About The Series
In the summer of 2017, the US-Asia Institute, in partnership with the US-Japan Caucus and with the help of Sasakawa USA, hosted the inaugural Japan 101 series of congressional briefings. This year, more than 200 congressional staff attended at least one Japan 101 briefing. Nearly 60 staffers received a Professional Development Certificate from USAI in recognition of their participation.
The three-session introductory series brought experts to Capitol Hill to introduce and discuss critical aspects of Japan and its strategic and economic significance. All sessions are open only to Congressional staff and include time for Q&A with the audience. Thank you to the institute’s Program Assistant, Jonathan Canfield, for all his work in developing this initiative.
At the first session of the inaugural Japan 101 Briefing Series, Ambassador James P. Zumwalt, CEO of the Sasakawa Peace Foundation, spoke about the current state of the US-Japan alliance and the importance of a strong relationship as both countries move forward.
The second installment of the 2017 Japan 101 Briefing Series featured two experts on Japan as keynote speakers: Dr. Mireya Solis, the Philip Knight Chair in Japan Studies at the Brookings Institution, and Dr. Sheila Smith, Senior Fellow of Japan Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations. The two experts spoke about Japan’s economic policy and domestic politics in the wake of the ongoing changes in the East Asian region.
At the third and final installment of the 2017 Japan 101 Series, Admiral Dennis Blair, who serves as the Chairman of Sasakawa Peace Foundation, Professor Andrew Oros from Washington College, and Professor Balbina Hwang from Georgetown University spoke about the security challenges surrounding Japan and the military aspect of the US-Japan relationship.