Profiles 2001-2003

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Robert O. Bosworth | Robert Hong | Keith A. Krulak
Paul M. Linehan |Shelagh J. Sayers| Martin A. Yahiro|Deborah F. Yaplee

 

Robert O. Bosworth

Current Title
Logistics Manager, Booz Allen Hamilton Inc.
Formerly, Lieutenant Colonel, Director, Army Programs, Mutual Defense Assistance Office, Embassy of the United States in Tokyo

Agency During Fellowship U.S. Army

Home state: Washington

Professional Specialty: Director, Army Technology Programs

Host Agencies in Japan

Japan Defense Agency

· Internal Bureau, Office of the Secretariat of the Minister of State for Defense, Secretariat Division

· Ground Staff Office, Planning and Operations Department, Policy and Programs Division, Policy and Programs Section

· Joint Staff Office, Logistics (J4)

Diet Internship

Ministry of Foreign Affairs – North America Bureau, Japan-United States Treaty Division

Placement Description

September 2002 – September 2003

Learned how the Japan Self Defense Force manages logistics planning and support; gained an understanding of Japan’s security and defense policies, including how Japan coordinates with the United States on security issues.

Representative Activities:

  • visited Iruma Base, the largest Japan Air Self Defense Force base in Japan
  • participated in international conferences including the 7th Tokyo Defense Forum for Defense Authorities in the Asia Pacific Region, Japan Ground Self Defense Force (JGSDF)-US Army XVIII Bilateral Staff Talks, Bilateral Logistics Conference 2002, and Multilateral Logistics Staff Talks 2003 (MLST 03)
  • observed training events including a bilateral training exercise at Camp Asaka, Exercise Orient Shield 03, and a bilateral training exercise involving a regiment of the 1st Division, Exercise Yama Sakura 2003
  • co-authored an article with a JGSDF colleague on logistics in the JGSDF, entitled “Logistics in the Japan Ground Self Defense Force,” which was published in the November 2003 issue of Army Logistician magazine
  • participated in an international ballistic missile defense (BMD) conference in Kyoto
  • drafted a series of questions in preparation for an Anti-Terrorism Special Measures Law coordination committee meeting
  • wrote a paper addressing Acquisition and Cross Servicing Agreement and Wartime Host Nation Support

Post Fellowship

U.S. Government Assignments and Activities

Assigned to the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo as Director of Army Programs at the Mutual Defense Assistance Office

 

Robert Hong

Current Title
Operations Manager/ACAC
Western Pacific Region Air Traffic Division
Federal Aviation Administration
U.S. Department of Transportation

Agency During Fellowship
Federal Aviation Administration

Home State Hawaii

Professional Specialty Operations Supervisor

Host Agencies in Japan

Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport – Civil Aviation Bureau (JCAB), Air Traffic Services Department, Air Traffic Control Division

Diet Internship

Placement Description

September 2002 – September 2003

Developed an in-depth understanding of the operational and policy issues surrounding air space management between the U.S. and Japan.

Representative Activities:

  • reviewed and made recommendations on existing and new procedures designed to enhance air traffic safety and efficiency, particularly with regard to Japan’s plan to launch a new communications satellite
  • attended the Aeronautical Mobile Communication Panel (AMCP) meeting held in Kobe
  • traveled with the host Diet member and his staff to his constituency and attended a town meeting
  • · toured Itami Airport in Osaka
  • reviewed procedures, offered input on existing policies, and provided advice on new policies and procedures related to Haneda Airport expansion project
  • observed an electronic simulation of newly proposed air traffic and airport procedures in Haneda Airport
  • participated in an inter-agency meeting between JCAB and the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA, equivalent of USAID in Japan) on Japan’s air traffic management and services system
  • traveled to Bangkok, Thailand, as a member of JCAB delegation to attend the Asia Pacific Air Navigation Planning and Implementation Regional Group (APANPIRG) conference

Post Fellowship

U.S. Government Assignments and Activities

Returned to Federal Aviation Administration as Operations Supervisor

Keith A. Krulak

Current Title
Senior Economic Analyst
U.S. Department of State

Agency During Fellowship
U.S. Department of the Treasury

Home State Connecticut

Professional Specialty International Economist

Host Agencies in Japan

Ministry of Finance – Budget Bureau, Research Division

Diet Internship

Cabinet Office – Economic and Fiscal Management Directorate, Policy Planning and Coordination Division

Placement Description

September 2002 – September 2003

Learned how economic and financial policies are formulated in Japan; gained an understanding of the relationship between Japan’s executive and legislative branches in establishing economic and financial policies.

Representative Activities:

  • attended budget examination hearings
  • was a part of the team responsible for assisting with the smooth operations of the Fiscal System Council
  • assisted his colleagues with the research and analysis of several fiscal issues in the United States
  • attended plenary sessions of the Lower House, legal affairs committee meetings, and daily meetings at the Liberal Democratic Party headquarters
  • traveled with his host Diet member and his staff to meet with his constituents
  • attended hearings on the impact of Prime Minister Koizumi’s structural reform agenda on various parts of the economy
  • attended briefings at the Cabinet Office headquarters as well as the Prime Minister’s office

Post Fellowship

U.S. Government Assignments and Activities

Returned to the Department of the Treasury as International Economist. September 2003, made a presentation on functions and characteristics of the Economic and Fiscal Management Directorate under the Cabinet Office to Japan watchers in Washington, D.C.

Recently named Director for International Finance at National Security Council.

Paul M. Linehan

Current Title
Senior Foreign Affairs Advisor – Asia,
and Asia Branch Chief
U.S. Department of Defense

Agency During Fellowship
U.S. Department of Defense

Home State Massachusetts

Professional Specialty Branch Chief

Host Agencies in Japan

Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry(METI)

· Trade Policy Bureau, International Economic Affairs Division

· Trade and Economic Cooperation Bureau, Trade and Investment Facilitation Division

Diet Internship

Cabinet Secretariat – Cabinet Intelligence and Research Office (CIRO)

Placement Description

September 2002 – September 2003

Learned how regional economic and trade dynamics affect Japan’s strategic policy and defense and security planning.

Representative Activities:

  • worked closely with the division chief in assessing Asian regional trade, economic development policy
  • examined the comparative impact of China’s rising regional influence, commensurate with its military budget, economic development on Japan
  • contributed to a research report on Asia regional geopolitical strategic energy interests, which his division chief used to personally brief Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi
  • drafted critical economic policy documents including the Japan Investment Council Recommendations Report
  • participated in the formulation of the final draft versions of several key economic policy documents such as the Japan Investment Council (JIC) Committee of Experts Final Recommendations Report
  • wrote an article on FDI with his colleague, which was printed in the editorial section of the Japan Times
  • attended several high-level meetings at his host Diet member’s office, with foreign diplomats, and director general level staff briefings with members of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) and METI

Post Fellowship

Current U.S. Government Assignments and Activities

Returned to the U.S. Department of Defense. Recently named senior foreign affairs specialist, responsible for assessing of policy implication of Asia regional defense technology and security, defense export controls, missile defense, and international defense technology cooperation.

Shelagh J. Sayers

Current Title
Special Agent
Computer Intrusion Squad, San Francisco Division, Federal Bureau of Investigation
U.S. Department of Justice

Agency During Fellowship
Federal Bureau of Investigation

Home State California

Professional Specialty Special Agent

Host Agencies in Japan

National Police Agency

Kanagawa Prefectural Police Department

Cabinet Secretariat – Information Technology Security Office

Japan Computer Emergency Response Team Coordination Center

Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) – IT Security Policy OfficeInformation Technology Promotion Agency

Kyoto Prefectural Police

Placement Description

September 2002 – 2003

Gained an understanding of the role of Japan’s law enforcement community in responding to domestic and international terrorism as well as computer intrusion; learned how Japan’s law enforcement organizations exchange information with their counterparts throughout the world.

Representative Activities:

  • visited several NPA facilities, including the Traffic Control Center and the National Fingerprint Identification Center
  • learned about police box or koban system
  • met with executives from Nifty, the largest Internet service provider in Japan
  • toured IBM Japan
  • observed a computer crime case in a local district court
  • attended a training course organized by the Communications Research Lab (CRL) in Tokyo
  • had a business trip to Taipei to attend the Asia Pacific Regional National Security Incident Response Team Conference with her colleagues

Post Fellowship

Current U.S. Government Assignments and Activities

Returned to the Federal Bureau of Investigation as Special Agent

Martin A. Yahiro

Current Title
Senior Director,
Clinical, Regulatory and Medical Affairs
Medtronic Sofamor Danek

Agency During Fellowship
Food and Drug Administration

Home State California

Professional Specialty Orthopedic Surgeon

Host Agencies in Japan

Ministry of Health, Labour, and Welfare (MHLW) – Medical Safety Bureau, Licensing and Evaluation Division

Pharmaceutical and Medical Device Evaluation Center (PMDEC) – Division 4, Medical Devices

Pentax Optical Co., Inc. – New Ceramics Division

University of Tokyo School of Medicine – Department of Orthopedic Surgery

Chiba University School of Medicine – Department of Orthopedic Surgery

Kyoto University School of Medicine – Department of Orthopedic Surgery

Medtronic Sofamor Danek

Placement Description

September 2002 – September 2003

Developed an understanding of Japan’s clinical trials system for surgical implant devices; examined Japan’s review process for devices and explored opportunities for harmonization.

Representative Activities:

  • attended several internal and external meetings related to the implementation of the new legislation at MHLW
  • participated in meetings between PMDEC and industry representatives
  • conducted a Good Clinical Practices (GCP) inspection at the Tohoku University’s dental research facility in Sendai
  • gave briefings to his colleagues on a variety of topics related to FDA’s medical device review and policies
  • met with the CEO of Life Care, a Pentax’s subsidiary manufacturing all of Pentax’s medical endoscopes and optical devices
  • participated in two cervical spine surgeries at the University of Tokyo School of Medicine
  • observed the actual clinical application of spinal and other orthopedic implants available in Japan, at Chiba University School of Medicine and Kyoto University School of Medicine

Post Fellowship

Current U.S. Government Assignments and Activities

Returned to the Food and Drug Administration as Medical Officer

Deborah F. Yaplee

Current Title
Senior Program Management Officer Consultant
Center for Drug Evaluation and Research
Food and Drug Administration
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Agency During Fellowship
Food and Drug Administration

Home State Maryland

Professional Specialty

Senior Program Management Officer

Host Agencies in Japan

Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare (MHLW) – Pharmaceutical and Food Safety Bureau

· Safety Division

· Evaluation and Licensing Division

Pharmaceuticals and Medical Devices Evaluation Center (PMDEC) – Evaluation Division I

Placement Description

September 2002 – September 2003

Learned about Japan’s pre-marketing and post-marketing drug safety programs and the electronic submission of adverse events; examined how drug safety reports are collected and reported to regulatory agencies.

Representative Activities:

  • attended the Drug Information Association (DIA) Conference, “Pharmaceutical Evolution in Asia 2002”
  • attended a symposium jointly held by the Kitasato University and the Harvard School of Public Health on “Advanced and Global Drug Development Techniques: Simultaneous, Worldwide Development Strategies and Pharmacogenomics”
  • observed an advisory committee meeting on new drug applications (NDAs)
  • participated in an International Conference on Harmonization M2 videoconference between the United States, Europe and Japan
  • participated in an internal review discussion regarding the status of a pending NDA
  • observed meetings between PMDEC and industry representatives
  • had a business trip to Kyushu University’s Department of Hospital Pharmacy Department in Fukuoka

Post Fellowship

Current U.S. Government Assignments and Activities

Returned to the Food and Drug Administration as a Senior Program Management Officer

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