Grants Awarded – October 2017

November 13, 2017 Latest News

The United States-Japan Foundation is pleased to announce grants award during its October 2017 funding cycle. Click here to learn more.

USJLP 2018-2019 Applications Cycle Announced

October 3, 2017 Latest News

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Since 2000 the US-Japan Leadership Program has been devoted to developing a network of friendship, communication and understanding among the next generation of leaders in the two countries. Over the course of two summers, some 40 young leaders are brought together to explore and discuss important topics of mutual interest. Once selected for the Program, participants gain lifelong access to the unique pool of USJLP talent, connections and opportunities.

To qualify for the 2018-2019 USJLP conferences, candidates must hold U.S. or Japan citizenship, be between the ages of 28 and 42 as of the first day of the 2018 conference (July 28, 2018), and have demonstrated leadership, achievement, or the potential for leadership in their respective fields. USJLP strives to achieve a diverse and balanced class each year, and consideration will be given to proven leaders from a broad spectrum of careers and backgrounds.

The Eighteenth Annual Conference will be held in Seattle from July 28 – August 4, 2018. Delegates who start the Program in 2018 are expected to return for their second year at the 2019 conference, currently scheduled to be held July 21-28, 2019 in Japan. Learn more about USJLP conferences here.

To nominate a young leader for USJLP, send a brief note to applications@usjlp.org and the secretariats will be pleased to contact your nominee with application details.

The application deadline is Monday, January 8, 2018.

Interested candidates are invited to submit a CV, personal statement, recommendation letter, and an application cover sheet with headshot photo. Applicants will be notified of the results in March, 2018.

Visit the USJLP Applications page for complete details and necessary documents.

2017 Elgin Heinz Outstanding Teacher Award Winners

June 27, 2017 Latest News

The Foundation is pleased to announce the 2017 Elgin Heinz Outstanding Teacher Award winners! Read about them here.

USJF Grants Awarded – Spring 2017

May 22, 2017 Latest News

The Foundation is pleased to announce grants awarded in the Spring funding cycle. Click here for details.

US-JAPAN LEADERSHIP PROGRAM CLASS OF 2017-2018 ANNOUNCED

March 31, 2017 Latest News

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The US-Japan Foundation is proud to announce the newest class of Delegates to the US-Japan Leadership Program (USJLP). The purpose of USJLP is to develop a network of communication, friendship and understanding among the next generation of leaders in the U.S. and Japan. The Program aims to foster a continuing dialogue among rising stars in leadership from a variety of backgrounds and professions. It starts this process by bringing together some 20 young leaders, ages 28-42, from each country for two intensive weeklong conferences over two years, with discussions revolving around historical and current issues in bilateral relations, as well as issues reaching beyond our two countries. Through serious conversation as well as recreation and shared cultural activities it seeks to nurture lifelong relationships.

Once selected for the Program, members gain lifelong access to the unique pool of USJLP talent and are able to engage in activities that take place throughout the U.S. and Japan, from intellectual gatherings to informal meetings. After seventeen years the USJLP network boasts 392 members in both countries. Prominent members of the Program include Cabinet of Japan minister Taro Kono, members of Japan’s House of Representatives Motohisa Furukawa and Keiichiro Asao, renowned violinist Midori Goto and pianist Gohei Nishikawa, Claire Chino (Executive Officer, Itochu Corporation), Johnathan Capehart (The Washington Post), Nikole Hannah-Jones (The New York Times Magazine), CNN anchor John Berman, Dr. Mona Khanna (Fox Chicago News), composers Todd Frazier and Christopher Theofanidis, racing driver Keiko Ihara, architect Satoshi Okada, NASA astronaut Dan Tani, actor Tetsuya Bessho, U.S. State Senators Aaron Ford (Nevada) and Benjamin Allen (California), former U.S. Ambassador to Sweden Mark Brzezinski, and Olympic silver medalist Yuko Arimori.

The pool of candidates for seats at the 2017 conference was extremely competitive. In addition to leadership criteria, selections for each class aim to shape the unique delegation of first and second-year participants with a diverse representation of professions, geographic areas and perspectives. In total, 19 new Delegates (6 American and 13 Japanese) will join 25 returning second year Delegates for the Program’s Eighteenth Annual Conference in Kyoto and Tokyo from July 23-30, 2017. The Class of 2017-2018 will convene for their second conference next summer, to be held July 28 – August 4, 2018 in Seattle. Delegates will be joined by Fellows (alumni) on the final two days of each conference, creating new and strengthening existing inter-class bonds.

Click here to view all 44 Delegates to the 2017 Japan Conference

2017-2018 American Delegates:

  • Brian Ferguson, President & Co-Founder, Arena Labs
  • Nadim Hossain, CEO & Co-Founder, BrightFunnel
  • Scott Mulhauser, Visiting Fellow, University of Pennsylvania
  • Sharmeen Premjee, Senior Public Health Advisor, Global HIV and TB, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • Sea Thomas, Major, U.S. Marine Corps; J2/Intelligence Directorate, U.S. Pacific Command
  • Amy Webb, Founder & CEO, Future Today Institute

2017-2018 Japanese Delegates:

  • Yutaka Arai, Principal, Sapporo Shinyo High School
  • Michinao Hashimoto, Assistant Professor, Singapore University of Technology and Design
  • Makiko Hirata, Classical Pianist, Rice University; River Oaks Chamber Orchestra; Ensemble MATIMA
  • Hardy T S Kagimoto, President & CEO, HEALIOS, K.K.
  • Tomoko Kubota, News Caster / Reporter, Tokyo Broadcasting System, Inc.; Professional Fellow, Weatherhead East Asian Institute, Columbia University
  • Keiko Namba, Deputy Director, Second North America Division, North American Affairs Bureau, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan
  • Hiro Nozaki, Director, BlackRock, Inc.
  • Koji Okubo, Senior Architect, Nikken Sekkei, Ltd.
  • Eiko Ooka, Director, Corporate Advisory Division, Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation
  • Haruko Sasamoto, Assistant Manager, Silicon Valley Branch, Mitsubishi Corporation (Americas)
  • Mio Takaoka, Managing Director and Member of the Board, Monex Ventures; Advisor, Monex Group, Inc.
  • Mayumi Uejima-Carr, Co-President, TABLE FOR TWO USA
  • Mayu Yamaguchi, PhD Candidate, Graduate Schools for Law and Politics, The University of Tokyo

October 2016 Grants Announced

October 31, 2016 Latest News

The Foundation is pleased to announce grants awarded during its October 2016 funding cycle. Click here for details.

USJLP 2017-2018 Applications Cycle Announced

October 3, 2016 Latest News

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Since 2000 the US-Japan Leadership Program has been devoted to developing a network of friendship, communication and understanding among the next generation of leaders in the two countries. Over the course of two summers, some 40 young leaders are brought together to explore and discuss important topics of mutual interest. Once selected for the Program, participants gain lifelong access to the unique pool of USJLP talent, connections and opportunities.

To qualify for the 2017-2018 USJLP conferences, candidates must hold U.S. or Japan citizenship, be between the ages of 28 and 42 as of the first day of the 2017 conference (July 23, 2017), and have demonstrated leadership, achievement, or the potential for leadership in their respective fields. USJLP strives to achieve a diverse and balanced class each year, and consideration will be given to proven leaders from a broad spectrum of careers and backgrounds.

The Eighteenth Annual Conference will be held in Kyoto and Tokyo from July 23-30, 2017. Delegates who start the Program in 2017 are expected to return for their second year at the 2018 conference, currently scheduled to be held July 28 – August 4, 2018 in Seattle. Learn more about USJLP conferences here.

To nominate a young leader for USJLP, send a brief note to applications@usjlp.org and the secretariats will be pleased to contact your nominee with application details.

The application deadline is Monday, January 9, 2017.

Interested candidates are invited to submit a CV, personal statement, recommendation letter, and an application cover sheet with headshot photo. Applicants will be notified of the results in March, 2017.

Visit the USJLP Applications page for complete details and necessary documents.

2016 Elgin Heinz Outstanding Teacher Awards

April 23, 2016 Latest News

Congratulations to the 2016 Elgin Heinz Outstanding Teacher Award recipients, Mr. Robert Clavelle and Mr. Koichi Sano. Read more about them here.

April 2016 Grants Announced

April 21, 2016 Latest News

The Foundation is pleased to announce grants awarded in April 2016:

Apr 2016

US-JAPAN LEADERSHIP PROGRAM CLASS OF 2016-2017 ANNOUNCED

March 30, 2016 Latest News

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The US-Japan Foundation is proud to announce the newest class of Delegates to the US-Japan Leadership Program (USJLP). The purpose of USJLP is to develop a network of communication, friendship and understanding among the next generation of leaders in the U.S. and Japan. The Program aims to foster a continuing dialogue among rising stars in leadership from a variety of backgrounds and professions. It starts this process by bringing together some 20 young leaders, ages 28-42, from each country for two intensive weeklong conferences over two years, with discussions revolving around historical and current issues in bilateral relations, as well as issues reaching beyond our two countries. Through serious conversation as well as recreation and shared cultural activities it seeks to nurture lifelong relationships.

Once selected for the Program, members gain lifelong access to the unique pool of USJLP talent and are able to engage in activities that take place throughout the U.S. and Japan, from intellectual gatherings to informal meetings. After sixteen years the USJLP network boasts 367 members in both countries. Prominent members of the Program include Cabinet of Japan minister Taro Kono, members of Japan’s House of Representatives Motohisa Furukawa and Keiichiro Asao, renowned violinist Midori Goto, Claire Chino (Executive Officer, Itochu Corporation), Johnathan Capehart (The Washington Post), CNN anchor John Berman, Dr. Mona Khanna (Fox Chicago News), composers Todd Frazier and Christopher Theofanidis, racing driver Keiko Ihara, architect Satoshi Okada, NASA astronaut Dan Tani, actor Tetsuya Bessho, U.S. State Senators Aaron Ford (Nevada) and Benjamin Allen (California), former U.S. Ambassador to Sweden Mark Brzezinski, and Olympic silver medalist Yuko Arimori.

The pool of candidates for seats at the 2016 conference was extremely competitive. In addition to leadership criteria, selections for each class aim to shape the unique delegation of first and second-year participants with a diverse representation of professions, geographic areas and perspectives. In total, 26 new Delegates (17 American and 9 Japanese) will join 23 returning second year Delegates for the Program’s Seventeenth Annual Conference in Seattle from July 16-23, 2016. The Class of 2016-2017 will convene for their second conference next summer, to be held July 23-30, 2017 in Japan. Delegates will be joined by Fellows (alumni) on the final two days of each conference, creating new and strengthening existing inter-class bonds.

2016-2017 Japanese Delegates:

  • Yusuke Asakura, Visiting Scholar, Shorenstein Asia Pacific Research Center, Stanford University
  • LTC Junko Furuta, Lieutenant Colonel; Plans Officer, Air Power Studies Center of Excellence, Air Staff College, Japan Air Self Defense Force (JASDF), Ministry of Defense, Japan
  • Emi Hariyama, Ballerina/Producer/Artist
  • Sohei Ide, Correspondent, Economic News Section, Kyodo News
  • Koji Isozumi, Vice Principal, Seiko Gakuin High School
  • Kosuke Mitsumoto, Attorney, URYU & ITOGA; Executive Director, Sezon Museum of Modern Art
  • Atsuhiko Sakamoto, Managing Director, Bain Capital
  • Fumino Sugiyama, LGBT Rights Activist; Official Representative, Tokyo Rainbow Pride
  • Yuji Yamamoto, CEO, MinaCare Co., Ltd.

2016-2017 American Delegates: 

  • Pat Basu, Chief Medical Officer, Doctor on Demand
  • Christopher Carr, Research Scientist, Massachusetts Institute of Technology; Research Fellow, Massachusetts General Hospital
  • LTC Jasmin Cho, Lieutenant Colonel, U.S. Army Reserves, U.S. Department of State
  • Nell Derick Debevoise, Founder and CEO, Inspiring Capital
  • Nikole Hannah-Jones, Staff Writer, The New York Times Magazine
  • Erin Krampetz, Senior Change Leader, Ashoka; Co-Founder, Ashoka U
  • Jeffrey Le, Assistant Cabinet Secretary, Office of the Governor of California, Edmund G. Brown, Jr.
  • Margaret Lewis, Professor of Law, Seton Hall University
  • Joshua Marcuse, Senior Advisor for Policy Innovation, U.S. Department of Defense
  • Aerosyn-Lex Mestrovic, Artist
  • Robert Moore, Major; Chief Wing Executive Officer, 62nd Airlift Wing, U.S. Air Force
  • Kerry O’Connor, Design Director, IDEO
  • Eze Redwood, Partner, Wings Café; Founder, Twenty30CEO
  • Tracey Ross, Associate Director, Poverty to Prosperity Program, Center for American Progress
  • Jessica Tarlov, Senior Strategist, Schoen Consulting
  • Mike Waltz, President, METIS Solutions; Lieutenant Colonel, U.S. Army Special Forces (reserve); Author, Warrior Diplomat; Senior Fellow, Foundation for the Defense of Democracies
  • Dawn Yamane Hewett, Deputy General Counsel for Strategic Initiatives, U.S. Department of Commerce, Office of General Counsel