USJLP 2016-2017 Applications Cycle Announced

September 24, 2015 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 2015-2016 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 2016 conference (July 16, 2016), 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 Seventeenth Annual Conference will be held in Seattle, WA from July 23-30, 2016. Delegates who start the Program in 2016 are expected to return for their second year at the 2017 conference, currently scheduled to be held July 23-30, 2017 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 Thursday, January 7, 2016.

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, 2016.

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

2015 Elgin Heinz Outstanding Teacher Award Recipients Announced

May 24, 2015 Latest News

The United States-Japan Foundation is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2015 Elgin Heinz Outstanding Teacher Awards. Click here to read more.

USJF Announces Grants Awarded in April 2015

April 27, 2015 Latest News

The United States-Japan Foundation is pleased to announce grants awarded in April 2015. Click here for details.

US-JAPAN LEADERSHIP PROGRAM CLASS OF 2015-2016 ANNOUNCED

April 1, 2015 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 fifteen years the USJLP network boasts 347 alumni in both countries. Prominent alumni of the Program include members of Japan’s House of Representatives Taro Kono, Motohisa Furukawa and Keiichiro Asao, renowned violinist Midori Goto, Claire Chino (Executive Officer, Itochu Corporation), Johnathan Capehart (The Washington Post), Dr. Mona Khanna (Fox Chicago News), composers Todd Frazier and Christopher Theofanidis, racing driver Keiko Ihara, NASA astronaut Dan Tani, actor Tetsuya Bessho, U.S. State Senators Aaron Ford (Nevada) and Benjamin Allen (California), U.S. Ambassador to Sweden Mark Brzezinski, and Olympic silver medalist Yuko Arimori.

The pool of candidates for seats at the 2015 conference was extremely competitive. In addition to leadership criteria, selections for each class aim to shape that year’s unique delegation of first and second-year participants with diverse representation of professions, geographic range and perspectives. In total, 21 new Delegates (8 American and 13 Japanese) will join 23 returning second year Delegates for the Program’s Sixteenth Annual Conference in Kyoto and Tokyo from July 19-26, 2015. The Class of 2015-2016 will convene for their second conference next summer, to be held July 16-23, 2016 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.

2015-2016 American Delegates:

  • John Berman, Anchor, CNN
  • Andrew Byrnes, Chief of Staff, U.S. Patent & Trademark Office, U.S. Department of Commerce
  • Lauren Edgar, Research Geologist, Astrogeology Science Center, U.S. Geological Survey
  • Ziad Haider, Senior Advisor, Policy Planning Staff, Office of the Secretary of State, U.S. Department of State
  • Ryan Mackenzie, Member, 134th Legislative District; Deputy Majority Whip, Pennsylvania House of Representatives
  • Kerry O’Connor, Design Director, IDEO
  • Ginger Turner, Senior Economist & Vice President, Swiss Re
  • Elizabeth Whittaker, Senior Director, Diversity and Equity Leadership Development, Leadership for Education Equity

2015-2016 Japanese Delegates:

  • Yukiko Imanaka, Senior Safeguard Officer, Environmental and Social Considerations Review Division, Credit Risk Analysis and Environmental Review Department, Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA)
  • Miyuki Inoue, Reporter / Member of Media Lab, Asahi Shimbun
  • Naonobu Ishikawa, Manager, Global Network & Co-ordination Team, Global Strategy & Business Development Department, Mitsubishi Corporation
  • Lisa Katayama, Founder and President, The Tofu Project; Program Manager, MIT Media Lab
  • Kei Katsuno, Director of Portfolio Strategy and Programs, GHIT Fund
  • Rie Kijima, Lecturer and Postdoctoral Fellow, Stanford Graduate School of Education
  • Mitsuru Kodaira, Counselor for Political Affairs, Embassy of Japan in the U.S.
  • Daiko Matsuyama, Deputy Head Priest, Taizoin Zen Buddhist Temple
  • Sachiko Nakajima, Jazz Pianist / Composer; Mathematician; Manager, Strategy Implementation, CEO Office, Phoenix Consulting, Inc.
  • Genichi Osawa, Chief Representative, Japan Ministry of Finance (MoF) in New York; Deputy Consul-General, Japan Consulate-General in New York
  • Tamon Suzuki, Associate Professor, Graduate School of Law, Hakubi Center for Advanced Research, Kyoto University
  • Nobuko Tabata, Consultant, McKinsey & Company
  • Takeharu Takahashi, CEO, Takahashi Curtain Wall Corp., Ltd.

October 2014 Grants Awarded

October 30, 2014 Latest News

The United States-Japan Foundation is pleased to annouce grants awarded in October 2014.  Click here for details.

USJLP 2015-2016 Application Cycle Announced

September 24, 2014 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 2015-2016 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 2015 conference (July 19, 2015), 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 Sixteenth Annual Conference will be held in Kyoto and Tokyo from July 19-26, 2015. Delegates who start the Program in 2015 are expected to return for their second year at the 2016 conference, currently set for July 16-23, 2016 in Seattle, WA. 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 Thursday, January 8, 2015.

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, 2015.

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

2014 Elgin Heinz Outstanding Teacher Award Recipients Announced

June 13, 2014 Latest News

The Foundation is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2014 Elgin Heinz Outstanding Teacher Awards.

USJF Fall Funding Cycle Deadlines Announced

June 11, 2014 Latest News

Letters of inquiry for the Foundation’s fall funding cycle are due by July 15, 2014 and invited full proposals are due at the end of August.

Japan Society honors USJF President Dr. George R. Packard

June 11, 2014 Latest News

The Japan Society of New York presented USJF President Dr. George R. Packard with its Japan Society Award at their annual gala dinner on June 5, 2014.GRP_JS

USJF Announces Grants Awarded in April 2014

May 25, 2014 Latest News

The United States-Japan Foundation is pleased to announce grants awarded during its April 2014 funding cycle. Link here for details.