April 12, 2017 - In This Issue:
Second Annual Alumni Dinner explores the role of think tanks

On March 23, 2017, Sasakawa USA held its  Second Annual Alumni Dinner  featuring a special panel discussion on "The Future Role of Think Tanks and Implications for U.S.-Japan Relations." The private reception was an annual celebration of Sasakawa USA's  Japan Alumni Program , which is offered exclusively to those who visited Japan under programs organized or sponsored by Sasakawa USA and its sister organizations, as well as to friends and partners in the U.S.-Japan community who have collaborated with the foundation on other projects and events. 
Announcement: Now accepting applications for the EWC-Sasakawa USA Congressional Staff Program on Asia

Applications are now being accepted for the Congressional Staff Program on Asia, a bipartisan educational certificate program that aims to equip Congressional staffers with greater knowledge of U.S.-Asia policy. 
The program is administered by the East-West Center in Washington with support from Sasakawa USA, and consists of a weekly series of luncheon talks on Capitol Hill in June and July, 2017. The deadline to apply is May 1, 2017.
Japan Political Pulse: Social attitudes survey and archived data from JFY2016 
Survey finds broad satisfaction, but concerns on economic opportunity and security: The Japanese cabinet office recently issued the  results of its annual social consciousness survey, which surveyed 10,000 Japanese citizens - with replies from 5,993 - in January and February for attitudes about social values, impressions and concerns about Japanese society, and overall feelings about how Japan is governed.  Click here to read more.

JPP Archive from Japanese Fiscal Year 2016: Japan Political Pulse aggregates major opinion polls conducted by Japanese media outlets in order to provide a more accurate picture of the Shinzo Abe government's public approval rating. An archive chart is now available showing the changes in Abe's ratings throughout JFY2016. Click here to access the archives.

In the News: Pessimism towards China, insights on the Trump-Xi summit, and maritime security in the Asia-Pacific

Adm. Dennis Blair addresses pessimism towards China: Pessimism in response to the rise of China is bad for the Navy and for U.S. interests in the Asia-Pacific, said Admiral Dennis Blair, Chairman of Sasakawa USA, to an audience of military and defense contractors on April 4.  Click here to read more.  

Amb. Zumwalt talks U.S.-China relations and the
Trump-Xi summit:  As Chinese President Xi Jinping considered his first formal meeting with President Donald Trump, he may have looked to the success of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's summit with Trump as a winning formula, Sasakawa USA's Ambassador James Zumwalt said in a Q&A article with Jiji Press published on the eve of the Trump-Xi meeting at Trump's Mar-a-Lago Club.  Click here to read more.

The future of maritime security in East Asia and the Japan-U.S. alliance: East Asian maritime security is pivotal to peace and prosperity in the entire Asia-Pacific, said Hideshi Tokuchi, Distinguished Non-Resident Fellow at Sasakawa USA, as the keynote speaker at a March 27 event at Harvard University. 

Mr. Tokuchi's seminar focused on the importance of maritime security in the Asia Pacific, the current security situation in maritime Asia, the future of U.S. engagement in East Asia, and ways in which the U.S.-Japan alliance can enhance the rules-based international order. 
Click here to read more.
Maritime Awareness Project: A Code of Conduct for the South China Sea: Effective Tool or Temporary Solution?

The massive land reclamation in the Spratly and Paracel Islands, the HYSY-981 incident in an area where China's and Vietnam's claimed exclusive economic zones (EEZ) overlap, and the lingering disagreement over ownership of Scarborough Shoal have all proved that the 2002 ASEAN-China Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the South China Sea is overdue for replacement by a more comprehensive and binding Code of Conduct in the South China Sea, writes Hong Thao Nguyen in the latest article from the Maritime Awareness Project (MAP).  MAP is a joint project run by Sasakawa USA and the National Bureau of Asian Research.
Sasakawa USA Journalism Fellowship: Recipient writes first in series of articles on Japan's energy and climate change policies 

The first airliner designed and built in Japan in more than forty years took off for the first time there in late 2015 before hundreds of onlookers, lifted by promises of going farther with less fuel, writes Umair Irfan, 2016 recipient of the Sasakawa USA Journalism Fellowship. 

His article on Japan's aircraft industry is the first in a series of articles on Japan's role in the energy market, which he reported on as part of the Fellowship, which  offers U.S.-based journalists the chance to travel to Japan and conduct field reporting that on policy challenges facing the country.

Click here to read more about the fellowship, and click here to read Mr. Irfan's article.
Job opportunity: Program Assistant for the Education program

Sasakawa USA is currently accepting applications for a Program Assistant (twelve-month contract) for the Education program. The Program Assistant will provide programmatic and administrative support to the Associate Program Officer, and assist with event planning and execution and communications. The deadline to apply is April 28, 2017. 

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 spring 2017 is May 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.

Click here for more details.
Reminder: Last chancec for applications to 2017-18 Sasakawa USA APSA Congressional Fellowship Program   
Applications are now being accepted for  the 2017-18 Sasakawa USA Congressional Fellowship Program. Every year, one Fellowship is sponsored through the American Political Science Association's Congressional Fellowship Program, the nation's oldest and most prestigious Congressional fellowship. 
The Fellowship provides a unique opportunity for recipients to serve in a Congressional office and gain hands-on experience in the U.S. legislative process.  The deadline to apply is  April 15, 2017.  
  Upcoming events: May 2017
Security in the Asia-Pacific has been a hot topic with the recent Trump-Xi summit and North Korea's missile tests. These topics and others will be addresses in our upcoming Security Forum. Please    check our events page for event details and new listings as they get posted. 
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