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Intellectual Exchange Grants 2010

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Brookings Institution, Washington, D.C.  
Energy Security Initiative and the Center for Northeast Asian Policy Studies (Year 3)
Project Director: Martin Indyk, Vice President and Director, Foreign Policy
$95,978
This project with concurrently support: 1) the Energy Security Initiative which will conduct research on U.S.-Japan efforts on climate change and focusing on the dilemma of balancing China’s desire for continuing economic growth with the critical need to engage China into the international climate framework and 2) the Center for Northeast Asian Policy Studies which seeks to bring qualified scholars to the institution for high-level intellectual exchange between the U.S., Japan, and other countries in Asia.

Center for The National Interest, Washington, D.C. (Formerly the Nixon Center)
U.S.-Japanese Cooperation in Central Asia and Afghanistan
Project Director: Drew Thompson, Director of China Studies and Starr Fellow
$40,000
Through a series of interviews and workshops in Tokyo and Washington DC, this project seeks to propose a set of recommendations on how Tokyo and Washington can work together in formulating diplomatic and development strategies for the Central Asian region so that these strategies can contribute to the security and stabilization of Afghanistan. This component is part of a larger project that will be exploring parallel U.S. cooperative strategies with China, Japan, and South Korea.

Center for The National Interest, Washington, D.C. (Formerly the Nixon Center)
Extended Deterrence and Stability in East Asia: A U.S-Japan-Korea Dialogue
Project Director: Paul Saunders, Executive Director
$81,642
The project is built around a two-year series of dialogue meetings among U.S., Japanese, and Korean experts on security issues.  The meetings will focus on discussing changes in East Asia's security environment and how extended deterrence-a key basis of regional stability during the Cold War-can be understood in the profoundly different world of the twenty-first century.  The project director will write an interim report assessing potential threats and challenges in East Asia and a final report offering policy recommendations.  The project also includes a series of Washington-based seminars on topical East Asian security issues.

Center for Strategic and International Studies, Washington,  D.C.
Bridging Asia: U.S.-Japan Strategies for Collaborative Frameworks in Asia (Year 3)
Project Director: Michael Green,  Japan Chair and Senior Advisor
$99,990
Through a series of trilateral U.S.-Japan-India strategic dialogues, this project seeks to formulate recommendations and models to generate a broad consensus within Asia and across the Pacific, advancing the debate over the future institutional architecture of Asian and establishing a leadership agenda to guide the region in the years ahead. Discussions will compare perspective on institutional architecture and identify areas of convergence, ideas for trilateral policy coordination between the three governments and within regional forms and institutions as well as such key principles that might inform a commonly held vision for how democracies in Asia can work together to advance political stability, economic openness, democracy and the rule of law, good governance, and human rights in Asia.

Council on Foreign Relations, Washington, D.C. 
China and India as Emerging Powers: Challenge or Opportunity for the U.S. and Japan? (Year 3)
Project Director: Sheila Smith, Senior Fellow for Japan Studies
$138,253
Through a series of policy discussions, this project seeks to 1) analyze the rise of China and India in global affairs and ascertain the influence of these newly rising powers in the management of international relations, 2) examine the links between contemporary international power shifts and policy choices made by the United States and Japan, and 3) produce policy relevant prescriptions for private and public sector decision makers in the United States and Japan on opportunities for cooperation. As such, discussions will explore the global consequences of the economic rise of these two countries and the impact on the management of the global economy; conventional and strategic military consequences that accompany this economic rise; the energy needs and environmental impact of these rapidly growing economies and the international coordination necessary to manage the use of resources and resulting environmental impact, and finally, the types of influence expected to emanate from these globalizing powers. 

East-West Center, Honolulu, HI
APEC and the Future of Asia-Pacific Cooperation
Project Director: Charles Morrison, President
$27,808
Distinguished experts from the Asia-Pacific, in a round table format, will consider key questions about APEC’s future including its membership, functions, issue scope, level of institutionalization, and interface with existing and proposed regional and global institutions, as well as how APEC might be adjusted or reinvented to meet new needs.

East-West Center, Honolulu, HI
Japan-United States Journalist Exchange (Year 2)
Project Director: Susan Kreifels, Media Programs Coordinator
$70,544

Through this project, concurrently, a group of US journalist will travel to Japan, and Japanese journalists to the US to visit the respective capitols and travel further afield to explore issues of politics, economics, education, social issues, etc. Specifically, this year’s theme is “New Leadership and the Global Economic Crisis,” but participants will also look at broader issues such as aging and elder care, immigration, and partnerships with civil society. Community dialogues will be an integral component of the exchange. Finally, the journalists, who come from a broad range of media outlets, will then meet in Honolulu to share perspectives gained through the study tour as well as discuss how to exchange and enhance media cover of US-Japan issues.

Environmental Law Institute Washington, D.C. 
Strengthening Post-Conflict Security and Diplomacy: Integrating Natural Resource Management and Infrastructure Redevelopment into U.S. and Japanese Peacebuilding Initiatives (Year 3)
Project Director: Carl Bruch, Senior Attorney and Co-Director, International Programs
$87,153
This project will support U.S.-Japanese dialogue to determine ways in which effective Post-Conflict Natural Resource Management (PCNRM) and infrastructure development can improve peacebuilding in post-conflict countries in Asia and the Pacific. Methodology will focus on identifying lessons learned from these experiences, developing policy recommendations for U.S. and Japanese bilateral assistance in post-conflict countries, highlighting technical insights in undertaking specific PCNRM projects to strengthen the transition to peace and security, and discussing how the U.S and Japan will disseminate national policy developments internationally.

iLEAP: The Center for Critical Service, Seattle, WA
US-Japan Social Innovation Forum
Project Director: Britt Yamamoto, Executive Director and Founder
$93,984
This forum seeks to advance the understanding of practical applications and conceptual models informing the work of social innovation and the creation of a “New Public Commons” through a series of capacity-building exchanges of social leaders in Japan and the United States. During face-to-face gatherings of the new generation of social leaders in Seattle and Japan, participants will go through an intensive professional training via an experiential learning approach which integrates academic seminars taught by leaders in the field with fact-to-face meetings with a diverse set of businesses, organizations, and institutions.

Institute for Foreign Policy Analysis, Inc., Boston, MA
Peacebuilding as a US-Japan Alliance Mission: Developing a Complementary "Whole-of-Alliance" Approach (Year 1)
Project Director: Weston Konishi, Associate Director of Asia-Pacific Studies
$59,939
This project aims to help close peacebuilding strategy gaps between Japan and the United States. Areas of inquiry where joint U.S.-Japan attention may be productive include identifying and reconciling the allies' different approaches in favor of jointly promoting more strategically conceived and planned peacebuilding space; examining how government change in both countries is affecting their peacebuilding priorities and capacities, possibly creating new opportunities for cooperation; and developing a framework for cooperation that applies a whole-of-government approach to the broader alliance, centered on the critical seam between stabilization and peace consolidation.

Japan Society, Inc., New York, NY
The Design Difference: Using Design to Solve Real World Problems
Project Director: Betty Borden, Director, Policy Projects
$59,587
Building on the US-Japan Innovators Network, this collaboration brings together designers, social entrepreneurs, and others from Japan, the US and Asia, to look at how design can serve as a tool for solving challenging social problems. The focus of this project will be Brownsville, in Brooklyn, New York. Through a series of events, such as a site visit and a charrette, participants will identify ideas for change that can be made in the Brownsville community in one week, one month and one year.

Johns Hopkins University, International Society for Third Sector Research, Baltimore, MD
The Impact of the Economic Crisis on Civil Society and Philanthropy in Asia and the United States
Project Director: Margery Daniels, Executive Director
$50,765
A symposium will be held in Japan to analyze the impact of the economic crisis on civil society and philanthropy in Asia and the United States. Senior scholars from leading institutions in Japan, China, Hong Kong, Korea, and the U.S. will participate. Hosted by the Center for Nonprofit Research and Information, it will feature research papers on the central issues raised by the impact of the crisis on civil society and philanthropy in Asia and the U.S.

Johns Hopkins University, Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies, Washington, DC
Japan-U.S.-Canada Cooperation in a Multilateral Context (Year 2)
Project Director: Kent Calder, Director, Reischauer Center of East Asian Studies
$49,665
This project, through a series of three conferences, seeks to strengthen relations among Japan , Canada , and the United States through the exploration of issues of mutual analytical interest. The four overarching topics under discussion are: 1) international developments and international architecture, 2) the Arctic region and global affairs, 3) developments in the Asia-Pacific region, and 4) energy security. Conference proceedings and conclusions will be disseminated to the broader public both through Internet websites, and through the publication of Occasional Papers.

Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD
Proprietary Challenges in Stem Cell Research: Scientific Innovation and Global Justice in an Asian Context
Project Director: Debra Mathews, Assistant Director for Science Programs
$49,992
The goal  of this project is to identify, evaluate and address both the near and long term challenges raised by IP and data/materials sharing practices in stem cell research against an analysis of science as a public good, as operationalized in an Asian context.  The specific objectives are to (1) Engage relevant stakeholders from Japan and China in a process of evaluating and refining a set of consensus documents around IP and data/materials sharing in SCR; (2) Identify those guidelines from the refined, place-specific set that may be actionable at the institutional, regional or national level in these countries; and (3) Begin conversations about operationalizing these guidelines.

National Committee on American Foreign Policy, New York, NY
Promoting Quadrilateral Cooperation in the Asia-Pacific Region
Project Director: Donald Zagoria, Senior Vice President
$21,978
This project seeks to facilitate greater dialogue between the United States, Japan, China, and South Korea on regional and global issues and to develop a common strategic vision such as denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.

North American Coordinating Council on Japanese Library Resources, Cambridge, MA
Ensuring Global Access to Quality Japanese Information Resources (Year 1)
Project Director: Victoria Lyon Bestor, Executive Director
$59,895
This project’s goals include: 1) to develop an internationally applicable model for faculty-librarian research and teaching teams at institutions where Japanese studies is taught but where there are no Japanese studies librarians; 2) hold summit to support new models for the distribution of digital resources from Japan to individuals and institutions outside Japan; and 3) to redesign and expand the interactive website to become a global clearinghouse for access and use of Japanese resources, an umbrella for services creating a virtual community connecting Japanese studies specialists worldwide, and providing infrastructural support to these programs and NCC services.

Pacific Forum CSIS, Honolulu, HI    
U.S.-Japan-ROK-China Relations for the 21st Century – 2010
Project Director: Ralph Cossa, President  
$64,790
This project will pursue and expand upon an ongoing dialogue aimed at building communication channels among the U.S., Japan,  Republic of Korea, and China to analyze sources of mistrust among the four nations in order to develop practical recommendations and approaches that will enable all four countries to build greater trust and mutual confidence.

The Stimson Center, Washington, DC
Bridging the Ideal with Reality: Forging US and Japan Cooperation toward a Nuclear Free World and Maintaining Effective Deterrence
Project Director: Yuki Tatsumi, Senior Associate 
$77,792
This project will pursue and expand upon an ongoing dialogue aimed at building communication channels among the U.S., Japan,  Republic of Korea, and China to analyze sources of mistrust among the four nations in order to develop practical recommendations and approaches that will enable all four countries to build greater trust and mutual confidence.

U.S.-Japan Research Institute, Washington, DC
USJI Week – February 2011
Project Director: Nobuaki Yasunaga, Manager
This project composed of a series of daily seminars and events over the course of 1-week corresponding with issues that are of high priority for research at the Institute such as environment and energy, security, and the East Asian Community and APEC. Researchers from the United States, Japan, China, Korean and other countries will present ideas and hold Q&A sessions.

University of California, Berkeley, Berkeley, CA
Linking Trade, Traditional Security, and Human Security: Lessons from Europe and the Americas and Implications for Asia
Project Director: Vinod Aggarwal, Director, Berkeley APEC Study Center
$99,693
This project examines the influence of traditional and human security factors in driving trade policy measures, and in turn the implications of different types of trade arrangements for international traditional and human security in Asia. Scholars intend to address several key gaps in the existing literature: 1) concept of "human security" as a driver and potential result of trade arrangements, independent of and distinct from "traditional" security concerns; 2) the role of different types of trade arrangements (i.e. global, minillateral, or bilateral) in defining the nature of the security-trade linkages, and 3) the concrete effects that trade arrangements have on the traditional and non-traditional security environment.

University of California, San Diego, San Diego, CA
Is Immigration Necessary?  Labor Market Policy and Strategy in the US and Japan
Project Director: John Skrentny, Co-Director, Center for Comparative Immigration Studies
$54,516
This project will analyze the American and Japanese experiences with labor migration side by side, and to bring in the experience of other Asian states.  Key questions to be addressed include which areas of the labor market is immigrant penetration most extensive and does this vary in each country, and how is each country approaching the problem of avoiding immigration and retaining economic competitiveness - and how successful have they been?  The goal is to identify successful strategies, discern when and where they are likely to be successful, bring evidence-based knowledge to a sometimes clamorous debate, and provide a map forward to all industrialized states as they contend with one of the most important aspects of globalization.

University of California, San Diego, School of International Relations and Pacific Studies, La Jolla, CA
Immigration at the National and Local Level: The Impact on Future Economic Growth and Community Relations in Japan and the United States
$62,870
Project Director: Ulrike Schaede, Professor of Japanese Business
This series of two conferences, at UCSD and in Nagoya, will highlight how the transnational migration of individuals impacts political, economic, and social policies at the national and local levels. Experts from Japan, Brazil, Australia and the United States will analyze the various stakeholders in Japan in a comparative approach with the United States to indentify possible solutions toward an internationalized society. This will also facilitate intellectual exchange regarding important policy issues of immigration and local community building from a multi-discipline approach touching on economics, political science, law, anthropology, and sociology. 

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Champaign, IL
Illinois Japan Performing Arts Network (Year 1)
Project Director: David Goodman, Professor of Japanese Literature
$88,225
The goals of this project are to: Build on the expertise of Illinois Japan studies faculty to develop interactive program in pre-modern, modern, and contemporary Japanese music, dance, and theater using digital new-media technologies; Participate in the expanding number of global performing arts networks worldwide; Integrate performing arts exchanges and collaborations with Japan into the curricular and research programs of East Asian Studies, Music, Theater, Computer Science, Art and Design, and other departments at the University of Illinois; Disseminate interactive performing arts programming via the internet and television to sites around the world; assess continuously the impact of the results of these efforts; institutionalize the Japanese performing arts as an integral part of research and teaching at the University of Illinois and other institutions in our worldwide network.

University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
Corporate Social Responsibility in a Globalizing World: Toward Effective Global CSR Frameworks (Year 2)
Project Director: Kiyoteru Tsutsui, Assistant Professor of Sociology
$75,625.00
This project seeks to bring together Japanese, Southeast Asia-based, and U.S. scholars and practitioners to examine patterns of corporations' participation in global voluntary frameworks that promote corporate social responsibility (CSR) and its impact on corporations' CSR practices.

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC
Global Shock Wave: Asia ’s Recession and the Emerging Post-crisis Divide
Project Director: Steven Rosefielde, Professor, Department of Economics
$84,315
This project aims to prepare a series of papers to alert the policy community to two Asian aspects of the unfolding global economic crisis: America's anti-crisis monetary policy and its unintentional shifting of the burden to Japan by adopting monetary policies that will cause continuous yen appreciation; and the growing wedge between developed and emerging Asia. The final outcome is to be two publications: the world economic crisis and the emergence of a new disequilibrium global macro-management strategy; and the global crisis's asymmetric impact on Asia‘s developed and emerging nations.

University of Oregon, Eugene, OR
Japanese Global Scholars Program (Year 1)
Project Director: Carl Falsgraf, Director, Center for Applied Second Language Studies
$120,250
The Japanese Global Scholars Program pairs academic with linguistic training and follows the successful Chinese Flagship Program model, which CASLS and its partners have developed and administered for the past four years.  The University of Oregon will work closely with K-12 programs, particularly immersion and heritage programs, to recruit students with Intermediate Japanese language skills.  Once accepted to the University and enrolled in the Japanese Scholars Program, students will live in an immersive environment in a Japanese dorm; enroll in regular content courses taught in Japanese; major in an academic field of their choice; enroll in regular content classes at Meiji University their junior year; and complete a senior capstone project written in Japanese.

University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT
Integrating Japan into Comparative and Global Health Studies (Year 1)
Project Director: Janet Theiss, Professor, Department of History
$84,315
This project seeks to establish undergraduate and graduate curriculum and research infrastructure for the study of Japanese health issues within our existing social science and Asian Studies programs by creating a new position in Japanese health-related studies.  The logic for establishing an emphasis in Japanese health care issues in global and comparative perspective is both scholarly and institutional.  From a scholarly and policy development standpoint, health care challenges and the reform and development of health care systems have become critical issues worldwide both in developed and developing countries.  In this context, Japan provides both a model of a relatively successful system and a harbinger of challenges to come, especially those posed by aging populations. 

University of Washington, Seattle, WA
Institutionalizing Asia: Theory, Practice, and Politics in Time
Project Director: Saadia Pekkanen, Job and Gertrud Tamaki Professor
$59,990
The project seeks to systematically analyze the design of both formal and informal institutions in Asia across specific issues in the field security, economic, and social fields Questions for discussion include but are not limited to: 1) how and why does the design of institutions vary in Asia across time; 2) what light does the experience of integration projects in other regions of the world shed on that variation, and 3) what are the consequences of that variation on diplomacy and cooperation in the real world. The aim is to draw conclusions about the shape and direction of Asian institutionalization or lack thereof. 

Yale University, New Haven, CT
Workshop on Island Industrial Ecology and Sustainability
Project Director: Marian Chertow, Associate Professor and Director, Industrial Environment Management
$60,000
This project seeks to bring together leading experts currently conducting research on industrial ecology and sustainability in a variety of island settings to ultimately seek cross-cutting themes to unify the knowledge gained.

Yale University, New Haven, CT
Exploring Domestic Foundations of International Relations in East Asia (Year 1)
Project Director: Jun Saito, Assistant Professor, Political Science
$44,742
This is the first year of a three year project that intends to achieve the following goals: (1) To examine domestic foundations of foreign policy in East Asian political systems using contemporary analytical approachs to international relations; (2) To contribute to development of theories in international relations using East Asian empirical cases; (3) To establish a collaborative network between scholars and policy-makers in North America and East Asia; and (4) To promote mutual understanding and partnership on issues of international security in East Asia. 

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