Opening Keynote & Networking

Sunday, September 20th, 5:30PM PDT
Link will be sent on September 18th.

We will kick off the weeklong Transitions event with opening remarks from PNWJETAA, USJETAA and the Consulate General of Japan, Hisao Inagaki. Then, Satu Limaye, Vice President and Director or East-West Center in Washington, will give a keynote address on his personal connection to Japan and Seattle, the impact of foreign affairs on Seattle’s local economy, global trade between Japan and Washington state, and other factors that contribute to strong Seattle-Japan ties. He will also touch on how the United States and Japan benefit from their trade partnership both on a local and global scale, as well as challenges and issues that will require U.S.-Japan cooperation. Following the keynote, participants will join small breakout sessions to network with attendees, and speakers. 

Keynote sponsored by Sasakawa USA.

Keynote Speaker

Satu Limaye is Vice President of the East West Center (EWC), serving concurrently as Director EWC in Washington and the Asia Matters for America initiative. He is Founding Editor of the Asia Pacific Bulletin. He is also Senior Advisor, Center for Naval Analyses (CNA) and Senior Fellow on Asia History and Policy at the Foreign Policy Institute at Paul H. Nitze School of International Studies (SAIS). He is a graduate of Georgetown University and received his doctorate from Oxford University (Magdalen College) where he was a George C. Marshall Scholar. 

Though not a Japan specialist, Japan has been key to Dr. Limaye’s professional work. Until he was named a Henry Luce Scholar and assigned to the Japan Institute of International Affairs (JIIA) in Tokyo, Dr. Limaye primarily focused on the Middle East (Lebanon and Israel) and provided analytical support to Japanese utility companies with civil nuclear power programs.  He worked at JIIA for just over three years. His publications on Japan include Japan in a Dynamic Asia (co-edited with Yoichiro Sato), Tokyo’s Dynamic Diplomacy: Japan and India and Pakistan’s Nuclear Tests, US-Japan Relations and Southeast Asia: Meeting Regional Demands, and Japan and the Indian Ocean (forthcoming).

Earlier, Dr. Limaye served on the research staff of the Strategy, Forces & Resources Division at the Institute for Defense Analyses (IDA) and Director of Research & Publications at the Asia Pacific Center for Security Studies. He publishes and speaks widely on Asia-Pacific regional issues and supports various foundation, fellowship and professional organizations.