Connecting People & Ideas to Advance Mutual Interests in U.S.-Asia Relations

On July 1, the 28th class of Mansfield Fellows began their year in Japan, while the 27th class concluded their time in Tokyo the preceding day.

Mansfield Fellows with Embassy of Japan officials in Washington DC

June 2024: DC-based Fellows from MFP28 met with Embassy of Japan officials as part of their pre-departure activities

The Mansfield Fellowship Program gives each class of Fellows—ten U.S. federal employees—unparalleled access to the Japanese government, and allows them to experience the culture and language in order to become true experts on the country. Through intensive language studies and professional placements within Japanese government ministries, participants in the program gain an insider’s view of this close friend and ally of the United States.

Over the last year, the Fellows have participated in Japanese language training, policy and cultural seminars, and engagement with Government of Japan and other stakeholders. MFP28 will begin an 8-week homestay in Ishikawa Prefecture to further focus on language skills and cultural immersion, before returning to Tokyo to begin 10 months of placements in government agencies.

Read more about the Fellowship Program here.

Are you a current federal employee interested in becoming a Mansfield Fellow? Applications for the 30th class of Fellows are now open.

This program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, with funding provided by the U.S. Government, and is administered by The Maureen and Mike Mansfield Foundation.