U.S.-Japan Network for the Future

Now Recruiting for the Third Group of Participants for the “U.S.-Japan Network for the Future” Program

 

Applications and Selection

Applications are due February 21, 2014.  Please click here to download an application. For application instructions, please click here.

 

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.

Eligibility and Terms

  • Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents in the U.S. who are currently and actively involved in the Japan-U.S. dialogue and have a working knowledge of the Japanese language.
  • Applicants must be based in the U.S. at the time of application.
  • The program is targeted at scholars with a professional interest in Japan, and professionals who have a strong engagement with Japan and work experience in policy-relevant fields.
  • In addition to having an interest in public policy, successful applicants will be able to demonstrate their interest in and potential for becoming future leaders in the U.S. Japan relationship.
  • Our preference is for candidates in the early- to mid-career stage.  In the academic context, normally this translates into scholars at the advanced assistant or early associate professor levels.  Policy professionals should have a Master’s degree and at least five years of Japan experience.
  • Participants must be fully dedicated to the two-year program and able to participate in all scheduled meetings.

Program Meetings

  • A two-day workshop in Washington, D.C. (June 4-6, 2014)
  • A two-day retreat in Montana (September 26-29, 2014)
  • A week-long series of meetings in Washington, D.C. (January 5-9, 2015)
  • A week-long Japan study trip (June 2015)
  • Public symposium and current issues panel discussions (January 2016)

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 Angela Choi, Associate Director of Programs, The Maureen and Mike Mansfield Foundation at achoi@mansfieldfdn.org.

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