April 15, 2016


April 11, 2016


WASHINGTON, D.C. The Maureen and Mike Mansfield Foundation and the Japan Foundation

Center for Global Partnership (CGP) are pleased to announce the selection of twelve scholars for

the U.S.-Japan Network for the Future program. This is the fourth group selected for the

program, which the Foundation and CGP launched in 2009 to identify and support American

professionals with the potential for becoming Japan specialists and policy experts. With the

selection of Cohort IV, the Network now includes fifty-four exceptional academics and

practitioners in U.S. relations with Asia.


Cohort IV includes Japan specialists at universities throughout the United States as well as in the

U.S. government and the strategic communications field. While several are emerging experts on

the U.S.-Japan alliance, their research interests range from Japan’s foreign and economic policies to

Japanese political parties, religions, and history of technology.


“The breadth and depth of U.S.-based Japan scholarship are reflected in the diverse interests and

experiences of the twelve scholars selected for Cohort IV,” said Mansfield Foundation Vice

President Benjamin Self. “These scholars are engaged in extremely interesting work in areas where

it is increasingly important for the United States and Japan to cooperate, including security, state-

building, and international migration. The Network for the Future program will allow the scholars

to strengthen their skills and their ability to contribute to the U.S.-Japan policymaking process and

U.S.-Japan understanding.”


“We look forward to welcoming yet another outstanding cohort of Japan specialists to the U.S.-

Japan Network for the Future program,” said Junichi Chano, Executive Director of the Center for

Global Partnership. “We are confident the program will provide these twelve scholars with the

opportunities to develop their networks in the United States and Japan, enhance their knowledge

of Japan and U.S.-Japan relations, and broaden their engagement with the Japan policy, media, and

business communities.”


During this two-year program, the Cohort IV scholars will participate in: a two-day workshop in

Washington, D.C. (June 2016); a two-day retreat in Montana (September 2016); a week-long series

of meetings in Washington, D.C. (January 2017); a week-long Japan study trip (June 2017); and a

2018 public symposium and current issues panel discussion.  They also will be expected to conduct

independent research, write op-ed pieces and other commentary on important U.S.-Japan policy

issues, and produce a brief policy paper for publication.


More information about the U.S.-Japan Network for the Future and all four groups of Network

scholars is available on the Foundation’s website at:


A list of Cohort IV participants follows:


Amy Catalinac

Assistant Professor

New York University


Yulia Frumer

Assistant Professor

Johns Hopkins University


Robert Hoppens

Associate Professor

University of Texas Rio Grande Valley


Noriyuki Katagiri

Assistant Professor

Saint Louis University


Adam Liff

Assistant Professor

Indiana University


Ko Maeda

Associate Professor

University of North Texas


Reo Matsuzaki

Assistant Professor

Trinity College


Matthew Poggi

Deputy Director

U.S. Department of the Treasury


Michael Sharpe

Associate Professor

York College of the City University of New York


Jolyon Thomas

Assistant Professor

University of Pennsylvania


Kristin Vekasi

Assistant Professor

University of Maine


Joshua Walker

Director, Global Programs

APCO Worldwide


The Maureen and Mike Mansfield Foundation is a 501(c)3 organization that promotes

understanding and cooperation in U.S.-Asia relations. The Foundation was established in 1983 to

honor Mike Mansfield (1903-2001), a revered public servant, statesman and diplomat who played a

pivotal role in many of the key domestic and international issues of the 20th century as U.S.

congressman from Montana, Senate majority leader and finally as U.S. ambassador to Japan.

Maureen and Mike Mansfield’s values, ideals and vision for U.S.-Asia relations continue through

the Foundation’s exchanges, dialogues, research and educational programs, which create networks

among U.S. and Asian leaders, explore the underlying issues influencing public policies, and

increase awareness about the nations and peoples of Asia. The Foundation has offices in

Washington, D.C.; Tokyo, Japan; and Missoula, Montana.


The Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership (CGP), founded in 1991, is dedicated to both

strengthening the global U.S.-Japan partnership and cultivating the next generation of public

intellectuals necessary to sustain this partnership.  To achieve these ends, CGP operates grant

programs as well as self-initiated projects and fellowships.  CGP has offices in Tokyo, Japan and

New York, New York.  Please visit the website at


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