December 21, 2017
This week members of the twenty-second class of Mansfield Fellows gathered at the National Personnel Authority (NPA) in Tokyo to present midterm reports to a panel of NPA officials, including NPA Director General for Secretariat’s Policy Matters Emiko Matsuo. The NPA plays an important role in the Fellowship Program, organizing study trips and briefings and securing the Mansfield Fellows’ government placements during their ten months in Tokyo. Speaking in Japanese, the Fellows reported on the first few months of their Fellowships, highlighting their expectations and goals as well as steps they have taken to achieve those goals. The photo above shows Mansfield Fellows Ian Hurdle (U.S. Air Force) and Carmen Dykes (U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission) at the NPA report meeting. Captain Hurdle’s initial placements were with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and his current placement is in the Air Staff Office of the Ministry of Defense. Ms. Dykes has spent the last three months at Japan’s Nuclear Regulation Authority (NRA). Her placements at NRA have provided opportunities to observe the NRA’s annual Emergency Preparedness Drill and join a radiation protection specialist to observe emergency medical training for local hospital personnel.