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

2011
Project

Strengthening US-Japan Initiatives for Common Policy Issues

Implementing Agency Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars (USA) Year 3/3
Project classification Self-OperatedGrantCommissionedOthers Year project budget implementation 11,314,743yen
Project Outline
Through this project, SPF aims to promote exchanges between the United States and Japan and to develop the abilities of individuals knowledgeable in international policy issues. The project will provide assistance to the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, an influential think tank, to (1) accept Japanese research fellows, and (2) host the Japan-US Joint Public Policy Forum.
Implementation Plan
The following activities will be implemented during the final year of this three-year project.
  • Acceptance of Japanese research fellows (one in summer of 2011, one in autumn, in Washington DC)  
    In order to build the foundations for future intellectual exchange between the United States and Japan, promising Japanese specialists (age in the thirties or forties) with a record of achievement will engage in studies and research activities, while staying for a short period (two to four months) at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, and will be given an opportunity to present their findings.
    Applications will be accepted again this year, as was done the previous year. Selection of fellows will be conducted by a selection committee at the Wilson Center.
  • Third Japan-US Joint Public Policy Forum (planned for end of October 2011, in Tokyo)
    The Wilson Center and the Sasakawa Peace Foundation will jointly organize an international forum in Tokyo with the aim of promoting mutual understanding and strengthening ties between the United States and Japan. The forum will provide the opportunity for experts from both countries to disseminate information on solutions to issues of global relevance.
Project Results
In this final year of the project, two Japanese research fellows, Mire Koikari (Associate Professor, university of Hawaii) and Takashi Terada (then Professor, Waseda university), served as “Japan Scholars,” staying at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for several months, and conveyed the results of their research to the U.S. policy community.
At the hosting of the third Japan-U.S. Joint Public Policy Forum, former U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage and others were welcomed under the theme “Japan-U.S. Relationship after the Great East Japan Earthquake.”

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