December 22, 2016 - In This Issue:
Introducing Asia on Air, a new Sasakawa USA podcast

Asia on Air is a new Sasakawa USA podcast committed to analysis of the latest news in U.S.-Asia relations. Through the lens of the U.S.-Japan relationship, each episode features expert opinions on a variety of subjects ranging from security and foreign policy to economics and culture.

Join us for Episode 1 as host Brian Graf interviews Daniel Bob, Director of Programs and Senior Fellow at Sasakawa USA, who speaks on U.S.-Asia relations and the incoming Trump administration. 
Chairman's message: The future of the U.S.-Japan alliance 

In this edition of the Chairman's Message, Sasakawa USA Chairman and CEO Admiral Dennis Blair looks back on forty years of experience with U.S.-Japan relations and explains why, with this long and deep perspective on the Alliance, he can say without qualification that it is the strongest it ever has been - and how to continue to grow the relationship into the future.
Video: Securing Critical Resources in a New Green and Industrial Era   
On November 30, Sasakawa USA partnered with the Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Center at Stanford University to hold a conference to discuss and lay out the challenges, opportunities, and limitations of creating resilient supplies of critical materials. The event included expert roundtables on specific aspects of bringing rare metals from production to product.

Sasakawa USA plans to release a report based on the conference in 2017, but in the meantime if you missed the event you can watch it in full on our website. Videos courtesy of Shorenstein APARC. 
In the news: Opinions on President-elect Trump and Osprey aircraft
Experts give opinions on U.S.-Japan policies under President-elect Trump:  The U.S.-Japan alliance will remain strong under President-elect Trump, though some specific details could change over time, Sasakawa USA's Dr. Jeffrey Hornung told NHK in a news segment that aired on December 17 Click here to read more.
Reputation of Osprey aircraft drops in Okinawa following crash:  Despite an overall positive safety record, the Osprey has long been viewed on Okinawa as "the world's most dangerous aircraft" - a reputation that has been intensified by a recent crash on the island, Sasakawa USA's Dr. Jeffrey Hornung said in a December 16 article in the Marine Times .  Click here to read more.
Internship opportunities: Several openings available for Spring 2017

Sasakawa USA is currently accepting applications for Spring 2017 internships, which run from January through May, as well as one internship that transitions into a temporary staff position for summer 2017. 

Please view details about each position, application deadlines, and how to apply below.
Analysis: The U.S.-Japan economic relationship remains key under Trump

As Donald Trump prepares to assume office as the forty-fifth president of the United States on January 20, 2017, he will inherit an economic relationship between the U.S. and Japan that is as strong and intertwined as it has ever been, writes Sasakawa USA's Tobias Harris in this analysis .

The challenge for the new administration is to preserve and deepen this partnership, writes Harris, who takes a look at challenges and opportunities for both sides in the areas of trade, investment, growth, and exchange rates. 

Op-ed: The Onsen Summit: Why Abe is seeking a settlement from Russia 
Vladimir Putin, Russia's President, visited Japan on December 15 and 16 with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's ultimate goal of forging, at long last, a bilateral peace treaty formally ending World War II, something that has eluded the two sides due to a dispute over the sovereignty of four islands north of Japan that the Red Army seized two weeks after the war ended.

While the task is formidable and ongoing even after the summit, if the two leaders can resolve the territorial dispute, the path to a peace treaty will have been cleared. In this op-ed by Sasakawa USA's Tomohiko Taniguchi and Daniel Bob, Published in The National Interest prior to the meeting, the authors analyze relations between the two nations and the larger issues at stake.       

Event recap: Smart Grids and Cybersecurity
On December 2, Sasakawa USA in partnership with the James E. Auer U.S.-Japan Center brought together private and public sector experts from both the United States and Japan for an off-the record discussion of common challenges in cybersecurity and energy.

The group addressed issues including cybersecurity threats, modernizing electric grids to integrate conventional and renewable sources of electricity, expanding use of energy storage and distributed generation, and responding seamlessly to disruptions. Sasakawa USA plans to release a report based on the conference in 2017.
Commentary: A Plan B for the Trans-Pacific Partnership

Earlier this month, Japan became the first county to ratify the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement, which includes the United States and other countries representing almost 40 percent of global GDP. Yet Washington is poised to withdraw from the agreement with no ready alternative available.

One that holds great promise, however, is a bilateral free trade agreement between Japan and the United States, writes Sasakawa USA's Daniel Bob in this commentary article published on CSIS PacNet #93.
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Upcoming events: January 2017

Relations between Asian nations will be a major focus for us in January. We'll start out the new year with the U.S.-Japan-Korea Trilateral Symposium, at which students collaborate with experts on the future of trilateral cooperation; and less than a week later we'll be analyzing the results of public polling on the views of the Japanese, Chinese, and South Korean public on the future of Northeast Asia. Both events will discuss issues that have significant implications for the incoming Trump administration's Asia policy and the role of the United States in the region.
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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