The Sasakawa Peace Foundation provides grants to the Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars and Pacific Forum CSIS to offer Scholarship and Fellowship opportunities to Japanese and American Scholars.
This project aims to provide inspiration to the policymaking community as it tackles new issues facing Japan and the United States, and aims to discover and foster the development of young and upcoming specialists. For young specialists from both countries in the area of security issues it offers two types of fellowship and the opportunity to expand their networks and to write a research paper.
Resident Fellowship (one person each from the United States and Japan, maximum six months)
An opportunity will be provided to young specialists (with a doctorate or equivalent post-Master's degree experience) in US-Japan relations or security issues in the Asia-Pacific region (with a US-Japan focus) to stay at Pacific Forum CSIS and engage in studies and research. Support will also be provided for the fellows to attend and expand their networks at policy dialogues and international meetings hosted by the Pacific Forum in the Asia-Pacific region.
Non Resident Fellowship (total of about 20 individuals annually from the US and Japan)
Young specialists meeting qualifications described in 1. above will be able to attend meetings on US-Japan-related themes from among the senior-level policy dialogues and international meetings organized in the Asia-Pacific region by the Pacific Forum (held about 12 times per year on average). By observing the proceedings at meetings and having an opportunity to present their findings, the young specialists are expected to learn new skills that in the future will help them engage in a wide-range of discussions and participate in international meetings.
Past Resident Fellows
Ms. Aiko Shimizu
She was the 2013-2014 Japan resident SPF Fellow and a JD candidate at the University of Pennsylvania Law School. Shimizu's professional experiences include working at the United Nations, Permanent Mission of Japan to the UN and the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea. Her works have been published in the Journal of International Affairs and Atlantic-Community.org. She received her MA in international affairs from Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) and a BA in political science and international studies from the University of Chicago.
Dr. C. Sachi GERBIN
She was the 2013-2014 US resident Sasakawa Peace Foundation fellow at Pacific Forum CSIS. She received a BS in biology from Harvey Mudd College, and a PhD in biological chemistry from UCLA, where she gained a background in cell and cancer biology. She has taught science to a broad audience, as a high school biology teacher in Japan through the Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Program, and as a writer for Nature Publishing Group's education website. Sachi was a Christine Mirzayan Science and Technology Policy Graduate fellow at the National Academies, where she helped promote engineering through various communication outlets, including a radio series on engineering innovations. Her current research focuses on ways for the US and Japan to cooperate on combating antimicrobial resistance, a global health security issue.
Mr. Hideshi FUTORI
He was the SPF Resident Fellow at the Pacific Forum from July-October 2012. He is currently a Japan Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington and has been a Research Associate for the Program on US-Japan Relations at the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs at Harvard University from 2011 to 2012. Previously he served as chairman of the Harvard Commemorative Cherry Tree Planting Initiative for the 100th anniversary of cherry trees given to the United States from Japan. During 2009-2011, he worked as a visiting fellow at the Center for US-Japan Studies and Cooperation at Vanderbilt University. He was also a Japan Studies fellow at the East-West Center in Washington in 2012. Prior to his fellowship in the United States, He served as Chief of Staff at the office of Akihisa Nagashima, a House of Representatives member and former Vice Minister of Defense. He earned his BA in law and MA in political science from Chuo University, Tokyo, Japan.
Ms. Jenny LIN
She was the 2012-2013 Resident Sasakawa Peace Foundation Fellow. She was born in Taiwan and immigrated to the US when she was ten years old. She received her MA in public policy from American University and BA in government and Asian studies from the University of Texas in Austin. Her area of research includes: the US-Japan alliance; energy security; and developments of the Chinese military, space industry, and cyber security. Her publications include: The Chinese People's Liberation Army Signals Intelligence and Cyber Reconnaissance Infrastructure; Weather Satellite Surveillance; and China's Energy Security Dilemma. Publications she contributed to include: China's Evolving Space Capabilities: Implications for US Interests; Buy, Build, or Steal: China's Quest for Advanced Military Aviation Technologies. In Spring 2012, She was invited to present her publication at the School of International Service, American University.
Ms. Mihoko MATSUBARA
Completed MA Degree at the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), Johns Hopkins University Currently works as a cybersecurity analyst at Hitachi Systems
In order to build the foundations for future intellectual exchange between the United States and Japan, promising Japanese specialists will engage in advanced, policy-oriented research and writing designed to bridge the gap between the academic and policy communities, while staying at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, and will be given an opportunity to present their findings.
Selection of fellows will be conducted by a selection committee at the Wilson Center. Successful applicants will spend up to one year in residence at the Woodrow Wilson Center (minimum period of residence for the Scholar is three months).
Past Japan Scholars
Professor of U.S. Government and History, University of Tokyo