Profiles 1995-1997

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Stanley J. Austin | John D. Hill | Amy Jackson | Rhonda S. Johnson | James P. Kariya | George F. McCray | Richard Silver

Stanley J. Austin

Current Title

Superintendent

Rocky Mountain National Park, National Park Service

U.S. Department of the Interior

Agency During Fellowship
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Water, Office of Wetlands, Oceans, and Watersheds

Home State: New Jersey

Professional Specialty
Environmental Protection Specialist, Water Resource Protection, Manager

Host Agency in Japan
Environment Agency, Water Quality Bureau, Water Quality Division Ministry of Construction

Placement Description

September 1996 – September 1997
Learned how Japan manages its water quality programs and responds to oil spills, floods, and other crises.

Representative Activities:

  • Assisted Water Quality Bureau in responding to a severe oil spill in Kanagawa.
  • Participated in meetings concerning water pollution control programs.
  • Coordinated development of cooperative programs for U.S. and Japanese specialists in wetlands protection.

Post-Fellowship
Current U.S. government Assignments and Activities

At U.S. EPA, consults with Japanese officials at the Environment Agency on joint projects and fact-finding missions.

John D. Hill

Current Title
Principal Director for Afghanistan, Pakistan and Central Asia
U.S. Department of Defense

Agency During Fellowship
Department of Defense, Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Technology

Home State: California

Professional Specialty
Foreign Affairs Specialist

Host Agency in Japan
Japan Defense Agency (JDA) Bureau of Equipment, Coordination Division

Keidanren

Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI)

Placement Description
September 1996 – September 1997
Developed an understanding of Japan‰s self-defense acquisition system and the possibilities for industrial and technological cooperation between the U.S. and Japan.

Representative Activities:

  • Participated as a member of the JDA Coordination Division team responsible for managing Japan‰s cooperative acquisition programs with the U.S.
  • Coordinated cooperative program proposals and activities with offices responsible for management of specific weapon system programs, budget issues and defense policies.
  • Explored acquisitions and securities issues from the business perspective at the Keidanren.

Post-Fellowship
Current U.S. Government Assignments and Activities
In 2004, named Regional Director for Northeast Asia in the Office of the Secretary of Defense, U.S. Department of Defense.

Amy Jackson
Retired from Federal Service

Current Title
President
American Chamber of Commerce, Korea
(formerly, Deputy Assistant USTR for Korea, Office of the United States Trade Representative)

Agency During Fellowship
NASA, Office of External Affairs, Mission to Planet Earth Division.

Home State: California

Professional Specialty
International Relations Specialist, Japan Desk Officer

Host Agency in Japan
National Space Development Agency of Japan (NASDA), Earth Observation Policy & Planning Division
Science Technology Agency

Diet Member (Mr. Hidenao Nakagawa)

Placement Description
September 1996 – September 1997

Acquired an in-depth understanding of Japan‰s space policies, priorities, and decision-making processes.

Representative activities:

  • Participated in bilateral planning meetings, budget planning, and international space conferences.
  • Coordinated activities with other Japanese space-related organizations.
  • Prepared lead Japanese officials for discussion of space-related issues at a U.S.-Japan summit.
  • Presented a comparison of U.S. and Japanese space policy-making activities for NASDA executives, including NASDA president.
  • Served as an intern with Diet member Hidenao Nakagawa.

Post-Fellowship
Current U.S. Government Assignments and Activities
In 1998, named Director of Japan Trade Policy, Office of the
United States Trade Representative. Negotiates and oversees
implementation of bilateral trade agreements with Japan. Key
responsibilities include the areas of insurance, film and
government procurement (covering the telecommunications,
computer, supercomputer and satellite sectors).

Rhonda S. Johnson
Retired from Federal Service

Current Title
Director, Investor Relations
Dick’s Sporting Goods

Agency During Fellowship
Export-Import Bank of the U.S.
Policy, Planning and Program Development Division

Home State: Montana

Professional Specialty
Program Analyst

Host Agency in Japan
MITI, International Trade Administration Bureau, Long-term Trade and Investment Insurance Division

Japan Export-Import Bank

Placement Description
September 1996 – September 1997

Developed a practical understanding of Japanese underwriting transactions, including the export financing decision-making process in Japan.

Representative activities:

  • Analyzed and underwrote medium and long-term export credit insurance for ASEAN countries.
  • Served as a team member for large, limited-recourse project finance cases.
  • Participated in underwriting meetings, determining needs of Japanese exporters, research, analysis and presentations.

Post-Fellowship
Current U.S. Government Assignments and Activities
In April 2000, accepted a position at GATX Capital Corporation, which is seeking to expand its operations in Asia. At Ex-Im Bank, served as the Bank’s Japan Liaison responsible for any communication and coordination with the Bank’s Japanese counterparts and other Japan-related institutions. Advanced and accompanied the chairman of the Bank on official visits to Japan. Advised the chairman and Bank officers about Japan’s foreign loan examination practices and participated in strategic planning for how the Bank may cooperate with its counterparts in Japan.

James P. Kariya

Current Title
Biologist
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Prevention, Pesticides and Toxic Substances

Agency During Fellowship
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Prevention, Pesticide Programs and Toxic Substances, Office of Science Coordination and Policy

Home State: Ohio

Professional Specialty
Environmental Scientist

Host Agency in Japan
Ministry of Health and Welfare, Office of Environmental Chemicals Safety, and Food Chemistry Division

National Institute of Health Sciences

Placement Description
September 1996 – September 1997

Acquired an in-depth understanding of chemical and pesticide regulation in Japan.

Representative Activities:

  • Reviewed and prepared toxicological summaries of new chemicals.
  • Met with toxicology groups that evaluate the safety of pesticides and new chemicals.
  • Attended budget meetings and a meeting at the Diet on food labeling.
  • Attended briefings by MITI on its role in chemical regulation.

Post-Fellowship
Current U.S. Government Assignments and Activities
At U.S. EPA, exchanges information with Japanese scientists and government officials on efforts to evaluate and regulate endocrine disruptors and other toxic substances. In the past year, traveled to Japan at the invitation of the Japanese government and other organizations. Consults with Japanese government officials and other delegations in the U.S.

George F. McCray

Current Title
Chief, Cargo Security, Carriers & Immigration, Office of International Trade
U.S. Customs & Border Protection
Department of Homeland Security

Agency During Fellowship
Department of the Treasury, U.S. Customs Service, Intellectual Property Rights Branch

Home State: Massachusetts

Professional Specialty
Attorney, Intellectual Property Rights (IPR)

Host Agency in Japan
Ministry of Finance, Customs and Traffic Bureau

Placement Description
September 1996 – September 1997
Gained an understanding of the status of Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) enforcement in Japan.

Representative activities:

  • Conducted an in-depth review of Japanese IPR border protection systems.
  • Participated in Tokyo Customs Regional Office investigations and meetings with rights holders and importers.
  • Observed Japan‰s proprietary IPR database.

Post-Fellowship
Current U.S. Government Assignments and Activities
Serves as Attorney Advisor for the Intellectual Property Rights Branch, U.S. Customs Service.

Richard Silver

Current Title
U.S. Consulate, Karachi

Agency During Fellowship
U.S. Treasury Department, Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, Western District.

Home State: California

Professional Specialty
Senior Attorney

Host Agency in Japan
Ministry of Finance, Banking Bureau, Research Division

Bank of Japan

Diet Member (Mr. Yasuhisa Shiozaki)

Placement Description
September 1996 – September 1997
Acquired an in-depth understanding of Japan’s financial system and the reform of Japan’s banking laws.

Representative activities:

  • Prepared materials for meetings of the Banking Bureau’s Director-General’s study group on Prompt Corrective Action.

  • Attended meetings of the Financial System Research Council.
  • Translated recommendations on revising the Bank of Japan Law, which was distributed to the G-7.
  • Served as in intern with Congressman Yasuhisa Shiozaki, member of the House of Councillors.

Post-Fellowship
U.S. Government Assignments and Activities
Served as Japan Country Manager at the Federal Reserve Bank in San Francisco. Previously at the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency where he advised the Office on Japanese financial system reform and participated in meetings with Japanese delegations. Was detailed to Treasury’s Office of International Banking and Securities Markets, exclusively covering Japan. Chairs a national committee of economists, financial analysts, national bank examiners and engineers, which is developing a Web-based tool for national bank examiners to understand how U.S. regional economies are connected to international economic events. Presently, Chief Operating Officer, Japan-America Society of Northern California.

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