’s reigning “ramen king” Chef Osamu Tomita and is an amazing ode to the art, philosophy and culture of ramen. In case you missed it, check out our trailer here:
The LA Times described “ode to noodles” has been critically lauded from Village Voice’s “exquisite” review or Bon Appetit’s declaration that the film is “as satisfying as a bowl of ramen”. Our first two weeks in theaters have been a huge success with sold-out screenings AND ramen pop-up shops across the country."