February 2, 2017 - In This Issue:
Ambassador James P. Zumwalt named Sasakawa USA's next CEO

Sasakawa USA is proud to announce that Ambassador James P. Zumwalt will be its Chief Executive Officer starting February 20, 2017. Ambassador Zumwalt has been the United States Ambassador to the Republic of Senegal and the Republic of Guinea-Bissau for the past two years, the capstone of a 36-year distinguished career in the United States Foreign Service.

Ambassador Zumwalt has extensive experience in U.S.-Japan relations. Since his first Foreign Service assignment in Japan to the United States Consulate General in Osaka-Kobe in 1983, Ambassador Zumwalt has served in a variety of assignments for the State Department related to East Asia. Most recently, he was responsible for policy towards Japan and Korea as Deputy Assistant Secretary, advancing the President's agenda for Pacific Rim engagement. 
Commentary: On Mattis' trip to Asia, Japan's trade opportunity, and denuclearizing North Korea  
Mattis' mission in Japan, South Korea: This week, U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis arrives in Asia to visit South Korea and Japan, writes Sasakawa USA's Dr. Jeffrey Hornung in an op-ed published by CNN. Policymakers in both capitals have been shaken by statements Donald Trump made while campaigning for President. It is now Mattis' job to reassure them of US commitments and return the trajectory of alliance relations back to pre-2016 presidential campaign rhetoric. Click here to read more.

Japan's opportunity to lead on trade: Just hours before Donald Trump's full-throated embrace of protectionism in his inaugural address, Japan became the first country to ratify the Trans-Pacific Partnership, writes Sasakawa USA's Tobias Harris in this op-ed published in the Wall Street Journal. Days later, the new U.S. president issued an executive order pulling America out of TPP. Despite this and other setbacks, Japan remains well-suited to advance both a regional and global integration agenda. Click here to read more.

Encouraging Japan to go nuclear won't denuclearize North Korea: During his Presidential campaign, Donald Trump said that a nuclear-armed Japan might not be a "bad thing" for the United States "because of the threat of North Korea." In a recent op-ed, Charles Krauthammer seemed to agree. Sasakawa USA's Daniel Bob asserts in this op-ed that both are wrong. Click here to read more.

Report: The U.S.-Japan alliance and roles of the Japan Self-Defense Forces: Past, present, and future
Sasakawa USA published a new report on the role of the Japan Self-Defense Forces (JSDF) in the U.S.-Japan Alliance on January 30. Aside from its domestic status, valuation, and recognition by the public, the JSDF is confident that it has been cooperating with the U.S. Armed Forces as a substantial military organization in the international arena, since the end of World War II. 
Unfortunately, most Japanese citizens do not recognize the significance of its past contributions. Considering this reality, this report assesses what roles the JSDF has played and how it has contributed to sustaining and expanding the U.S.-Japan alliance.  
In the News: An expanding role for Japan: An interview with Admiral Dennis Blair   
Developments including the Chinese military buildup, the Brexit issue in Europe, and the election of Donald Trump as U.S. President provide Japan with a range of challenges going forward. Nippon.com recently sat down with Sasakawa USA Chairman and CEO Adm. Dennis Blair to discuss why Japan's relationship with the United States remains a bulwark in the Asia region, and why he expects it to increasingly take a leading role in such areas as defense, diplomacy, and the world economy.
Japan Political Pulse: Japanese public's unease about U.S.-Japan relationship grows, but so does support for efforts to preserve it
When U.S. Secretary of Defense James Mattis arrives in Japan on February 3, he will have to provide reassurance to an ally whose people are increasingly worried that Japan will not be able to rely on the U.S. as it has in the past, writes Sasakawa USA's Tobias Harris in the latest from Japan Political Pulse.

A new round of public opinion polls shows that public anxiety about the future of the U.S.-Japan relationship has worsened since Trump was inaugurated on January 20. However, voters also support a bid by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to find common ground with the Trump administration.
Event Recap: Public opinion on the future of Northeast Asia
On January 11, Sasakawa USA, in partnership with The Genron NPO - a Japanese think-tank dedicated to promoting democracy in Japan - hosted a public forum to present its bilateral, trilateral, and quadrilateral survey poll results for the first time in the United States. The forum was an opportunity to discuss political and diplomatic issues that will arise in Northeast Asia based on the region's public opinions of each other.
Presentation: Ten tools every cyber cop needs

What tools are necessary for law enforcement officers to successfully convict cybercriminals? In this presentation,  William "Bud" Roth, Non-Resident Fellow for Cybersecurity at Sasakawa USA, details a capability assessment model for computer crime.

The presentation includes advice on the key components of building a criminal case involving cyber crime, detailing the legal process, technical means, and evidence gathering required. Each step of the process is accompanied by a relevant, real-world example. 

News: Sasakawa USA's JUMP program partners with Yokosuka Group
Sasakawa USA's Japan-US Military Program (JUMP) is pleased to officially announce a formal partnership with the  Yokosuka Council on Asia-Pacific Studies (YCAPS) . YCAPS aims to promote the study of strategic, diplomatic, and legal issues affecting the Asia-Pacific Region, and this partnership allows JUMP to extend its outreach to service members in Japan. 
Click here to view all upcoming events from both JUMP and YCAPS, or click here to read more. 
Maritime Awareness Project: Joint development or permanent maritime boundary: The case of East Timor and Australia
On January 9, 2017, Australia and Timor-Leste (also known as East Timor) entered a new chapter in their maritime disagreement with the release  of a trilateral joint statement signed by the two relevant parties and the Conciliation Commission that was constituted pursuant to Annex V of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS). 
In this new chapter, both the parties and the international legal community will have to reconsider the core issues underlying the disagreement, writes author Nguyen Hongthao in the latest analysis from the Maritime Awareness Project. 

Sasakawa USA Forum: Accepting submissions for papers on
U.S.-Japan relations

In order to gain a more comprehensive view of U.S.-Japan relations, the Sasakawa USA Forum offers experts outside Sasakawa USA a chance to bring their work to a wide audience.

The Sasakawa USA Forum is now accepting submissions for future publication. Submissions should be 750 to 2,000 words in length and written on issues that previously have been inadequately covered regarding Japan or U.S.-Japan relations from a bilateral, regional, and global context. Submissions are accepted on a rolling basis, and the submission deadline for winter 2017 is February 10. Authors of accepted submissions will receive a modest honorarium.  To submit an article for consideration, please contact Research Assistant Graham Dietz at  gdietz@spfusa.org .
  Upcoming events: February through April
This winter, Sasakawa USA offers a range of events to get you out of the cold. Not all events are open to the public -----      check each event link for details and view our events page for new listings as they get posted. 
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