February 15, 2018 Last month the National Park Service (NPS) announced that alumni Mansfield Fellow Stanley Austin was selected to serve as regional director of the National Park Service’s Pacific West Region. In his new position Mr. Austin will be responsible for overseeing operations for more than sixty national parks, 241 national historic landmarks, 100 national natural landmarks and other sites. ...READ MORE »
Category Archives: Alumni
January 18, 2018 Two alumni Mansfield Fellows have new positions at the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and are working together in the Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Integration Office. Both Riley Downing and Adrienne Vanek are now Foreign Affairs Specialists in the UAS International Division. Although their roles have not yet been fully defined, Mr. Downing currently is serving as the point ...READ MORE »
January 11, 2018 This week a group of alumni Mansfield Fellows working in Washington exchanged views on financial and political developments affecting the U.S.-Japan relationship with a delegation of senior executives from one of Japan’s largest banks, Mizuho Bank, Ltd. The delegation included Hajime Takata (Chief Economist and Senior Managing Executive Officer, Mizuho Research Institute Ltd.), Jianguang Shen (Managing Director and ...READ MORE »
December 21, 2017 Current and alumni Mansfield Fellows reconnected with each other and with the Mansfield Foundation network at year-end parties in Washington and Tokyo this month. Alumni from the second to the twenty-first group of Mansfield Fellows gathered for a bonenkai with the Foundation’s Corporate Friends and Visiting Fellows in Washington December 6. Current Mansfield Fellows caught up with alumni Fellows and ...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 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 »
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.
August 31, 2017 This week the twenty-second group of Mansfield Fellows prepared for the second part of their Fellowship year — ten months of placements primarily in Japanese government offices — with a series of meetings in Tokyo. In addition to orientation meetings with Mansfield Foundation staff, on August 28 the Fellows met with representatives of the Japanese government agencies that ...READ MORE »
August 31, 2017 This fall alumni Mansfield Fellow Howard Stone (U.S. Justice Department) spent several weeks in Japan meeting with colleagues from Japanese government and other organizations where he was placed during his 2014-2015 Mansfield Fellowship. Mr. Stone met with Japanese Diet member Shinjiro Koizumi as well as with former colleagues and contacts in the National Police Agency, the Pharmaceutical Medical Devices Agency, the Ministry of ...READ MORE »