On January 25, 2023, the Sasakawa Peace Foundation (SPF) in cooperation with Sasakawa Peace Foundation USA welcomed Admiral Philip S. Davidson, former Commander of U.S. Indo-Pacific Command (USINDOPACOM), to the foundation for an event entitled "The Role of the Japan-U.S. Alliance in the Indo-Pacific in 2023: Russia-Ukraine War and China
To begin the event, SPF President Atsushi Sunami outlined the challenges facing both Japan and the U.S., from the fallout from the shocking invasion of Ukraine by Russia just over a year ago to concern over China’s aggressive actions and threats from North Korea. “We have to face the reality that the world’s security environment is in a very difficult position,” he said, noting that he looked forward to further discussions about the diplomatic and security strategy that may be pursued by Japan and the U.S.
During the keynote address, Admiral Davidson underscored the central role of the Japan-U.S. alliance in facing challenges both in the Indo-Pacific region as well as around the world. “There is no more important alliance to the idea of a ‘free and open Indo-Pacific’ than the U.S.-Japan alliance,” said Admiral Davidson to begin his remarks, emphasizing the great strides that have been made in the alliance following the successful two-plus-two meetings held in Washington, D.C. earlier in January 2023.