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KAKEHASHI Program: Emerging Japanese Researchers


The Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership, (CGP) is assisting with the implementation of the KAKEHASHI Project: Emerging Japanese Researchers. The ultimate goal of the KAKEHASHI Project is to promote deeper mutual understanding between the people of Japan and the U.S. and to enable future leaders of Japan-U.S. exchanges to form networks. The KAKEHASHI Project also includes large-scale youth exchanges (middle school, high school, and undergraduate students), as well as graduate students and working professionals. As part of the program, we are organizing programs for three groups of emerging Japanese academics and researchers to come to the U.S.. 

The first two groups arrived in September and October respectively.  The first group consisted of researchers from the US-Japan Research Institute and the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies  They spent eight days in the US, splitting their time between Washington, DC and Seattle.  They met with individuals at various government offices pertinent to their field of study, had discussions with think tank researchers, participated in roundtables with academic institutions, and networked with U.S. NGOs.  In between the meetings, they also had some opportunities to take in the sights in the two cities. 


 The second group consisted of individuals from the Institute of Energy Economics Japan and Japan Center for Economic Research.  This second group spent five days in the Washington, DC area.  They interacted with government officials, met with think tank researchers, and also interacted with students at Georgetown University.





The third group of participants included researchers and professors from Japan Institute of International Affairs, Aoyama Shachu Corporation, Kyorin University, Okinawa International University, and Yokohama National University.  They spent five days in the Washington, DC area meeting with government officials and think tank researchers.  They also participated in a roundtable discussion with former US KAKEHASHI participants.