Videos

  • Japan–U.S. Program

    2020.01.17

    “Diversity in Leadership: The Journey of Asian American State Legislators in 2019” ―A Panel Discussion with U.S. State Legislators―

    The Sasakawa Peace Foundation and the U.S.-Japan Council co-hosted a panel discussion with six distinguished Asian American state legislators from diverse backgrounds who are participating in the 2019 Asian American Leadership Delegation (AALD) program.

    The AALD program is co-organized by the U.S.-Japan Council and the Sasakawa Peace Foundation, with support from the National Asian Pacific American Caucus of State Legislators. The AALD program gives selected state-elected Asian American officials the opportunity to visit Japan for one week to meet and exchange ideas with Japanese political, governmental, business and community leaders at both the national and local levels. It aims to enhance mutual understanding and network building between Japan and the United States.

    The panel discussion was moderated by Mrs. Nobuko Sasae, President of Nobuko Forum Japan, and the delegates talked about their respective political and personal journeys in the United States.

  • Ocean Policy Research Institute

    2020.01.08

    Keynote Speech from "Rollout Symposium of the IPCC Special Report on the Ocean and Cryosphere in a Changing Climate (SROCC)"

    *Please jump to the 12:51 mark for the keynote speech delivered by Dr. Hans-Otto Pörtner.

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    The Ocean Policy Research Institute of the Sasakawa Peace Foundation (OPRI-SPF) co-hosted the "Rollout Symposium of the IPCC Special Report on the Ocean and Cryosphere in a Changing Climate (SROCC)" with the Ministry of the Environment on October 15, 2019, in Tokyo. In the symposium, Dr. Hans-Otto Pörtner (Co-Chair, Working Group II, IPCC / Professor, Head of the Department of Integrative Ecophysiology at the Alfred Wegener Institute) and several authors of SROCC from Japan and other countries in Asia gave presentations on the latest scientific findings indicated in the report.

    The video presents the keynote speech delivered by Dr. Pörtner, as shown from the 12:51 mark. In addition, it includes the opening and special remarks (in Japanese) delivered by Dr. Atsushi Sunami (President, OPRI-SPF) and Mr. Tamaki Tsukada (Director-General for Global Issues/ Assistant Minister, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan), respectively.

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  • Ocean Policy Research Institute

    2019.12.13

    Highlights: International Symposium Commemorating the 25th Anniversary of Japan-Palau Diplomatic Relations

    H.E. Tommy Remengesau Jr., President of the Republic of Palau, recently visited SPF to speak about Palau’s progressive ocean policies, the work of the High-Level Panel for a Sustainable Ocean Economy, and plans for the 7th Our Ocean Conference to be hosted by Palau in August 2020. You can watch highlights of the president's speech as well as additional comments by H.E. Faustina K. Rehuher-Marugg, Minister of State, Republic of Palau, and H.E. Francis M. Matsutaro, Ambassador of the Republic of Palau to Japan.

  • International Peace and Security Department

    2019.10.31

    Is the Japan-U.S. Alliance Unfair? Comparisons between U.S. Alliances in Europe and Asia

    Under the “America First” motto, U.S. President Donald Trump has continued to criticize the U.S. alliance with Japan as unfair and demand greater military and financial investment from allies around the world. Against this backdrop, SPF in collaboration with the Casimir Pulaski Foundation of Poland has conducted a series of comparative analyses to compile balance sheets outlining the strengths and weaknesses of U.S. allies in Asia and Europe.

    On October 24, 2019, SPF welcomed the authors of this research to Tokyo for discussions comparing Japan's relative strengths and weaknesses with other U.S. allies, with the ultimate goal of uncovering strategies for maintaining the Japan-U.S. alliance moving forward.


    For more on the speakers, please visit the event page.

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  • Ocean Policy Research Institute

    2019.09.30

    TICAD VII Side Event 2: Conservation, restoration, and sustainable use of blue carbon ecosystems

    From August 27-28, 2019, the Ocean Policy Research Institute (OPRI) of the Sasakawa Peace Foundation (SPF) organized two side events on the sidelines of the Seventh Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD 7) in Yokohama. The second side event focused on the latest developments in blue carbon and explored potential avenues for international collaboration.

  • Ocean Policy Research Institute

    2019.09.30

    TICAD VII Side Event 1: Promoting a sustainable blue economy in Africa

    From August 27-28, 2019, the Ocean Policy Research Institute (OPRI) of the Sasakawa Peace Foundation (SPF) organized two side events on the sidelines of the Seventh Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD 7) in Yokohama. The first OPRI side event assembled a panel of experts and government officials to discuss opportunities for promoting the blue economy in Africa.

  • International Peace and Security Department

    2019.09.12

    SPF China Observer: A new U.S.-China Cold War? A look at China’s true intentions

    On July 24, 2019, SPF hosted a public forum entitled “SPF China Observer: A new U.S.-China Cold War? A look at China’s true intentions.” From escalating trade frictions to technological competition, the ongoing confrontation between the U.S. and China continues to affect not only economic relations, but also spans into the security and political realms as well.

    In the face of extreme pressure from the U.S., China also appears to be setting the stage for a long-term battle. Given these circumstances, what are China’s ultimate objectives, and how will the country act moving forward? To address these questions and more, the forum assembled a panel of specialists in Chinese politics, economics, society, diplomacy, and security for in-depth discussions.

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  • Asia Social Integration

    2019.08.21

    Panel Discussion on Reconsidering “Masculinity” in Japan and East Asia - Men’s Share! Care! Fair!

    The Sasakawa Peace Foundation conducted a survey on men in Japan, Seoul, Taipei, Shanghai, and Hong Kong that discovered an unconscious adaptation strategy wherein men are adopting their authority and masculine identity at a time of changing expectations. This result brings up key questions such as how do men approach domestic affairs and child rearing, and what is the potential impact on a gender equal society?

    In this short video of the panel discussion, top experts in men and masculinity studies as well as fatherhood research, Professor Futoshi Taga, Professor Kimio Ito, and Professor Masako Ishii-Kuntz, discussed “masculinity” in today’s Japan and East Asia.

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  • Middle East and Islam Program Department

    2019.08.20

    Lecture by Ambassador Jean-Christophe Peaucelle

    As part of the “Promoting the Understanding of Islam in Japan” project, Ambassador Jean-Christophe Peaucelle, the Advisor for Religious Affairs in the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs, gave a lecture at SPF about his work navigating the intersection between religion and diplomacy.

    For more about the Middle East and Islam Program Department at SPF: https://www.spf.org/en/programs/islam/

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  • Middle East and Islam Program Department

    2019.07.04

    Lecture by H.E. Dr. Masoumeh Ebtekar, Vice President for Women and Family Affairs of the Islamic Republic of Iran

    Iranian Vice President for Women and Family Affairs Dr. Masoumeh Ebtekar recently gave a speech at SPF highlighting the results from a joint research project between the foundation and Iran focusing on women's entrepreneurship.

    Also, in the context of escalating tensions with the U.S., she outlined Iran's stance on sanctions, the country's expectations for the international community, and other challenges in the region.

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