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Intellectual Exchange Grants 2011

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Center for The National Interest, Washington, D.C.
Extended Deterrence and Stability in East Asia: A U.S-Japan-Korea Dialogue (Year 2)
Project Director: Paul Saunders, Executive Director
$81,642
The project is the second year of a two year project with a 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 Women Policy Studies
, Washington, D.C.    
"Multidisciplinary Intellectual Exchange for Women Leaders from United States, Japan, South Korea, and Philippines: Migration, Trafficking and Women's Human Rights
Project Director: Jennifer Tucker, Vice President
$96,874
The objective of this project is to create a new infrastructure of leaders working together to combat trafficking and to promote policies that ensure the safety of women during all stages of migration. This new infrastructure will create partnerships among women leaders from local elected officials in the US, Japan, South Korea, and the Philippines; local and national civil society organizations; and academic institutions.  Programming will focus on policy-analysis and development as well as research on the complex issues of women, migration and trafficking.    

Cornell University
, Ithaca, NY    
Tripartite Research Network for Low-Carbon Building Sector in the US, Japan, and China in Post-Kyoto Era: Integration of Approaches of Innovative Business Models (bottom-up) and Effective Policy Framework (top-down) (Year 1)    
Project Director: Ying Hua, Assistant Professor
$48,590
This project examines the role of the private sector in addressing global climate mitigation and adaptation in the building sectors in the U.S., Japan, and China, as an important complement to the existing research on building policies for emissions reductions. The team will be researching how bottom-up approaches can be integrated with top-down efforts for a greater, faster, and more sustainable emissions reduction process. Events will include a Delphi study and a series of three symposia. Some of the project outcomes include a tripartite research and business network as well as a consortium to serve as a long-term collaborative platform for continuous research and sustainable projects of investment, technology transfer and knowledge sharing.    

Council on Foreign Relations, Washington, D.C.  
Japan's Political Transition and the US-Japan Alliance (Year 1)    
Project Director: Sheila Smith, Senior Fellow for Japan Studies
$55,805    
This project will analyze the political transition in Japan as it pertains to the management of the U.S.-Japan alliance. Case studies of specific alliance policies adopted by the new DPJ government will be compared with previous LDP governments to ascertain the extent of policy difference between the two parties. To develop a better understanding of how policy transitions affect U.S.-Japan alliance management policies, the experiences of other U.S. alliance (UK, Germany, Australia, and South Korea) will be examined to place the Japan case in a comparative context, and to facilitate the development of a 'best practices' approach to considering prescriptions for future U.S. alliance management approaches with Japan. There will be roundtable meeting and workshops in Washington, DC and Tokyo. The project director will be writing throughout the course of the project. A book manuscript is forthcoming.

East-West Center, Washington, D.C.     
Japan Studies Fellowship Program (Year 1)    
Project Director: Satu Limaye, Director, East-West Center, Washington, D.C.
$93,858    
This program will provide short-term fellowships for young and rising scholars and analysts from the United States and Japan to conduct research on issues of key relevance to the US-Japan partnership in the years to come. The following is required of each fellow: temporary residence at East-West Center's DC offices, generally for 3-6 months, including fieldwork in Japan; 2. a scholar/policy-relevant mentor to help guide work; 3. publish at least one article in an EWC publication, and 4. give a public presentation on their research at the EWC.    

East-West Center
, Honolulu, HI    
Disaster Management and Resiliency in the Asia Pacific: Journalism Fellowship     
Project Director: Elizabeth Dorn, Program Coordinators, Seminars
$99,691    
This project is for a twelve-day study tour in which twelve journalists - including four from Japan and four from the US - travel to two cities in the United States and two cities in Japan. The journalists will meet with government officials, corporate executives, scientists, academics, journalists, environmental activists and other stakeholders to understand disaster management and resiliency from a wide variety of perspectives. The agenda will include meetings, roundtable discussions and field trips.
There will also be a dialogue in the final stop of the study-tour to allow participants time to talk about their experiences and to discuss the role and responsibility of local and international media in accurately reporting disasters.

Harvard University
, Boston, MA
Life Cycle Analysis of Metals: Improving Health, Environment and Productivity (Year 1)
Project Director: Joseph Brain, Drinker Professor of Environmental Physiology
$59,840
This project will explore metal recycling policies and practices in Japan and globally. The goal is to reduce the environmental and health impact of producing and using metals, especially rare earth and heavy metals. Experts will focus on life cycle analysis of metal-containing products and explore “urban mining” of discarded electronics as both a source of metals and as a strategy to keep them out of the environment as a mechanism to improve health and human security.

Johns Hopkins University, Washington, DC
Japan-U.S.-Canada Cooperation in a Multilateral Context (Year 3)
Project Director: Kent Calder, Director, Reischauer Center of East Asian Studies
$48,763
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.

Migration Dialogue, Davis, CA
Migration and Competitiveness: Japan and the U.S. (Year 1)
Project Director: Philip Martin, Professor
$54,642
This project seeks to examine how foreign workers affect competitiveness in key economic sectors in Japan and the US. The goal of this project is to understand how immigration affects local workers as well as the competitiveness of key sectors that hire migrant workers by analyzing the interaction of migrants and labor cost trends, rates of innovation and productivity growth, and training, recruitment and retention systems.

Northeastern Illinois University
, Chicago, IL
Building a Human Security Network between the US and Japan (Year 1)
Project Director: Sangmin Bae, Associate Professor
$55,550
The aim of this project is twofold: to offer opportunities to revisit, evaluate, and disseminate Japan's human security role and to encourage academic and public discussion of human security in the United States.  The project intends to achieve these goals by hosting public symposiums on human security in Chicago and Tokyo, organizing a conference panel at the International Studies Association, creating a collaborative website, and publishing an edited volume on the human security network between the US and Japan.  

Pacific Forum CSIS, Honolulu, HI
US-Japan-ROK-China Relations for the 21st Century - 2011
Project Director: Ralph Cossa, President Pacific Forum CSIS
$49,008
This project builds on a previous project to build dialogue among the US, 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 current lack of trust in Northeast Asia is a critical obstacle to the cooperation needed to accomplish shared objectives among the four countries.

Peace Winds America
, Seattle, WA
Japan-US Civil-Military Disaster Preparedness Initiative (Year 1)
Project Director: Charles Aanenson
$89,963
The goal of this initiative is to strengthen the US-Japan alliance, while promoting new partnerships with Indonesia and South Korea in the realm of disaster preparedness and response.  The proposed project seeks to improve the disaster management capacities, collaboration, and coordination efforts of Japan, the US, and South Korea.  Fulfilling the shared responsibility of humanitarian assistance and disaster relief, better disaster planning will reduce the devastating impact of natural disasters, while greater cooperation and collaboration will enhance dialogue, and improve bilateral and trilateral relations.

University of California, San Diego, San Diego, CA
IGCC Northeast Asia Defense Transparency Project
Project Director: Tai Ming Cheung, Senior Research Fellow
$67,468
This project seeks to promote greater defense transparency and confidence building among military establishments in Northeast Asia through a set of joint activities with US, Japanese and other Northeast Asian partners. First is the creation of a regional defense transparency index that measures the openness of defense programs, policies, budgets, and overall national security strategies. This will be followed by a website to host the transparency index along with associated sources of defense information.

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Champaign, IL
David Goodman Memorial Performing Arts Network (Year 2) (Formerly "Illinois Performing Arts Network")
Project Director: Elizabeth Oyler, Professor
$88,458
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 Oregon, Eugene, OR
Japanese Global Scholars Program (Year 2)
Project Director: Carl Falsgraf, Director, Center for Applied Second Language Studies
$120,832
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 2)
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.

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
, Woods Hole, MA    
Exploring the Impacts of Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant Accidents on the Ocean (Year 1)        
Project Director: Ken Buesseler, Senior Scientist
$90,000
This project will explore the impact of the 2011 Fukushima nuclear power plants accidents on the ocean and inform the public and policy-makers of the findings. The first element will be a scientific symposium in Tokyo followed by colloquia in Tokyo and Woods Hole, MA. Issues to be covered include uncertainties in what science can tell us, public perception issues about risks, public policy implications, regulator issues. Print and website materials will be made available to a broad audience. A special bilingual issue of Oceanus magazine will be published for this project.    

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