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

GRIPS-Mansfield Foundation Joint Seminar

“U.S. and Japan: Advancing Safety, Foreign Policy Objectives, and Economic Interests through Transportation”

Date: Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Time: 12:10-13:40

Venue: National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS) 

4th Floor, Research Room 4 B

Speaker:      Lindsey Constantino (Mansfield Fellow)

                    International Transportation Specialist, Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, U.S. Department of Transportation

Moderator:    Kunihiko Shinoda, Professor & Executive Advisor, GRIPS Alliance, National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS)       


Conventional wisdom has largely categorized transportation policy as a domestic issue. However, China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) proved transportation policy can be an effective foreign policy tool. In late 2019, the United States, Japan, and Australia announced the Blue Dot Network, a potential alternative to BRI’s influence over infrastructure development in the Indo-Pacific.

In the wake of increasing U.S.-Japan cooperation, Ms. Constantino, International Transportation Specialist at the U.S. Department of Transportation, will discuss how these two countries can use transportation policy to advance safety , foreign policy objectives, and economic interests in the region. She will offer personal observations regarding these challenges, and will highlight the importance of U.S. and Japanese leadership and cooperation in the region.

At the U.S. Department of Transportation, Ms. Constantino represents the United States on United Nations transportation forums and organizes large scale diplomatic and regulatory projects. She holds a BA in Political Science and an MA in International Commerce and Policy.

Mr. Kunihiko SHINODA graduated from the University of Tokyo in 1988 (BA, Economics) and Carnegie Mellon University in 1994 (MSIA). He joined the Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI) in 1988 (MITI changed its name to Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry in 2001). He has mainly engaged in assignments related to economic partnership agreements, economic and technical cooperation, and energy and environmental cooperation with Asian countries. He has overseas working experience at the Embassy of Japan in the Philippines (1996-1999), JODC Bangkok Office (2002-2005), JOGMEC Beijing Office and JCEA Beijing Office (2012-2017). He joined GRIPS in June 2019 and has engaged in studies on economic integration and economic cooperation in the Indo-Pacific region and promotion of networking with Asian universities and research institutes.

*Language: English

*Admission Free

*Please bring your own lunch.

* This seminar will be off the record.

For registration and Inquiries please contact: or 03 6439 6037 (Ms. Ozawa or Ms. Yamazaki)

For Access to the GRIPS campus: 7-22-1 Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo 106-8677