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Mansfield Fellowships Celebrate 10 Years (1994-2004)





I would like to offer my sincere congratulations on the 10th anniversary of
the Mike Mansfield Fellowship program….So far [since 2000] we have welcomed 33 Fellows [for a six-week homestay and language training in Ishikawa Prefecture before they move to Tokyo for their work placements] and we could not be happier…Through Ishikawa’s beautiful nature, outstanding traditional culture and the kindness of people, Fellows are able to familiarize themselves with Japanese society and deepen mutual understanding…. It is truly an honor for Ishikawa Prefecture to be a part of the Japanese language and culture study program for U.S. federal government employees. Henceforth, it is our hope that the bond with the Mansfield Foundation will become even stronger….I would like to wish you all the best in your future endeavors.

Governor Masanori Tanimoto, Ishikawa Prefecture



U.S.-Japan Relations in Perspective: Anniversary Discussion Series

To celebrate the ten-year anniversary of the Mansfield Fellowship Program, the Mansfield Foundation has organized an anniversary discussion series with sponsorship from Toshiba International Foundation and the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs:

May 3, 2004

U.S.-Japan Relations in a Region of Transformation


This discussion, held in the Judiciary Committee Room in the Rayburn House Office Building on Capitol Hill, featured commentary by Thomas S. Foley, former Speaker of the House and U.S. Ambassador to Japan; Yoshimasa Hayashi, member of Japan’s House of Councillors; and three former Mansfield Fellows:
Scott Feeney, North Korea Country Director, U.S. Department of Defense
Amy Jackson, Deputy Assistant U. S. Trade Representative
Paul Linehan, Chief, Asia Pacific Division, U.S. Department of Defense



May 25, 2004


Japan’s Education Reforms: Implications for Social Diversification

Over the last several years, the Japanese government has launched a series of ambitious yet controversial reforms to revamp the nation’s education system. Among the most controversial measures is the so-called integrated curriculum (or Sogoteki na Gakushu), which is intended to nurture creativity and intellectual curiosity among Japanese students. Concerns have been raised, though, whether the new curriculum may go too far in fostering creative individuality at the expense of fundamental learning skills and traditional norms, such as social unity and the uniqueness of Japanese culture. In collaboration with the Japan-America Society of Washington, D.C., The Maureen and Mike Mansfield Foundation organized a roundtable discussion where JoAnne Livingston, former Mansfield Fellow and International Education Policy Specialist at the U.S. Department of Education, and Laurence MacDonald, Associate Director for Mid-Atlantic Region Japan-in-Schools Program, examined the debate surrounding the integrated curriculum and discussed potential implications for the diversification of Japanese society.


September 27, 2004

The U.S.-Japan Relationship: Still the “Most Important in the World”?

The Mansfield Foundation collaborated with the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Center at the University of Montana and the World Affairs Council to hold this third educational outreach program in Montana. The program highlighted the longevity and maturation of the bilateral relationship and ways in which Japan and the United States cooperate to benefit each other’s interests and the international community. Mansfield alumni Rhonda Johnson (MFP No.1), a native of Hardin, Montana, and Stuart Chemtob (MFP No.3) discussed their long-term personal and professional interests in Japan.

February 24, 2005

Japan's Aging Population: What Does It Mean for Women in the Workforce?

Yuki Ellis, Mathematical Statistician, Bureau of the Census, U.S. Department of Commerce (Mansfield Fellow 2002-04) was the featured speaker at two programs organized with the Japan-America Society - San Francisco (February 24, 2005) and Japan-America Society of the State of Washington (February 25, 2005). In Seattle, Ms. Ellis was joined by Karen Fraser, District 22 Representative, Washington State Legislature.


February 24, 2005


Japan's Aging Population: Social and Political Impacts on the Work Force

11:30 a.m. Registration
12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. Luncheon Program

The Asia Foundation
465 California Street, 8th Floor (Haydn Williams Conference Room)
San Francisco, CA


Yukiko Tomabechi Ellis, Mathematical Statistician, US Census Bureau

Emily Murase, Ph.D., Executive Director, San Francisco Commission on the Status of Women

Organized by The Maureen and Mike Mansfield Foundation, The Japan Society of Northern California and The Asia Foundation



February 25, 2005


Japan’s Aging Population: What Does it Mean for Women In the Workforce?


7:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.
4th Floor Conference Room, World Trade Center West

2200 Alaskan Way, Seattle, WA


Yukiko Tomabechi Ellis

Mathematical Statistician, US Census Bureau
Mansfield Fellow 2002-2004


Presentation in PDF


Organized by The Maureen and Mike Mansfield Foundation and The Japan-America Society of the State of Washington


Friday, March 4, 2005


Japan's Aging Society: Policies to Meet the Challenge


10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
U.S. Capitol Room HC-7



Yukiko Tomabechi Ellis
Mathematical Statistician, U.S. Bureau of the Census

Mansfield Fellow 2002-2004


Tsuyako Nakamura

Assistant Professor, Doshisha University

Presentation in PDF


Organized by The Maureen and Mike Mansfield Foundation in cooperation with The Center for Women Policy Studies and The U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Ways and Means, Subcommittee on Human Resources (Minority)





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