The Tokyo office was established in 1997 to assist the Foundation with its programs abroad. As a smaller office, it works directly with the Japan-based Board members on Board programs and Foundation activities, and is particularly involved with the Mike Mansfield Fellowship Program. In April 2014, the Tokyo office moved to the International House of Japan. The new contact information is:
The Maureen and Mike Mansfield Foundation
c/o The International House of Japan, Inc.
5-11-16 Roppongi, Minato-ku,
Tokyo 106-0032 Japan
Tel: 03-5413-5885 Fax: 03-3478-1773
Director, Tokyo Office
Program Manager, Tokyo Office
Saori Kobayashi joined the Mansfield Foundation in April 2015 and became program manager in August 2016. In her current position she helps coordinate, manage, and implement Foundation programs including the Mike Mansfield Fellowship Program and the Mansfield–PhRMA Research Scholars Program.
Prior to joining the Mansfield Foundation, Ms. Kobayashi served as a senior communications/public information assistant for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees Representation in Japan. From 2012-2014, she worked at the International Peace Cooperation Division in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ Foreign Policy Bureau, where she was responsible for program management, coordinating with program implementers, and conducting research on peacekeeping policies. Ms. Kobayashi has an MA in Conflict, Security and Development from the University of Sussex in Brighton, England, and a BA in Foreign Studies from Sophia University.
Administrative and Program Assistant
Shotaro Yagi joined the Mansfield Foundation as Administrative and Program Assistant in the Tokyo Office in September 2016. His primary responsibilities are to provide support for the Mansfield Fellows and for implementation of other Foundation programs in Japan, the United States, and elsewhere. He also assists with the financial and administrative work of the Tokyo office.
Prior to joining the Mansfield Foundation Mr. Yagi served as a project coordinator at Marubeni Corporation, where he planned and executed multiple system implementation and problem solving projects. He conducted fieldwork researching poverty reduction in Thailand and the Philippines while studying at the University of Tokyo, where he earned his bachelor’s degree in economics.