The Next Generation Japan Leadership Network


Program Overview

Given Japan’s strategic importance to the United States, it is essential to continue engaging young and emerging Japanese scholars in the U.S.-Japan relationship. To that effect, the Mansfield Foundation is pleased to launch the Next Generation Japan Leadership Network, an 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 Next Generation Japan Leadership Network was administered in 2013-2014 by the Mansfield Foundation, with the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs as grantor.

Program Goals

  • Identify young Japanese scholars who demonstrate an interest in and potential for becoming leaders and specialists in U.S.-Japan relations and support them in this effort
  • Strengthen and expand the network of emerging generation of Japanese professionals engaged in U.S.-Japan relations
  • Increase the visibility of young Japanese scholars and provide opportunities for engagement with policymakers and the private sector in Japan and the United States
  • Encourage new Japan-related research and projects and collaboration among participants
Program Meetings
  • November 8-9, 2013: Tokyo, Japan
  • March 3-7, 2014: Washington, D.C.
  • March 7-9, 2014: Warrenton, Virginia



The Next Generation Japan Leadership Program is no longer an active exchange.



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