"KAKEHASHI Project" Invitation: Foreign Policy Initiative

Invitation in May 2014

Short-term stay in Japan: U.S. Young Researchers Invitation
Group 6
Foreign Policy Initiative

Period: May 19 – 29, 2014
Local Visit Destination: Hiroshima Pref.
Number of Participants: 11

Tour Photo Album

photo of Orientation

photo of National Security Council(NSC)
National Security Council(NSC)

photo of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA)
the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA)

photo of Discussion with MOFA staff
Discussion with MOFA staff

photo of Luncheon hosted by the Sasakawa Peace Foundation
Luncheon hosted by the Sasakawa Peace Foundation

photo of Tokyo National Museum
Tokyo National Museum
(Studying Japanese history and culture)

photo of Hiroshima Municipal Office
Hiroshima Municipal Office

photo of Hiroshima Peace Institute, Hiroshima City University
Hiroshima Peace Institute, Hiroshima City University
(Understanding peace-building)

photo of Chugoku Jozo Co, Ltd.
Chugoku Jozo Co, Ltd.
(Learning about Japanese local industry)

photo of Itsukushima Shrine
Itsukushima Shrine
(Learning about Japanese local culture and history)

photo of Miyajima-bori carving experience
Miyajima-bori carving experience
(Experiencing Japanese local traditional craftsmanship)

photo of Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park
(Understanding peace building)

photo of Ministry of Defense(MOD)
Ministry of Defense(MOD)

photo of Visit to The Institute of Energy Economics, Japan
The Institute of Energy Economics, Japan

photo of The Tokyo Foundation
The Tokyo Foundation

photo of The Japan Institute of International Affairs
The Japan Institute of International Affairs
(Independent research)

photo of The National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation
The National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation
(Learning about cutting-edge technologies of Japan)

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 has a well-developed national identity and culture that makes national decision-making less confrontational than more diversified countries. This culture is also very interesting to foreigners.
  • Transportation infrastructure and rail network are possibly the very best in the world.

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

  • I gained a heightened perspective on the difficult challenges Japan faces, but also on its capacity for change if the political will can be summoned.
  • I was expecting Japan to be a country that is closed to other cultures and people, its people are not personally approachable. Japanese people seem to be nicer to foreigners. They are approachable and very friendly.

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

  • I am especially interested in the issues facing woman in the workforce in Japan.
  • Better understanding of 2003/2004 quantitative easing and its effects on the Japanese economy.

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 talk about the great experience on the trip. Share my experience with my friends and colleagues at work. I will make sure to reference my visit to Hiroshima.
  • Continue to study Japan and write a report on my trip experience. I will also aim to write a few articles about my experience.

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

  • I truly enjoyed my time in Japan and thought that the trip was, generally speaking, planned very well. I was especially pleased with our meetings with NSC and MOD.
  • I met wonderful people and received excellent briefing from officials. It was a terrific introduction to Japan!

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