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US-Japan Network For The Future

Application deadlineApplications are closed
Funding opportunityIndividual Funding
Benefits2 year program

This program identifies, nurtures, and enhances a network of U.S.-based Japan specialists bringing diverse expertise and perspectives to the bilateral policy-making process in the mid- and long-term. It is conducted in collaboration with the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Foundation and the program Advisory Committee (AC).


  • U.S.-based applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents in the U.S. who have a working knowledge of the Japanese language.
  • Japan-based applicants must be Japanese nationals who are able to contribute to discussions in English.
  • Participants should be interested in working together with other scholars and practitioners to resolve global challenges; their research should fall within the following 3 thematic areas:
    • Building a resilient society: to overcome global threats such as natural disasters, pandemics, and environmental pollution
    • Developing an inclusive society: to develop a more prosperous and vibrant society and/or to overcome societal divisions
    • Creating a society enriched by science & technology: to better understand and leverage cultural and societal transformations through advances in science and technology.
  • Scholars must demonstrate professional interest in Japan, and be at advanced assistant or early associate professor levels.
  • Policy professionals should have a Master’s degree and at least five years of Japan experience and must demonstrate strong engagement with Japan and work experience in policy-relevant fields.
  • Participants must be fully dedicated to the two-year program and able to participate in all scheduled meetings.
  • Participants are required to produce op-ed pieces and commentary/blog posts on important policy issues related to one or more of the 3 thematic areas (see above) as well as be featured in an organizer-produced podcast.

Program Meeting

  • A two-day workshop in Washington, D.C. (September 2022)
  • A two-day retreat in Montana (October 2022)
  • A week-long series of meetings in Washington, D.C. (January 2023)
  • A week-long Japan study trip (June 2023)
  • Public symposium and current issues panel discussions in Washington D.C. (January 2024)

Network Participants