Sasakawa Peace Foundation USA

Resiliency & Friendship: Reflections on 3.11

Sasakawa USA is pleased to host a virtual event on March 23rd in remembrance of the 10thanniversary of the March 11, 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami. Featured speakers are Ambassador John Roos, Partner and Co-Founder of Geodesic Capital and U.S. Ambassador to Japan from 2009-2013; Ms. Susie Roos, Partner and CAO at Geodesic Capital, and Ms. Suzanne Basalla, President and CEO of U.S.-Japan Council and Senior Advisor to Ambassador Roos at the U.S. Embassy Tokyo from 2010-2012.

In a fireside chat, Amb. Roos, Ms. Roos, and Ms. Basalla will recount their personal stories of being in Tokyo on March 11, 2011 and in the days and months that followed. From the challenges they faced, to the coming together of people, communities, and two allied nations–the U.S. and Japan–their reflections weave together the resiliency, friendship, and hope they encountered.

Following the fireside chat, Ms. Shanti Shoji, Director of Programs at Sasakawa USA, will moderate a Q&A session between the speakers and the audience.


12:00 pm – Welcome & Introduction of speakers by Ms. Shanti Shoji
12:05pm – Fireside Chat with Amb. John Roos, Ms. Susie Roos, and Ms. Suzanne Basalla
12:45 pm – Q&A Discussion Moderated by Ms. Shanti Shoji
1:00pm – Conclusion of Event

Agenda12:00 pmWelcome & Introduction of speakers by Ms. Shanti Shoji12:05pmFireside Chat with Amb. John Roos, Ms. Susie Roos, and Ms. Suzanne Basalla12:45 pm Q&A Discussion Moderated byMs. Shanti Shoji1:00pmConclusion of Event