"KAKEHASHI Project" Invitation: The Sasakawa Peace Foundation USA

Invitation in May 2014

Short-term stay in Japan: U.S. Young Researchers Invitation
Group 6
The Sasakawa Peace Foundation USA

Period: May 19 – 29, 2014
Local Visit Destination: Kyoto Pref.
Number of Participants: 7

Tour Photo Album

photo of Orientation
Orientation

photo of Visiting a Diet member Mr. Akihisa Nagashima
Visiting a Diet member
Mr. Akihisa Nagashima

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

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

photo of Discussion with MOFA staff
Discussion with MOFA staff

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

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

photo of Shunkoin Temple
Shunkoin Temple
(Learning about Japanese traditional culture and history)

photo of Gekkeikan Okura Sake Museum
Gekkeikan Okura Sake Museum
(Learning about Japanese local industries)

photo of Fushimi Inari Taisha Shrine
Fushimi Inari Taisha Shrine
(Learning about Japanese traditional culture and history)

photo of Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
(Learning about Japanese traditional culture and history)

photo of Shourin-ji Temple
Shourin-ji Temple
(Zen Meditation Experience)

photo of Gion
Gion
(Learning about Japanese traditional culture and history)

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

photo of Kodai Yuzen-en, Kyoto
Kodai Yuzen-en, Kyoto
(Experiencing Japanese local traditional craftsmanship)

photo of Koko-an Tea Room
Koko-an Tea Room
(Experience of Tea Ceremony)

photo of KEIDANREN (Japan Business Federation)
KEIDANREN (Japan Business Federation)

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

photo of Japan Center for Conflict Prevention
Japan Center for Conflict Prevention

photo of InterSearch Japan and Wouters & Associates Inc
InterSearch Japan and Wouters & Associates Inc
(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 Tokyo Stock Exchange
Tokyo Stock Exchange

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?

  • I think one of Japan's greatest strengths lies in its superior infrastructure. The cities are incredibly easy to navigate: I was able to travel without concern despite my limited Japanese language skills. Additionally the country is blessed with so much natural beauty. Some of the most gorgeous landscapes I have ever seen are located in Kyoto. The food is also superb.
  • Japan is a clean and highly efficient society. It is easy and safe to travel around the country. Japan also has the benefit of having an open democratic political system.

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

  • I grew in understanding the unique mix of eastern heritage, western democracy and culture, I did not realize the tremendous respect for and reliance on the U.S. before the visit. .
  • Having met with very dynamic and innovative leaders of Japan's business and political community, I see the country as having stronger potential not only for economic growth but also for increased participation and leadership in international development, the NGO sector, and global peacekeeping.

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

  • I will describe the vast culture and how enjoyable the people and food are. Also, I will be researching the economic development of Japan and will be monitoring the success of "Abenomics."
  • I would like to know more about Japan's plan to address some of the truly critical global issues that cannot be resolved without worldwide collective action- issues such as climate change, food and energy security, and drug-resistant disease outbreak.

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 discuss Japan and my positive experience in this country with my friends, family, and colleagues. I will also work to expand Japan- related content at my job at the Woodrow Wilson Center.
  • I will continue to learn the Japanese language and share my experiences with as many people as possible. I will utilize the contacts I have made here in my daily work life, so as to promote economic relations between the two countries.

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

  • Great experience- learned a lot and my interest in Japan has increased. I also made valuable professional contacts. Very well organized! I am very fortunate to have had this opportunity.
  • It is excellent! Please continue to conduct this program in the future because it opened doors and provided me opportunities that I otherwise would not have had. The schedule had a great balance and the group sizes were ideal. Also, please consider a "KAKEHASHI 2" program where we return to create even more robust and lasting relations.

[Contact Us]

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