"KAKEHASHI Project" Invitation: Pacific Forum CSIS

Invitation in January 2014

Short-term stay in Japan: U.S. Young Researchers Invitation
Pacific Forum CSIS

Period: January 12 – 22
Local Visit Destination: Hiroshima Prefecture
Number of Participants: 12

Tour Photo Album

Photo of Orientation 1
Orientation
(Lecture on Japan's national
security policy)

Photo of Orientation 2
Orientation
(Lecture on Japanese economy)

Photo of Orientation 3
Orientation
(Lecture on Japan's social policy)

Photo taken in Asakusa
Visit to Asakusa
(Learning about Japanese
history and culture)

Photo taken at Ministry of Foreign Affairs 1
Visit to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Photo taken at Ministry of Foreign Affairs 2
Visit to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Photo taken at Tokyo National Museum 1
Visit to Tokyo National Museum
(Studying Japanese history and culture)

Photo taken at Tokyo National Museum 2
Visit to Tokyo National Museum
(Studying Japanese history and culture)

Photo taken at Ministry of Defense
Visit to the Ministry of Defense

Photo taken at Lecture on Cool Japan by a member of Cabinet Office of Japan
Lecture on 'Cool Japan' by a member of Cabinet Office of Japan

Photo taken at The National Institute for Defense Studies
Visit to The National Institute for Defense Studies

Photo taken at The Japan Institute of International Affairs
Visit to The Japan Institute of International Affairs

Photo taken at Hiroshima Prefectural Government
Visit to Hiroshima Prefectural Government

Photo taken at Hiroshima Peace Institute, Hiroshima City University
Visit to Hiroshima Peace Institute,
Hiroshima City University
(Learning about peacebuilding)

Photo taken at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Visit to Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
(Learning about peacebuilding)

Photo taken at Atomic Bomb Dome
Visit to Atomic Bomb Dome
(Learning about peacebuilding)

Photo taken at Lecture by atomic bomb survivors
Lecture by atomic bomb survivors
(Learning about peace building)

Photo taken at KAMOIZUMI SHUZOU and Co., Ltd.
Visit to KAMOIZUMI
SHUZOU & Co., Ltd.
(Learning about Japanese
local industries)

Photo taken at Itsukushima Shrine
Visit to Itsukushima Shinto Shrine
(Learning about Japanese culture and history of the local area)

Photo of Miyajima-bori carving experience
Miyajima tray making
(Experiencing Japanese local traditional craftsmanship)

Photo taken at Interview with a researcher of Institute for Global Environmental Strategies
Independent research
(Interview with a researcher of Institute
for Global Environmental Strategies)

Photo taken at Chofu Aerospace Center, Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency
Visit to Chofu Aerospace Center,
Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency

Photo taken at  Daiwa Securities Co., Ltd.
Visit to Daiwa Securities Co., Ltd.

Photo of Debriefing session
Debriefing session

Voices from Participants

1. Having participated in the KAKEHASHI Project, what do you think are Japan’s strengths and attractiveness?

  • Socially, as an American, Japan is seen as a welcoming civil society which faces similar issues as the US. Politically and strategically, it is an incredibly important ally in the region, For these reasons, working with and visiting Japan is very attractive.
  • Japanese people seem highly specialized in whatever they do. Japan takes special care to many aspects of life, we saw this in the way food was prepared, the way this program was run, and how everything flowed flawlessly. Japan is a hub of culture and perfection-seeking.

2. How do you change your perspective of Japan through the project?

  • This trip gave me a great understanding of the economic, social and security policy issues that Japan faces today. The group meetings with different organizations (JIIA, NIDS, etc) were candid, enlightening and helped point a broad brush picture of Japan. While I am of course aware of how delicious Japanese food is, it was amazing to experience different dishes and types of food here.
  • Through the KAKEHASHI Project, I was able to appreciate the many district features of Japan―from the urban cityscape in Tokyo to the quiet and serene torii gate on Miyajima. It was my first time travelling outside of Tokyo and I came to recognize why Japan is a country of many characteristics.

3. After returning to the U.S., what aspect(s) of Japan do you want to learn more?

  • I am more interested in learning Japanese culture, especially the Japanese language. I am also more interested in the role of Japanese “Soft Power” and how Japan can better utilize its “Soft Power” to achieve its foreign policy objectives in the region.
  • In the US, I hope to learn more about the US’ response to efforts made by Japan to promote its image abroad. I’m curious to see how the US audience is responding to Japanese culture, products, and influence. I want to look deeper at the two countries’ history to see how much the relationship has grown and evolved over time.

4. It is hoped that you will promote further mutual understanding between our two countries, serving as bridges in the Japan-U.S. relationship. What will you do to deepen understanding of Japan’s strengths and attractiveness?

  • I will brief my colleagues on this trip―especially those with an East Asia Focus.
    This trip has also encouraged me to keep an eye on current events surrounding the East Asia region. Additionally, I hope to continue my exploration of the Japanese foods while in US, and hope to introduce some of my friends to it too.
  • In my current position, I work on many initiatives related to strengthening US-Japan security cooperation. I now understand more about why Japan is such an attractive and reliable ally for the US. As a result, I will probably study the US-Japan relationship in greater detail and continue to encourage others to strengthen the partnership.

5. Please freely describe your experience in the KAKEHASHI Project.

  • This was an excellent visit program that succeeded in providing the Pacific Forum CSIS participants with a comprehensive understanding of Japan and led each participant to develop new research interests and project ideas. I would like to thank the organizers and all involved in the project for the chance to participate in this program. I hope to have the opportunity to do work related to Japan in the future.
  • The KAKEHASHI Project is a great opportunity for students, young professionals, or any age group to catch a glimpse of the attractiveness of Japanese culture and lifestyle. For individuals returning to Japan and visiting it for the first time, the project was a good Segway to introduce Japan while leaving people curious enough to return.

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