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Announcing the 2014 Japan Travel program participants

14-May-2014 For the sixth year, the Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership, in collaboration with the Association of Professional Schools of International Affairs (APSIA), will sponsor a group graduate students on a ten day study-tour through Japan, with site visits to Tokyo, Sendai, Hiroshima, and Osaka.

Students selected for the 2014 program are:

•    Matt Buttweiler, University of California, San Diego School of International Relations and Pacific Studies
•    Jenna Gibson, Georgetown University Walsh School of Foreign Service
•    David Gitter, George Washington University Elliott School of International Affairs
•    Whitney Hoot, University of Maryland School of Public Policy
•    Rebecca Hostetler, University of Denver Korbel School of International Studies
•    Nicole Kessler, University of Minnesota Humphrey School of Public Affairs
•    Saumya Kurup, Johns Hopkins University Nitze School of Advanced International Studies
•    Daniel Khalessi, Yale University MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies
•    Emily Rodriguez, University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public and International Affairs
•    Emmett Sapp, Princeton University Wilson School of Public and International Affairs
•    Eugene Shapsyuk, Georgetown University Walsh School of Foreign Service
•    Clint Shoemake, Tufts University Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy
•    Brett Tolman, Yale University MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies
•    Diana Won, University of Michigan Ford School of Public Policy
•    Calita Woods, American University School of International Service

The Program works to foster a new generation of leaders in the United States who have first-hand knowledge of Japan and how it is trying to fulfill its shared global responsibilities. During the trip, students engage with Japanese experts in the fields of politics, economics, and civil society; visit government ministries, think tanks, policy institutes, businesses, and non-profit organizations; conduct a self-organized research day in Tokyo in small groups; and enjoy cultural excursions. 

APSIA comprises more than 60 member schools and affiliated programs around the world dedicated to the improvement of professional education in international affairs and the advancement thereby of international understanding, prosperity, peace, and security. By combining multidisciplinary, policy-oriented, intercultural studies with career development, APSIA member schools are preparing students for the global workplace of the 21st Century and have become the primary sources of education for international affairs professionals in their respective countries. provides information about our member schools to prospective students, international affairs professionals and organizations looking to recruit students and alumni from our member schools.