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


Assessment; Japan-U.S. Response to Fukushima Crisis

Implementing Agency The Sasakawa Peace Foundation Year 2/2
Project classification Self-OperatedGrantCommissionedOthers Year project budget implementation 7,897,345yen
Project Contents
The objective of this project is to vitalize the policy community dealing in new issues faced by Japan and the US and to expand networks therein. To achieve this goal, support will be provided for fellowship programs aimed at discovering and nurturing young human resources that will support the next generation. Two kinds of fellowship will be provided for young Japanese and American specialists (principally, individuals in their thirties possessing a doctorate or equivalent experience) active in the field of security guarantees. The first kind of fellowship will be for fellows to engage in research (resident basis) at the Pacific Forum CSIS (the grantee) with the aim of producing a relevant research paper, while the second will be for fellows to attend senior level international policy conferences (non-resident basis) with the aim of broadening their perspective and expanding their networks in the field.
Implementation Plan
In the first year of this three-year project, the following activities will be carried out.

  • Selection of fellows for the resident fellowship (one person from the US and Japan, respectively; maximum residency period of six months)
    Young researchers (possessing a doctorate or having equivalent post-Master's degree experience) specializing in Japan-US relations or security of Asia-Pacific region will be selected for a place to study in a research institution, where they will engage in research. In addition, support will be provided for the young researchers to attend policy dialogues hosted by the Pacific Forum CSIS in the Asia-Pacific region, as well as international symposiums, in the interests of expanding their network. Furthermore, opportunities will be provided for research in Japan (US fellows) and Washington DC (Japanese fellows).
  • Selection of fellows for the non-resident fellowship (around 20 individuals annually from the US and Japan *including multiple participations):
    Young researchers possessing the qualifications described in (1.) above will be dispatched to senior level policy dialogues and international symposiums (approx. 12 per year) hosted by the Pacific Forum CSIS in the Asia-Pacific region. By so doing, the researchers will be able to expand their network of contacts and experience discussions from a wide range of perspectives.
  • Creation of a report:
    Papers written by fellows taking part in a residency fellowship will be published.
  • Establishment and meetings of the selection committee:
    Three experts from Japan and the US, respectively, will form a committee to select fellows for the program. At committee meetings, the six experts will select the fellows for the residency and non-residency fellowships.
Project Results
This project seeks to identify, support and foster young, promising researchers who will lead future Japan-U.S. exchange and promote policy dialogue. It offers resident and non-resident fellowships to young Japanese and American researchers to provide opportunities for networking and intensive research.

In fiscal 2010, Mr. Eric Sayers (completed master's degree program at Nanyang Technological University) and Dr. Masamichi Minehata (completed Ph.D. program at University of Bradford) were selected as resident fellows. Both served as "SPF fellows" for six months at the Pacific Forum CSIS, carrying out research and participating in international conferences and seminars held by the Pacific Forum CSIS.