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Salary Assistance Grant for U.S.-Japan Community Grassroots Exchange Program 2022

Yokosuka Council on Asia-Pacific Studies
Getting to Know Japan Series 
Project Director: Lucy Amaral 
To support a project coordinator to continue creating and archiving weekly webinars from leading Japan scholars and experts about introductory topics on Japan for the Americans living in Japan as a part of the U.S. military presence. 

Sweets Kendama Foundation, Minneapolis, MN
Program Manager: Mindfulness Through Play Outreach and Implementation
Project Director: Joshua Smith (Grove) 
To hire a part-time Program Manager to implement at least 150 events of the Mindfulness Through Play program at fifteen midwestern K-12 public schools. The Mindfulness Through Play program is an in-school physical education program that teaches lessons on Japanese culture, mindfulness and growth mindset through kendama challenges. 

United States Japan Exchange and Teaching Programme Alumni Association (USJETAA), Washington, D.C 
Institutionalizing the JET Alumni Network & Engaging JET Alumni in US-Japan Relations
Project Director: Jessyca Livingston 
To help fund a new staff position, a program coordinator, to support USJETAA’s general activities and help organize new activities with the following three objectives: 1. Build pathways to engage JET alumni in Japan-related careers; 2. Keep the broader range of JET alumni educated and engaged about Japan and US-Japan issues; 3. Deepen the institutionalization of the JET alumni network. 

Indiana University, Bloomington, IN 
The Japanese Cultural and Creative Industry 
Project Director: Prof. Morten Oxenboell
To demonstrate to students as well as the general public the rich opportunities in publishing, translation, gaming, design, media, tourism, etc where deeper knowledge of Japanese culture, history, society, and language is crucial in Indiana through lectures, teacher-to-teacher professionalization seminars, public engagement events, high school, and college student workshops, as well as two publicly accessible podcasts, by hiring a program manager.