On September 1, the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Foundation, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA), and the National Personnel Authority (NPA) held a welcome reception for the 26th class of Mansfield Fellows at Iikura House in Tokyo.
At the reception, Foreign Minister Yoshimasa Hayashi, who was involved in establishing the Mansfield Fellowship Program while working in the office of U.S. Senator William Roth 30 years ago, made welcome remarks. Foreign Minister Hayashi’s remarks were followed by welcome messages from U.S. Ambassador Rahm Emanuel, Ishikawa Prefectural Governor Hiroshi Hase, Mr. Takayuki Iriya, Director of the First North America Division, North American Affairs Bureau of MOFA, and Mr. Takehiro Ikemoto, Director General for Secretariat’s Policy Matters of NPA.
Frank Jannuzi, President and CEO of the Mansfield Foundation, expressed appreciation to both the Japanese and American governments for their support of the program, as well as Ishikawa Prefecture, which has been supporting fellows’ Japanese language study for many years. Mr. Jannuzi introduced the 10 fellows of the 26th class, each of who made self-introductions in Japanese and spoke about their determination to achieve their goals during the fellowship.