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

The Mansfield Foundation is pleased to introduce the Next Generation Japan Leadership Network, a six-month 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 is administered by the Mansfield Foundation, with the United States Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, as grantor.

Program goals:

  1. 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
  2. Strengthen and expand the network of emerging generation of Japanese professionals engaged in U.S.-Japan relations
  3. Increase the visibility of young Japanese scholars and provide opportunities for engagement with policymakers and the private sector in Japan and the United States
  4. Encourage new Japan-related research and projects and collaboration among participants

Program Meetings:

  • November 2013: Tokyo, Japan (two days)
  • March 2014: Warrenton, Virginia (four days), Washington, D.C. (one week)

Eligibility and Requirements:

  • Applicants must be Japanese citizen or permanent resident who are currently and actively involved in the U.S.-Japan dialogue
  • Must have a professional and/or scholarly interest in U.S.-Japan relations and plans for long-term engagement with the United States
  • Must be able to participate in all scheduled meetings
  • Mid-career level (several years of relevant experience)
  • Fluency in the English and Japanese Language