Japan and Georgia, Growing Together

From India to Chile, four-star Admiral Dennis Blair commanded 380,000 soldiers, sailors, Marines, airmen, Coast Guardsmen and Department of Defense civilians. He was responsible for all U.S. military activities in the Indo-Pacific, covering more than 50 percent of the world’s population. As Director of National Intelligence, he led sixteen national intelligence agencies. Now retired, ADM Blair serves as chair of the Sasakawa Peace Foundation USA, which is dedicated to improving US-Japan relations.

On September 5, the World Affairs Council is partnering with the Sasakawa Peace Foundation USA, the East-West Center and the World Affairs Councils of America to host a luncheon at The Commerce Club. With his extensive experience in Asia and specifically in Japan, Admiral Blair will share his insights in a dynamic fireside chat on the importance of the US-Japan relationship, not just geopolitically but for Georgia. An expert panel will then follow to discuss Japan's economic relationship with Georgia.

Why Georgia and Japan?

Georgia exported $1.36 billion to Japan in 2017. Japanese-affiliated companies have invested $10.4 billion in Georgia, where 547 Japanese-affiliated companies operate and employ more than 36,000 workers.  


  • Admiral (ret) Dennis Blair, former Director of National Intelligence; former Commander in Chief of the U.S. Pacific Command, now Chairman & Distinguished Senior Fellow, Sasakawa Peace Foundation USA
  • Dr. Satu Limaye, Director, East-West Center, Washington D.C.
  • Jim Reed, President, YKK Corporation of America
  • Ambassador James Zumwalt, CEO, Sasakawa Peace Foundation USA (moderator)

This program is made possible by Sasakawa USA’s grant to the World Affairs Councils of America. It is part of Sasakawa USA's The Alliance Working in America Series being held in Atlanta from September 4-7.

Thank you to this luncheon's media sponsor: Forten Media.

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Wednesday, September 5, 2018 at 11:30am to 1:30pm

The Commerce Club 191 Peachtree St NE, Atlanta, GA 30303


World Affairs Council of Atlanta


$30 Council Members | $50 Non-Members

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