Women in Politics and Public Service

Women in Politics and

Public Service

Organized by the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Foundation and

The National Association of Japan-America Societies and

sponsored by Citigroup; in-kind support from All Nippon Airways

Program Description

The Maureen and Mike Mansfield Foundation (MMMF) in cooperation
with the National Association of Japan-America Societies (NAJAS)
organized this two-phase program during which two delegations—American
and Japanese—of influential women visited each others’ country
and examined the policymaking processes. During the first phase
of the program in December 2004, the U.S. delegation spent a week
in Japan meeting their Japanese counterparts in public service;
visiting public and non-governmental organizations whose mission
is to focus on social policy; and sharing their experiences. Our
collaborators in Japan were the Women’s Association for a Better
Aging Society, The Dawn Center and the Fusae Ichikawa Memorial
Association. In July 2005, the Japanese delegation spent a week
in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and Washington, D.C. visiting their
American counterparts.

 

Phase One: Securing the Future in Japan and the United States:

Women in Politics and Public Service

(December 4th-12th, 2004)

Phase One: Securing the Future in Japan and the United States:

Women in Politics and Public Service

Participants for the December 4-12, 2004 program included:

 

Karen Fraser, (D) District 22, Washington State

Legislature.

Linda Gray, (R) District 10, Arizona State Legislature;
Senator elect.

Marilyn Jarrett, (R) District 19, Arizona State

Legislature.

The Mansfield Foundation was saddened to learn that
Senator Jarrett passed away on March 10, 2006.

Sonja Nesbit, Professional minority staff member
for the U.S. House Ways and Means Committee.

Sharon Sayles-Belton, Senior Fellow, Humphrey
Institute, former mayor of Minneapolis (1994-2001).

Karen Schwarzwalder ,YWCA Executive Director,
Columbus Board of education member and past president Columbus
Board of Education.

Shirley Wilcher, President, Wilcher Global Diversity
Consulting, former executive director of Americans for a Fair
Chance.

 

Phase One Interim Report (Click here for the PDF file)

Program Agenda and Participant Biographies

(English and Japanese Versions)

 

Program Description (Japanese version in PDF file)

 

Program Agenda and Participant Bios (English version in PDF file)

 

Program Agenda and Participant Bios (Japanese version in PDF file)

Phase Two: From the Capitals to the Community: Woman and Public

Policy in the United States and Japan

(July 9th-16th,2005)

Phase Two: From the Capitals to the Community: Woman and Public
Policy in the United States and Japan

Participants:

Particpants for the July 9-16, 2005, program include:

 

Fujii, Kiyoko, President, Yokohama Women’s Association
for Communication and Networking.

Tamai, Keiko, Senior Program Officer, Asia Foundation.

Mizushima, Hiroko, Member, House of Representatives

(Democratic Party of Japan).

Higuchi, Keiko, President, Women’s Association

for a Better Aging Society.

Nakamura,Tsuyako, Professor, Doshisha University.

Shikano, Sachie, CEO,YWCA of Osaka.

Otani, Mikiko, Attorney, Otani Law Offices.

 

Participant
Biographies

Event Summary

Photo Gallery

 

Press Release/Media Advisory:

 

Prominent Japanese
Women Policymakers to Visit Washington, D.C., to Examine Social
Issues with U.S. Counterparts
(Washington, D.C.)

(Media Advisory) June
28. 2005

 

 

Prominent Japanese
Women Policymakers to Visit Twin Cities, to Examine Social Issues
with U.S. Counterparts
(Minnesota)

(Media Advisory) June
28. 2005

 

Media Report:

 

The Washington Post reports on Ms. Hiroko Mizushima: Japan’s
Joan of Arc Advocates New Way of Life
July 15, 2005

 

 

 

Funding

This program is funded by Citigroup. All Nippon Airways is provided
in-kind support with airline tickets for the delegation. Michael
and Charlotte Delaney provided additional support.

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