"KAKEHASHI Project" Invitation: The George Washington University / Professor Mochizuki

Invitation in May 2014

Short-term stay in Japan: U.S. Young Researchers Invitation
Group 6
The George Washington University / Professor Mochizuki

Period: May 19 – 29, 2014
Local Visit Destination: Hiroshima Pref.
Number of Participants: 13

Tour Photo Album

photo of Orientation
Orientation

photo of Senso-ji Temple
Senso-ji Temple
(Learning about Japanese history and culture)

photo of Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Ministry of Foreign Affairs

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

photo of Akihabara
Akihabara
(Learning about ‘Cool Japan’)

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 industries)

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

photo of Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
(Understanding peace-building)

photo of University exchange at The University of Tokyo Faculty of Law
University exchange at The University of Tokyo Faculty of Law

photo of Ministry of Defense
Ministry of Defense

photo of The National Institute for Defense Studies
The National Institute for Defense Studies

photo of National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies
National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies

photo of Research Institute for Peace and Security
Research Institute for Peace and Security
(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 is extremely efficient regarding its use of space and resources, from the hotel rooms to the food placement to the size of your metro cars. Japanese architecture is so impressive and eccentric. Roaming through the city streets, it was difficult not to photograph every building I saw.
  • After speaking with members of different organizations, I believe that Japan's transparency is a very important asset to maintain. Its willingness to work with other nations is vital in the coming decades. On a simpler level, the Japanese hospitality I experienced here was beyond my expectations. The expansive access to Japanese organizations through the KAKEHASHI Project was also above my expectations.

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

  • My experience in Japan has allowed me to realize how important Japan is for Asia and for the U.S. Its economics and political success are incredibly impressive. I now more clearly understand that every society can both adopt traditionalism along with modernity, and respect for diplomacy along with legitimate security concerns. I did not realize before I traveled to Japan how beautiful its country and its people truly are.
  • I changed my perspective of Japan by actively engaging Japanese officials, scholars, and youth. This engagement will lead to connections that will continue to foster my understanding of Japan well into the future.

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 the history at the relationship between Japan and China. I also would like to follow up and keep up with Japanese current events and everything that we learned here.
  • I would like to learn more about Japan's foreign assistance strategy and programs. I am interested in pursuing Japanese language training sometime in the future.

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 intend to continue my efforts to promote the strong relationship between Japan and the United Sates by participation in cultural and interest groups in Washington DC which help develop a greater understanding of Japan, continuing my affiliation with alumni of the KAKEHASHI Project and the Japan Exchange Teaching Program, and by promoting a positive attitude towards Japan in a hopeful future government career.
  • I will tell people about my experience in Japan and share photos of the trip. I will also stay in touch with connections I made in Japan.

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

  • This was an extremely beneficial program that I enjoyed thoroughly. This was incredibly helpful in my understanding the politics of "real" Japan. Thank you very much for this amazing opportunity!
  • The project is an excellent experience. I enjoyed the mix of educational, professional, and cultural events. I appreciated that the itinerary was tailored to the interests of the participants. The Japanese meals were excellent, and the weekend trip to Hiroshima was exciting.

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