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

As part of their participation in the U.S.-Japan Network for the Future, members of Cohort Six worked on opinion pieces and other writings to refine their expertise into short, policy-relevant articles. From 2023 to 2024, Network Experts used their research, including travel with the Network for the Future, to craft these pieces to inform policy discussions taking place in the United States, Japan, and beyond.

Below are pieces from a range of experts on Japan and the U.S.-Japan relationship. Many of these pieces were published in other outlets, as noted below. The following PDFs and links are compiled for educational purposes only. No ownership or authorship by the Mansfield Foundation is claimed or implied.

Benjamin Bartlett, “U.S. Cyber Diplomacy in Southeast Asia and the Indo-Pacific.” In US-Japan: Advancing Cybersecurity and Resiliency in the Age of Uncertainty. Mark Bryan Manantan, Editor. Published by Pacific Forum International. (February 2024)

Paul Christensen, “Jingu Gaien Redevelopment Sparks Outrage in Tokyo. Is the Backlash Too Little, Too Late?.” In The Diplomat. (January 30, 2024)

Tom Le, “Japan as the Future: Demographic Crisis.” In Tokyo Review. (July 25, 2023)

Tom Le, “Akira Toriyama and the True Source of Japanese Soft Power.” In The Diplomat. (March 19, 2024)

Mihoko Matsubara, “Taiwan and Japan must learn from Russian cyberwarfare.Coauthored with Yuster Yu, In Nikkei Asia (January 25, 2024)

Charles McClean, “The Growing Concern of Japan’s Silver Democracy.” Interview with National Public Radio’s All Things Considered. (June 28, 2023)

Charles McClean, “Washington Welcomes Prime Minister Kishida.” Coauthored with Sheila Smith, in Comparative Connections, Volume 26, Issue 1 (May 2024)

Lauren McKee, “Japan’s Visit to America Exposed US Leadership Legitimacy Issues.” Interview with CounterPunch. (May 10, 2024)

Ryo Morimoto, “Fallout as a Process: Ryo Morimoto on Fukushima.” Interview with Public Books Magazine. (May 9, 2024)


Cohort Six included journalist Noriko Akiyama of Japan’s Asahi Shimbun. Ms. Akiyama featured Network participants throughout the Cohort’s programming, including the following articles:

大阪弁が醸す愛情深さ、「男っぽさ」 外国人が感じる日本語の不思議” [The Affectionate and “Manly” Quality of the Osaka dialect: A Foreigner’s take on the Mysteries of the Japanese Language], featuring Cohort member Cindi SturtzSreetharan. Asahi Shimbun. (February 14, 2023)

学費無料の米国の地方大学で 「全然知らなかった」日本を学ぶ意義は” [“I Had No Idea: The Value of Learning About Japan at a Tuition-Free Local University in the U.S.], Featuring Cohort Member Lauren McKee. Asahi Shimbun. (February 17, 2023)

若者が日本の政治を変えるには 米国の政治学者と歴史学者が持つ視点” [How Young People Can Change Japanese politics? Perspectives from American Political Scientists and Historians], featuring Cohort Members Nick Kapur and Charles McCleanAsahi Shimbun. (February 16, 2023)

The views expressed in these pieces are the authors’ own, and do not necessarily reflect the views of their employers, the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Foundation, or any other organization.