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 will host them in the months ahead. Mansfield Fellow Daniel Craven (Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation) is pictured above with representatives of the Financial Services Agency, where he will begin a three-month placement next week. Mansfield Fellow Carmen Dykes (U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission) (pictured below) discussed her initial placement with representatives of the Nuclear Regulation Authority and Tokyo Office Program Manager Saori Kobayashi. On August 29 the new Mansfield Fellows were briefed by officials at U.S. Embassy Tokyo, including three alumni Fellows currently assigned to the embassy: Phil Dobberfuhl (Director of Air Force Programs, Mutual Defense Assistance Office, Mansfield Fellow 2013-2014), Zensaku Munn (International BMD (Ballistic Missile Defense) Program Manager, Missile Defense Agency, Mutual Defense Assistance Office, Mansfield Fellow 2015-2016), and Nate Purdy (Senior Representative, Pacific Rim, Federal Aviation Administration, Mansfield Fellow 2012-2013).
The new Fellows’ orientation week concluded with an August 30 reception (pictured below) hosted by Japan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA), National Personnel Authority (NPA), and the Mansfield Foundation and two days of orientation at NPA. The Fellows will begin their placements in Tokyo September 4.