The Mansfield Fellowship Program—named after Mike Mansfield, former U.S. ambassador to Japan, U.S. Senate majority leader, and U.S. congressman from Montana—is a first-of-its-kind program for the United States and Japan.
The Mansfield Fellowship Program has been restructured for the upcoming year to allow ten Fellows to participate in a one-year program in Japan. The shorter program duration is expected to increase the number of Fellows who are able to participate and preserves the principles behind the program and the features that make it a unique professional career development opportunity for U.S. federal government employees.
The Mansfield Foundation Thomas S. Foley Legislative Exchange Program was established in early 2014 to honor the late Ambassador Thomas S. Foley. Every year the Mansfield Foundation will seek to organize at least one Foley Exchange, with each exchange bringing five members of Japan’s National Diet to Washington, D.C. to meet with their counterparts in government, representatives of the private sector, and members of the Foundation’s Board. The exchange is intended to: build relationships among U.S. and Japanese elected officials and policy experts; contribute to U.S. and Japanese participants’ understanding of policymaking processes and practices in each other’s countries; and explore opportunities for cooperation on issues of mutual interest.
The Maureen and Mike Mansfield Foundation launched a new Japan exchange, the Mansfield-PhRMA Research Scholars Program, in February 2013. This program brings eight young researchers from Japan’s pharmaceutical sector to the United States annually to learn about U.S. healthcare policy, pharmaceutical research, regulatory practices and translational research. The program is sponsored by the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) and is a component of PhRMA’s Young Scientist Program.
During two weeks of meetings in Washington, D.C., New York-New Jersey, and Boston, the Japanese researchers participating in the Research Scholars Program will gain insights into how their counterparts in U.S. government pharmaceutical research programs, pharmaceutical companies, and universities work together to translate research into commercial opportunities.
The Mansfield Foundation is pleased to introduce the Next Generation Japan Leadership Network, a six-month exchange program providing opportunities for young Japanese scholars to deepen their expertise on important issues surrounding U.S.-Japan relations through discussions with policymakers, government officials, and opinion leaders in Japan and the United States.
The Mansfield Foundation, in collaboration with the Tokyo American Center (TAC) at the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo, hosted a program that involved organizing a visit to the United States for a delegation of six Japanese economists. A week of seminar discussions and on-site visits allowed the participants to get an inside look at the U.S. economic system and to exchange views on important issues impacting the U.S. and Japan.
The Maureen and Mike Mansfield Foundation welcomed eight civil servants from Japan’s Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare (MHLW) and Pharmaceutical and Medical Devices Agency (PMDA) to Washington January 24-30, 2009 as part of a new exchange program. The U.S.-Japan Healthcare and Medical Device Exchange is bringing Japanese civil servants in the healthcare regulatory field to the United States to learn about U.S. healthcare policy and regulatory practices. During the January study trip, the Japanese participants met with their counterparts in the U.S. government, congressional staff, and U.S. healthcare professionals and engaged in information exchanges intended to contribute to the implementation of regulatory and health policies that promote innovation and favorable health outcomes.
U.S.-Japan Financial and Economic Cooperation Exchange
The U.S.-Japan Finance and Economic Cooperation Exchange is a program that enables Japanese government officials from six ministries to travel to the United States to meet their counterparts in the United States government; engage in policy dialogues with decision makers in Washington, D.C. and New York, and learn “best practices” in financial and economic policymaking.
The Maureen and Mike Mansfield Foundation welcomed five members of Korea’s National Assembly to Washington August 18-22, 2008 to discuss issues of importance to U.S.-Korea relations. Members of the delegation included: Chin Young (Grand National Party);Jeon Hye-Sook (Democratic Party); Lee Dal-gon(Grand National Party); Lim Hae-kyu(Grand National Party); and Park Sang-Eun(Grand National Party).
The study visit was supported by the National Assembly of the Republic of Korea and the Korea Foundation. During five days of meetings, the Korean lawmakers met with U.S. government officials and Asia experts to discuss issues including: U.S. policy and perspectives on North Korea; U.S. relations with China and other Asian nations; the presidential candidates’ views on Asia; and the process and politics involved in U.S. ratification of the Korea-U.S. Free Trade Agreement (KORUS FTA).
The Foundation organized visits to Washington, D.C., for leaders from youth federations across Chinese cities, including members from the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China, Bank of Communications, and the China Council for the Promotion of International Trade.