Featured Alumna
Nadya T. Bliss, PhD

Director, Global Security Initiative, Arizona State University
Professor of Practice, School of Computing, Informatics, and Decision Systems Engineering
What is your expertise?
I have spent my career in defense and security focused research and development, first at MIT Lincoln Laboratory and now at Arizona State University's Global Security Initiative (GSI). At GSI, we focus on the most complex, multi-faceted problems in security, including cyber security, resource security, and health security. 

How did you become involved with Sasakawa USA?
My close colleague and collaborator at New America, the Honorable Sharon Burke, got me engaged. I participated in the Sasakawa USA Emerging Experts Delegation (SEED) focused on resource security this past March. I am incredibly thankful for that experience.

What are you currently working on? 
GSI's new Center for Human, Artificial Intelligence, and Robotic Teaming focuses on the technology, methods, and implications of humans and autonomous agents working together. ASU has also just been selected to lead a new U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) Center of Excellence in Accelerating Operational Efficiency. This new Center will be jointly housed between GSI and the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering. So it has been a busy time!   

How has learning about Japan affected your work? 
The SEED delegation was incredibly productive in many ways. For me though, I found it most helpful to learn about and compare/contrast Japan's innovation ecosystem with that of the U.S.  Also, I have thought about potential tri-lateral collaborations between U.S., Australia, and Japan (we have a partnership with The University of New South Wales).        

What is your favorite aspect of Japan?
I have now visited Japan a couple of times and I am consistently impressed by the meticulous attention to detail. That precision is present in everything - interpersonal interactions, policy, communication, cuisine, architecture, etc. This culture communicates respect through every action - respect both for fellow humans and the world that surrounds us.
Want to be featured in our next issue?
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Featured Articles
Chairman's Message: The 2+2 meeting that did not happen 
Dennis Blair, Chairman, Sasakawa USA
In this Chairman's Message, Sasakawa USA Chairman Admiral Dennis Blair discusses the postponed "2+2" meeting between the U.S. secretaries of state and defense and Japan's ministers of foreign affairs and defense, and explains that the postponement does not reflect any deterioration of U.S.-Japan relations.

In Japan, 'soul searching' after years of disaster
Umair Irfan, Reporter, ClimateWire
Published by E&E News on June 29, 2017
The aftereffects of the March 11, 2011 disasters are forever prevalent in Fukushima as J apan works to meet its target of cutting emissions 26 percent below 2013 levels by 2030 under the Paris climate accord . This is one article in a series Umair is publishing about his December 2016 trip to Japan as the first recipient of Sasakawa USA's Journalism Fellowship with the  International Center for Journalists (ICFJ).

True Stories from Japan
"A True Gentleman"
David Lee, Program Assistant, Sasakawa USA
As a Korean, David Lee thought he had a good understanding of Japanese culture and norms. Yet, while traveling through Hokkaido, David found himself moved by the kindness of a Japanese stranger after getting into a difficult predicament when his plans went astray.
Program Updates
The Alliance Working in America (TAWA) Launched in Houston, TX
JET Alumni who attended TAWA: Houston event
From September 13 to 14, Sasakawa USA took a group of foreign policy and energy experts from Washington, D.C. to Houston, TX to launch our inaugural The Alliance Working in America (TAWA) series. As part of TAWA in Houston, we organized a number of events in partnership with local organizations to engage local leaders, media, businesses and students on U.S.-Japan relations to generate greater awareness among current and future leaders in Houston about the importance U.S.-Japan ties to Houston, Texas and the United States. More than 400 participants including the JET Program alumni in Houston attended the panel discussion we co-organized with the World Affairs Council of Greater Houston, and the East-West Center in Washington on  The U.S.-Japan Partnership on Energy, Business, and the Challenges of China and North Korea .

Seth Berkman named Sasakawa USA's Journalism Fellow 2017

Mr. Seth Berkman has been selected to participate in a 19-day, fully sponsored reporting trip to Japan this fall. He is a contributing reporter at the New York Times and is interested in examining the perception of Asian athletes in the U.S.   
Past Events
Reflections on the U.S.-Japan 2+2 Dialogue: A Discussion with Andrew Winternitz and Julie Chung
Sep. 07, 2017
Sasakawa USA held an off-the-record, private policy lunch on Thursday, September 7 on the implications of August's "2+2" U.S.-Japan Security Consultative Committee meeting. Julie Chung of the U.S. Department of State and Andrew Winternitz of the U.S. Department of Defense shared remarks at this lunch. Sasakawa USA CEO Ambassador James Zumwalt moderated the discussion.

Interpreting Abe's New Cabinet Choices and Assessing the Impact
Aug. 04, 2017
Sasakawa USA held a private policy lunch talk with the Wall Street Journal's Jacob Schlesinger and Sasakawa USA's Economy, Trade, and Business Fellow Tobias Harris, who discussed the ramifications of the cabinet reshuffle for Abe's premiership, his security and economic policies, and the future of the LDP.

Kizuna Across Cultures: Global Classmates Summit
Jul. 28 - Aug. 05, 2017
Kizuna Across Cultures hosted its first Global Classmates Summit in Washington, D.C. last month with support from Sasakawa USA and other sponsors. The event brought together students from Japan and the U.S. for cultural exchange.
Visit our  events page  and  past events page  for the full listings of Sasakawa USA's upcoming and past events.
Publish Through Sasakawa USA
True Stories from Japan
True Stories from Japan is an occasional blog featured on the Sasakawa USA website that compiles reflections from one's travels to Japan. Topics range in interest from policy to culture and everything in between.
Articles should be accompanied by your biography, a head-shot photo of you, and a picture relating to the article (if you have one). Please e-mail  Juliane Doscher if you are interested.
Article Submission
Sasakawa USA is now featuring articles written by alumni on the  Sasakawa USA Blog. The articles must be relevant to U.S.-Japan relations and will be reviewed before posting online.
Articles should be submitted to  Juliane Doscher for review and should be accompanied by your biography, and a head-shot photo of you. If you would like the article to be posted in full, we will need permission from the original publisher.
Sasakawa USA Forum
The  Sasakawa USA Forum is a new platform for research and analysis related to Japan and U.S.-Japan relations in a bilateral, regional, and global context. In order to gain a more comprehensive view of U.S.-Japan relations, the Sasakawa USA Forum offers experts outside Sasakawa USA as well as our esteemed alumni a chance to bring their work to a wide audience.
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 contex t. Authors of accepted submissions will receive a modest honorarium.  Click here for details.