December 7, 2017 The Mansfield Fellows in Japan are three months into their Tokyo placements, and many have gained an inside view of the Japanese government’s preparations for major meetings and responses to critical developments. Mansfield Fellow Patricia Sloss (Department of Defense) recently concluded a three-month placement at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ (MOFA) North America Affairs Bureau. She began the ...READ MORE »
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November 30, 2017 Mansfield Fellow Sarah Watson’s (U.S. Environmental Protection Agency) initial placements in Japan have allowed her to compare Japanese and U.S. approaches to some of the world’s most significant environmental issues. She began her placements by spending a month with the Recycling Promotion Division at the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry. One of her objectives for this placement ...READ MORE »
November 16, 2017 Alumni Fellow Michael Fletcher, who participated in the Mansfield Fellowship this past year as a representative of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), was recently assigned to a new position at NASA. Mr. Fletcher is now serving as International Partnerships Advisor to Dr. Jaiwon Shin, the Associate Administrator for NASA’s Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate at NASA Headquarters. ...READ MORE »
October 26, 2017 Alumni Fellow John Wright (United States Air Force) wrote about U.S. military aircraft accidents and Japanese domestic politics in an October 20 article in The Diplomat. Major Wright participated in the Mike Mansfield Fellowship Program as a representative of the United States Air Force from 2015-2016. He currently serves as Japan Country Director, International Affairs, Headquarters Pacific Air Forces.
October 26, 2017 Earlier this month Mansfield Fellows Luke Deckard (U.S. Air Force) and Patricia Sloss (U.S. Department of Defense, shown above) joined young professionals from throughout Asia and the United States for a joint seminar at the International House of Japan. This was the third year Mansfield Fellows have participated in the seminar, which brings young leaders together to explore ...READ MORE »
October 19, 2017 Throughout the Mansfield Fellows’ year in Japan, the National Personnel Authority (NPA) organizes study tours to deepen the Fellows’ understanding of the country’s history, culture, government, and economy. Last week, the Fellows saw how Japan prepares for and responds to natural disasters during an NPA study tour to Kagoshima and Kumamoto prefectures. In Kagoshima, the Fellows learned about ...READ MORE »
October 12, 2017 Alumni Fellow Siri Hakala (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, NOAA) was an invited keynote speaker at the 85th International Symposium of the Japanese Society of Fisheries Science (JSFS) “Fisheries Science for Future Generations” September 22-24. She gave a talk titled “Towards Increased Understanding: Contrasting the U.S. and Japan’s Federal Fisheries Science and Management,” where she presented some of ...READ MORE »
October 5, 2017 On October 3, Mieko Nakabayashi briefed the Mansfield Fellows in Japan on the history of — and current issues in — Japanese politics. Dr. Nakabayashi served as a member of Japan’s House of Representatives from 2009 to 2012 and is currently teaching social sciences at Waseda University. Her presentation began with an introduction to the major political parties of ...READ MORE »
September 21, 2017 Earlier this month the twenty-second group of Mansfield Fellows began their placements in Japan. Each Fellow will participate in ten months of placements, primarily in Japanese government offices. Ian Hurdle’s (United States Air Force) initial placement is with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ Southeast and Southwest Asian Affairs Department, where his first week included presenting a report on U.S.-Philippine relations ...READ MORE »
August 31, 2017 Mansfield Fellow Siri Hakala, who recently completed her Fellowship year in Japan, described her April placement with the Kanagawa Prefectural Fisheries Technology Center in a recent blog post. Ms. Hakala is a biologist with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.