The Sasakawa USA Emerging Experts Delegation (SEED) Program focuses on engaging the next generation of U.S. policy experts and improving their understanding of U.S.-Japan relations. The program consists of three components: a series of pre-trip briefings that introduce U.S.-Japan relations, a week-long trip to Tokyo and post-trip opportunities for publication and networking.
Avascent Analytics’ Senior Market Analyst Alexander Alden participated in the latest trip that took place October 19 to 23. The delegation met with members of the Japanese Diet, media, ministries, Cabinet Secretariat, the National Institute for Defense Studies (NIDS) and the National Security Council as well as representatives of leading corporations and defense industry representatives to discuss developments in U.S.-Japan defense cooperation. The group also visited the Iruma Air Base, the largest Japanese Air Self-Defense Force base, to learn about Japan’s missile defense capabilities. The trip concluded with a roundtable discussion with Japanese scholars on U.S. and Japanese domestic challenges and regional security affairs.