U.S.-Japan Network for the Future

The Mansfield Foundation recently closed recruitment for its Fourth Cohort of Network Scholars. No additional recruitment is planned at this time.

Meeting with Okinawa Vice GovernorMeeting with Okinawa Vice Governor: The Network Group poses for a picture after a meeting with Okinawa Government Officials. The prefecture’s Vice Governor Kurayoshi Takara stands in the middle; Chief Executive Susumu Matayoshi is third from the right.


Program Overview

The U.S.-Japan Network for the Future is a two-year program designed to build and enhance a network of Japan specialists that can bring diverse expertise and perspectives to the bilateral policy-making process in the mid- and long-term.  This will lead to deeper and more vigorous dialogue and research on topics of immediate concern as well as on ways to strengthen the U.S.-Japan relationship through cooperation and shared goals in the global arena. The Maureen and Mike Mansfield Foundation and the Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership have completed one cohort of this program and together with the program Advisory Committee (AC) are building on our success with a second cohort of participants. The Foundation and CGP are pleased to announce the recruitment of a third cohort of participation for the “U.S.-Japan Network for the Future” program.

Purpose of the Program

The purpose of the “U.S.-Japan Network for the Future” program is to identify American professionals specializing in Japan who demonstrate an interest in and potential for becoming policy intellectuals, and to support them in this effort.  The network will include Japan specialists from all regions of the U.S. with diverse expertise and perspectives and the ability to participate constructively in the bilateral policymaking process and to contribute to U.S.-Japan understanding.

Program Meetings

Cohort IV will feature the following program agenda.

  • A two-day workshop in Washington, D.C. (June 7-9, 2016)
  • A two-day retreat in Montana (September 29-October 2, 2016)
  • A week-long series of meetings in Washington, D.C. (early January, 2017)
  • A week-long Japan study trip (June 2017)
  • Public symposium and current issues panel discussions (June 2018)

Goals and Expectations

Throughout the two-year program, participants will be expected to: develop their network of contacts; engage with other Network members; engage others in the academic and policy fields with what they have learned about Japan; prepare for and actively participate in the program’s meetings, workshops, and study trip; participate in group activities and support the program’s larger goals and objectives; conduct independent research on key issues of particular interest to them; produce op-ed pieces, commentary/blog posts on important policy issues in U.S.-Japan relations; and produce and seek to publish or otherwise disseminate a brief policy paper.  Network participants will present their papers and discuss current issues in the region during the last meeting in January 2016, at a public symposium in Washington, D.C.  The program will cover the costs of travel, accommodations, and meals associated with participation in program meetings and study trips.

For further information, please contact Mr. Benjamin Self at (202) 347-1994 or bself@mansfieldfdn.org.

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