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Geostrategy in the Grassroots


  In 2013, NAJAS and The Sasakawa Peace Foundation developed the concept of "Japan Update Through Japan-America Societies", to provide public affairs updates across the US. In the six years of the program from 2013 to 2019, 44 "Japan Update" programs were held in 15 cities; Atlanta, Cincinnati, Columbus, Dallas/Fort Worth, Houston, Indianapolis, New York, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Portland (Oregon), St. Louis, San Francisco, Seattle, Southern California and Washington DC.  
  In 2019, SPF and NAJAS decided to partner on a new public affairs program focusing on the geostrategic challenges Japan and the US face in a changing Asia. A rising China, North Korea and the re-emergence of Russia, among others, present new challenges to both countries, at a time when the US is reconsidering its global engagement. SPF and NAJAS feel that this series is an important contribution to understanding of the alliance, especially when undertaken outside Washington DC. The series involved events in five different cities, hosted by local JAS, each event composed of two recognized experts, one from each country, in a discussion format. We named the series "Geostrategy in the Grassroots".  
  The current program year (April 1, 2020 - March 31, 2021) is the second year of the Geostrategy in the Grassroots series, and the eighth combining the Japan Update series. We will add more information as soon as possible. Please check back for the upcoming events.  

Geostrategy in the Grassroots (Year Two):

The Japan-America Society of Georgia
 Date: March 25, 2021
 Title: US-Japan Now: Geostrategy in a New World
 Speakers: Koji Murata
Sheila Smith
Yoshi Domoto
Japa-America Society of Greater Austin
 Date: March 24, 2021
 Title: Indo-Pacific Security and Multilateral Strategic Cooperation: Past, Present and Future
 Speakers: Nobukatsu Kanehara
David Shear
Patricia Maclachlan
Japan-America Society of Pennsylvania
 Date: March 18, 2021
 Title: A Resilient U.S. - Japan Alliance in 2021 and Beyond
 Speakers: Toshihiro Nakayama
Abraham Denmark
Kay Shimizu
Dyron Dabney
Japan Society of New Orleans
 Date: March 4, 2021
 Title: Geostrategic Challenges Facing the US & Japan in 2021 +
 Speakers: Tomohiko Satake
Richard Fontaine
Peter Kelley
Japan America Society of Greater Cincinnati
 Date: March 2, 2021
 Title: The Impact on Japan of Geostrategic Challenges in Asia: Two Perspectives
 Speakers: Hiroyuki Akita
Jacob Schlesinger
Joe Dehner
Japan Society of Northern California
 Date: February 8, 2021
 Title: Japanís Changing Role in Asia: Opportunities and Challenges
 Speakers: Hiroyuki Akita
Thomas Berger
Robert Madsen
Larry Greenwood
Japan America Society of Michigan and Southwestern Ontario
 Date: December 10, 2020
 Title: US-Japan-China Relations Post 2020 & Implications for the Auto Industry
 Speakers: Yasuhiro Matsuda
Bonnie Glaser
Bernard Swiecki
Japan America Society of St. Louis
 Date: December 2, 2020
 Title: The Security Situation in North Asia in a Post COVID World
 Speakers: Ken Jimbo
Randall Schriver
Jim Talent
Japan-America Society of Central Ohio
 Date: November 17, 2020
 Title: Geostrategy in the Grassroots
 Speakers: Aiko Doden
Kent Calder
Peter Kelley

Geostrategy in the Grassroots (Year One):

The Japan Society of Boston
 Date: March 6, 2020
 Speakers: Takako Hikotani
Mireya Solis
Peter Kelley
Japan/America Society of Kentucky
 Date: March 5, 2020
 Title: The Evolving Japan - U.S. Alliance
 Speakers: Kunihiko Miyake
James Schoff
Peter Kelley
The Japan America Society of Chicago
 Date: February 27, 2020
 Title: Geostrategy: Japan and the US
 Speakers: Narushige Michishita
Richard Samuels
Edward Grant
Japan-America Society of Tennessee, Inc.
 Date: February 12, 2020
 Title: Tennessee-Japan Forum 2020
 Speakers: Yoshihide Soeya
Sheila Smith
Peter Kelley
Japan-America Society of North Carolina
 Date: February 3, 2020
 Title: 2020 JASNC Speaker Series in the Triangle Securing Freedom and Liberty in the Pacific
 Speakers: Ryo Sahashi
Richard Fontaine
Peter Kelley
  NAJAS and our members are grateful to The Sasakawa Peace Foundation for its support for this program. A unique partnership to create a public affairs program series with national impact, The "Geostrategy in the Grassroots" program is integral to the mission of promoting and strengthening mutual understanding between the United States and Japan.  
The Sasakawa Peace Foundation

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