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Regular Promotion of Mutual Understanding between Priority Regions and Japan~Exchange Program between Japan and The United States


Strengthening US-Japan Initiatives for Common Policy Issues

Implementing Agency Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars (USA) Year 2/3
Project classification Self-OperatedGrantCommissionedOthers Year project budget implementation 12,967,876yen
Project Contents
Through this project, SPF aims to promote exchange between and development of human resources knowledgeable in international policy issues from the US and Japan. Specifically, support will be provided for the following projects conducted by the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, an influential think tank.

  • Establishment of a fellowship post for Japanese researchers and program of study: Promising Japanese researchers will be recruited and invited to conduct research as part of a short-term fellowship at the Wilson Center.
  • The Japan-US Joint Public Policy Forum: A symposium will be held once a year in Tokyo in conjunction with the Wilson Center. At this symposium, experts from Japan and the US will meet to engage in practical dialogue, thereby building foundations for the two countries to address important global issues together.
Implementation Plan
In the second year of this three-year project, the following activities will be carried out.

  • Entry of Japanese research fellows to host institutions:(Washington DC, Summer 2010 (one fellow), Autumn 2010 (one fellow))
    Japanese researchers will spend a short time (2-3 months) conducting research at an American think tank, while in the process building networks of contacts among the research and policy community. Applications are now being sought from potential fellows for two available positions. Selection of fellows will be carried out by a selection committee at the Wilson Center. All research fields will be considered, however candidates’ research results to date and activities planned for the proposed research period will carry most weight at the time of selection. The center will not only provide the fellows with a place to conduct their research, but will also provide them with opportunities to present their research results.
  • The Second Japan-US Joint Public Policy Forum (Tokyo, Autumn 2010)
    The Wilson Center will host, in conjunction with the Sasakawa Peace Foundation, an international forum in Tokyo on a theme of global relevance. A topical theme likely to impact on policy decisions will be chosen by the two hosting parties. The Wilson Center will recommend and dispatch keynote speakers from the US, liaise with all persons concerned, conduct PR activities both before and after the forum using the network of the Center, and draft a report of the forum in the English language.
Project Results
SPF supports the activities of The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, a U.S. think tank, which has a post accepting Japanese research fellows that is aimed at fostering exchanges of human resources in two countries specializing on global policy issues. The Wilson center also sent panelists from the U.S. to the Japan-U.S. Joint Public Policy forum* co-hosted by SPF.

In the second year of the project, Dr. Kuniko Ashizawa, a senior lecturer at Oxford Brookes University, and Mr. Nobuo Fukuda, a staff writer for the Asahi Shimbun newspaper, served as the “Japan Scholar” for short stays at the
Woodrow Wilson International Center, with an opportunity with broadening their research and conveying the results to the U.S. policy community.

* Japan-U.S. Joint Public Policy Forum was conducted as a part of a project, “Promoting Japan-U.S. Relations: An Opinion Leaders’ Dialogue.”