"KAKEHASHI Project" Invitation: American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research (AEI)

Invitation in March 2014

Short-term stay in Japan: U.S. Young Researchers Invitation
Group 5
American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research (AEI)

Period: March 15 – 23, 2014
Local Visit Destination: Kyoto Prefecture
Number of Participants: 9

Tour Photo Album

Photo of Orientation
Orientation

Photo taken at Nijubashi, The Imperial Palace
Visit to Nijubashi bridge,
The Imperial Palace
(Learning about Japanese history and culture)

Photo taken at The National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation 1
Visit to Miraikan, The National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation
(Learning about cutting-edge technologies of Japan)

Photo taken at The National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation 2
Visit to Miraikan, The National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation
(Learning about cutting-edge technologies of Japan)

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

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

Photo taken at Discussion with MOFA staff members
Discussion with MOFA staff members

Photo of the Assistant Chief Cabinet Secretary and a participant
Visit to the Assistant Chief Cabinet Secretary

Photo taken at  Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry
Visit to Ministry of Economy,
Trade and Industry

Photo taken at Discussion with Diet members
Discussion with Diet members

Photo taken in Akihabara
Visit to Akihabara
(Learning about 'Cool Japan')

Photo taken at Ministry of Defense
Visit to Ministry of Defense

Photo taken at Senso-ji in Asakusa 1
Visit to Senso-ji in Asakusa
(Learning about Japanese history and culture)

Photo taken at Senso-ji in Asakusa 2
Visit to Senso-ji in Asakusa
(Learning about Japanese history and culture)

Photo taken at NHK World
Visit to NHK World

Photo taken at Tokyo Stock Exchange
Visit to Tokyo Stock Exchange

Photo taken at Edo-Tokyo Museum
Visit to Edo-Tokyo Museum
(Learning about traditional culture and history of Tokyo)

Photo taken at Doshisha University
Visit to Doshisha University

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

Photo taken at Kinkaku-Ji Temple
Visit to Kinkaku-Ji Temple
(Learning about Japanese traditional culture and history)

Photo taken at Kodai Yuzen-en, Kyoto
Visit to Kodai Yuzen-en, Kyoto
(Experiencing Japanese local traditional craftsmanship)

Photo taken at Nijo Castle
Visit to Nijo Castle
(Learning about Japanese traditional culture and history)

Voices from Participants

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

  • Japan's major strengths are that it is a strong US ally, committed to democracy and the rule of law. As an important partner in the increasingly volatile region, Japan's role in cooperation with US is only likely to grow.
  • Japan has a unique culture that is deep and rich. It's values, though different than American, are compatible with international and American standards, which means they translate easily across cultures. Further, the people are very courteous and welcoming.

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

  • Before participating in the KAKEHASHI Project, I had little to no understanding about Japan and the role it plays in the Asian Pacific. Now, I feel that I have a more nuanced perspective on Japan's current situation. Overall, I learned a lot about Japan.
  • This project helped me understand the importance of Japan's future progress and the irreplaceable role it plays in regional security and prosperity. I also learnt more about and saw the warm nature of the people and enjoyed the unique cultural traits. I come away from this trip extremely impressed by Japan and hopeful and optimistic that it has the vision, people, and desire to overcome key challenges that it faces.

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

  • I would like to learn more about Japan's Self Defense Force. I am also interested in looking at ways to accelerate, and roadblocks to this acceleration, of Japan's entrance into TPP.
  • I would like to learn more about Japanese history, especially pre-20th century. Also I would like to learn more about Japanese economy and economic policy.

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 learn further and promote the need for a better US-Japan partnership as well as trilateral, US-Japan-India and quadrilateral partnerships, US-Japan-India-Australia. I will follow developments in Japanese politics and policies and promote the above mentioned point via our organization's writing and publishing platforms.
  • First, I plan to do further research into Japan's economy. After gaining a better understanding, I will want to write a few op-ed, regarding relevant topics, such as TPP. This is all while I share my experience/understanding with friends and colleagues.

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

  • Government meetings and cultural sightseeing were excellent. The program was well organized and there was a good balance between meetings and other activities. Also, I appreciate the diversity of cuisine which we experienced.
  • I was very happy with the balance of intellectual, sensory, and cultural stimulation that the project provided. I was very glad to see Japan outside Tokyo. I really liked Tokyo, but after travelling to Kyoto, I realized that not all of Japan is crowded and urban. This is a fantastic program and I would recommend to my colleagues.

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