Tuesday March 8, 2016 from 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM EST
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The Army and Navy Club 
901 17th St NW
Washington, DC 20006

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Christa Desrets 
Sasakawa Peace Foundation USA
(202) 296-6694 ext. 118 

The United States and Japan: Reassessing 3-11
Commemorating the fifth anniversary of the Great East Japan Earthquake

We have limited seating and camera space reserved for media. Please click below
to register and let us know which sessions you will be able to attend.

On March 11, 2011, the most powerful earthquake and tsunami ever to have hit Japan struck off the coast of the Tohoku region. The disaster killed more than 15,000 people and contributed to the meltdown of nuclear reactors at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station.

To commemorate the fifth anniversary of the “3-11” triple disaster now known as the Great East Japan Earthquake, Sasakawa USA in coordination with the U.S.-Japan Council will hold a full-day discussion in Washington, D.C. on March 8 to reflect on the disaster and the joint response to it – the only such event being hosted in the United States. This event has a very limited section for press, and we would like to extend an invitation for you to attend.

The conference will include panel discussions with American and Japanese experts and officials, with an emphasis on presenting analysis of the actual events on 3-11 and Operation Tomodachi. Panel topics will include recollections of the disaster by those present, a look at the initial response, details on the Fukushima Daiichi meltdown, and lessons learned on disaster prevention and response.

This event is by invitation only and registration is limited -
RSVP now to reserve your spot!


March 8, 2016

8:00     Registration and Continental Breakfast 

9:00     Welcome 
Adm. Dennis Blair, USN (ret.), Chairman and CEO, Sasakawa USA 

9:05     Video presentation

9:15     Panel I Recollections of 3-11
Chair: James Durand, formerly of Morgan Stanley, Tokyo
Dr. Kamal Ramani, former Tokushukai Disaster Medical Team Physician, Minami Sanriku City
Yukari Sekiguchi, former Lead Anchor, Fukushima Television
Sayaka Gammon, former JET, Fukushima City

10:15   Panel II Initial Response
Chair: Dr. Jeffrey Hornung, Fellow for Security and Foreign Affairs Program, Sasakwa USA
Amya Miller, Special Advisor, City of Rikuzen Takata
LtGen. Burt Field, former Commander, USFJ
Hideki Matsunaga, formerly of Japan Platform, an NGO
Suzanne Basalla, Executive Vice President & COO, U.S.-Japan Council, former Senior Advisor to Amb. Roos

11:15   Coffee Break

11:30   Panel III Operation Tomodachi: the View from Tohoku
Chair:  LtCol. James Kendall, USMC (ret.), Fellow for Common Challenges, Sasakawa USA;
former Liaison Officer to JTF Tohoku
Col. Christopher Coke, USMC, former Chief of Staff, USFJ (FWD)
Col. Makoto Kasamatsu, JGSDF, former Chief Coordinator at Sendai Airport
LtCol. Karl Rohr, USMC (ret.), PhD, former Operations Officer, USFJ (FWD), Sendai

12:30   Luncheon

1:00     Luncheon Address
Moderator:  Suzanne Basalla, Executive Vice President & COO, U.S.-Japan Council
Amb. John Roos, former U.S. Ambassador to Japan

1:45     Panel IV Fukushima Dai Ichi
Chair: LtGen. Wallace “Chip” Gregson, USMC (ret.), former Assistant Secretary of Defense for Asia-
Pacific and South Asian Affairs

Gen. Ryoichi Oriki, former Chairman, Joint Staff Office, JGSDF
Chuck Casto, former Deputy Regional Administrator for Construction, Region II, Nuclear Regulatory Commission
Akihisa Shiozaki, Attorney at Law, Risk and Crisis Management/ Compliance, Nagashima Ohno &   Tsunematsu

2:45     Coffee Break

3:00     Keynote: “Five Years After 3-11”
Moderator: Adm. Dennis Blair, USN (ret.), Chairman and CEO, Sasakawa USA
Goshi Hosono, former Minister for the Restoration from and Prevention of Nuclear Accidents

3:30     Panel V: US-Japan Cooperation on Disaster Prevention and Response - Lessons Learned from

Chair: Dr. Charles Aanenson, CEO, Peace Winds America
LtGen. Noboru Yamaguchi, JGSDF (ret.), former Advisor to the Prime Minister
Timothy Greten, Deputy Director, Technological Hazards Division, FEMA

4:30     Break – adjourn to the Ball Room

4:45     Cocktails and Reception