"KAKEHASHI Project" Invitation: Henry L Stimson Center

Invitation in March 2014

Short-term stay in Japan: U.S. Young Researchers Invitation
Group 4
Henry L Stimson Center

Period: March 2 – 12, 2014
Local Visit Destination: Kyoto Prefecture
Number of Participants: 5

Tour Photo Album

Photo of Orientation
Orientation

Group photo at the National Diet Building
Visit to the National Diet Building

Photo taken with a Diet member Isamu Ueda
Visit to a Diet member
(Mr. Isamu Ueda)

Photo taken at Discussion with Liberal Democratic Party members
Discussion with Liberal Democratic Party members

Photo taken at  a Diet member Akihisa Nagashima
Visit to a Diet member
(Mr. Akihisa Nagashima)

Photo taken at a Diet member Yasuhisa Shiozaki
Visit to a Diet member
(Mr. Yasuhisa Shiozaki)

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

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

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

Photo taken at Luncheon with National Security Council members
Luncheon with National Security Council members

Photo taken at Tsukuba Space Center, Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency
Visit to Tsukuba Space Center,
Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency

Photo taken at Gekkeikan Okura Sake Museum
Visit to Gekkeikan Okura Sake Museum
(Learning about Japanese local industries)

Photo taken at Shourinji Temple
Visit to Shourinji Temple
(Zen meditation experience)

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

Photo taken at Doshisha University
Visit to Doshisha University

Photo taken at Shimadzu Foundation Memorial Hall, Shimadzu Corporation
Visit to Shimadzu Foundation Memorial Hall, Shimadzu Corporation
(Learning about Japanese local industries)

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

Photo taken at Bikouen
Visit to Bikouen
(Japanese tea ceremony experience)

Group photo taken at Kinkaku-ji
Visit to Kinkaku-ji Temple
(Learning about Japanese
traditional culture and history)

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

Group photo taken at Kiyomizu-dera
Visit to Kiyomizu-dera
(Learning about Japanese
traditional culture and history)

Photo taken at Center for Information on Security Trade Controls
Independent research
(Center for Information on Security Trade Controls)

Photo taken at Ministry of Defense
Visit to Ministry of Defense

Photo taken at Honda Motor Co., Ltd
Meeting Honda Motor 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?

  • Japan's strength seems to lie overwhelmingly in its respectful, cooperative culture. I was consistently impressed how friendly and polite the Japanese people I met were. I also found Japan's history fascinating.
  • Public transport is highly advanced, Public service are dependable and efficient. A strong common culture and widely observed traditions mean Japan will be able to take pride in its identity for many years to come.

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

  • I had extremely limited perspective on Japan prior to this project. I have a better understanding now of Japan's International role.
  • I have held high respect than before this trip, which is my first. I would say the biggest change in my perspective is how much the culture of Japan will continue to inform economic and security policies. The collective and hard-working culture makes strong security ally.

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

  • Japan's international development work/aid, particularly in South Asia. Japan's reliance on and protection of sea lines of communication that run through the Indian Ocean.
  • I am curious to learn more about Japan's history and also plan to follow the news of Japan's security and political developments more closely.

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 work as a research assistant for the East Asia Program at Stimson so will continue to do research relating to US-J Security ties.
  • I have met many people in my scheduled appointments and by chance, whom I fully intend to maintain to contact with. Similarly I hope to work with several Japanese companies through my role in Stimson, much like my current work with American companies.

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

  • The Project was a wonderful experience and I am thankful for this opportunity I was given. The project and coordinators went above beyond to ensure participants comfortable and to gain the maximum rich experience. I had the chance to talk with wide government officials and was impressed with willingness to offer the time to junior researchers. I was even more impressed with their candor. This trip has given me a favorable impression of Japan.
  • This has been a great trip and I am always grateful to the government of Japan and the Japan Foundation for their generosity and hard work.

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