Friday, April 1, 2016

Cherry Blossom Festival discussion on US films about Japan

Evolution of American Perceptions on Japan:
Through Films
Celebrating over 70 years of friendship between Japan and the United States

Wednesday April 6, 2016 from 11:30 AM to 2:30 PM EDT
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The Mayflower Hotel, East Room
1127 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20036
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Sora Choi
Program Assistant
Sasakawa USA
(202)296-6694 ext. 103

As an official program of the National Cherry Blossom Festival, Sasakawa Peace Foundation USA invites you to celebrate more than 70 years of friendship between the United States and Japan with a clip reel viewing, panel discussion and audience Q&A looking at films that portray Japan and Japanese people. 

The event will feature a clip reel screening of American movies about Japan ranging from the faraway and mysterious Japan of 100 years ago through the wartime enemy to the strong ally of today. An esteemed panel of film critics and Japan experts will then discuss the progression of U.S.-Japan relations over the years through these films.

Lunch will be served. Seating will be allocated on a first-come, first-serve basis.

11:30-11:50 PM  Registration & Lunch

11:50-12:00 PM  Welcome Remarks
  • Admiral Dennis C. Blair (USN, ret.), Chairman and CEO, Sasakawa USA 
12:00-13:00 PM  Keynote Speech
  • Masanori "Mashi" Murakami, Former Major League Baseball Player for the San Francisco Giants (first Japanese player to play for MLB)
13:00-14:15 PM  Clip Reel Viewing & Panel Discussion

  • Frederick H. Katayama, Anchor and Producer, Reuters 
  • Jeffrey Lyons, Emmy Award-Winning Movie Critic 
  • Yoko Narahashi, Casting Director and Producer for The Last SamuraiMemoirs of a Geisha and Emperor 
  • Dr. Sheila Smith, Senior Fellow for Japan Studies, Council on Foreign Relations
14:15-14:30 PM  Audience Q&A

Sasakawa Peace Foundation USA, 1819 L Street, NW, Suite 300, Washington, DC 20036

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