Top Defense Officials and New Japanese Ambassador to Speak on U.S.-Japan Relations

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S.-Japan Council (USJC) will host a briefing and networking reception on Monday, Dec. 3 focused on the U.S.-Japan security alliance and more broadly, the U.S.-Japan bilateral relationship following the 2012 presidential election.

Featured Speakers:

Kathleen H. Hicks, Principal Deputy Under Secretary for Policy, U.S. Department of Defense
Admiral Samuel J. Locklear, III, Commander, U.S. Pacific Command (USPACOM)
Ambassador Kenichiro Sasae, Japanese Ambassador to the United States

Thomas R. Nides, Deputy Secretary, U.S. Department of State

The briefing will focus on the outlook and projection for the U.S.-Japan bilateral relationship in 2013. Dr. Hicks is responsible for advising the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy and the Secretary of Defense on all matters pertaining to the development and execution of U.S. national defense policy and strategy. She will speak about the recent strategic pivot to the Asia Pacific region while Admiral Locklear will provide a military theater perspective.

Ambassador Sasae arrived in Washington, DC in November, replacing Ambassador Ichiro Fujisaki. Monday’s briefing will mark one of his first official speaking engagements since his arrival. He is the first vice foreign minister to serve as the nation's top envoy to the United States in 11 years.

Senator Daniel K. Inouye, who serves on the USJC Board of Councilors, will also make brief remarks and Deputy Secretary of State Thomas R. Nides will speak at the reception. The program will be moderated by Glen S. Fukushima, Senior Fellow, Center for American Progress. Fukushima also serves on the U.S.-Japan Council Board of Councilors.

The U.S.-Japan Council is an educational 501(c) 3 non-profit organization dedicated to promoting people-to-people connections as crucial to a strong U.S.-Japan relationship. The Council brings together diverse leadership, engages stakeholders in the bilateral relationship and explores issues that benefit communities, businesses and government entities on both sides of the Pacific.

Media Information:

Date & Time: Monday, Dec. 3, 2012 - 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. briefing/ 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. networking reception
Location: The Fairmont Hotel - 2401 M Street NW, Washington, DC 20037 (Briefing – Executive Forum Room) (Reception – Colonnade Room)