October 2015


Concordia Language Villages

To support a Japanese language scholarship program for middle and high school students in a 12-state region (Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan,Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota and Wisconsin) that aims to improve Japanese language study throughout the Midwest.
Moorhead, MN. $38,577.50

Del Norte Unified School District

To support the continued development of a sister school relationship between Del Norte High School and Takata High School.
Crescent City, CA. $30,200

Five Colleges (Five College Center for East Asian Studies)

To support a teacher professional development program for 10 U.S. educators who will travel to Nagasaki, Hiroshima, and Kyoto Japan and produce lesson plans based on the experience.
Amherst, MA. $62,909

Hiroshima University

To support research on the impact of Mihara Junior High School “Peace Project” on Japanese students and American teachers as well as to implement long-term school partnerships.
Hiroshima, Japan. ¥1,300,000

Japan-America Society of Washington, DC

To support a national Japanese language and culture competition for high school students.
Washington, DC. $64,240

Lincoln Memorial University

To support the LMU-Kanto Program, an innovative study-abroad program that brings Japanese high school students to Lincoln Memorial University for six weeks in the spring.
Harrogate, TN. $9,000

Mercy College

To support a Japan-focused professional development program for in-service and pre-service middle school teachers in four school districts in Westchester County, New York.
Dobbs Ferry, NY. $80,003

Michigan State University

To support a bi-national, US and Japan, environmental education project focused on water quality issues for high school students and teachers in the State of Michigan and the Prefecture of Shiga, Japan.
East Lansing, MI. $110,461.41

Middlebury Institute of International Studies

To support an education program designed to promote awareness of nonproliferation and international peace and security issues and the development of critical thinking skills among high school students in the US and Japan.
Monterey, CA. $79,640

Mississippi State University Foundation

To support a professional development program on Japan for 28 secondary school teachers from the Golden Triangle area of Clay, Lowndes, and Oktibbeha Counties.
Mississippi State, MS. $34,000

Primary Source

To support a multi-faceted project that will equip approximately 200 K-8 teachers to teach their thousands of students accurately and engagingly about the relationships between Japanese people and their landscape and environment.
Watertown, MA. $96,986

Seafair Foundation

To support the Seafair Ambassador program that engages local high school students in a trip to Kobe, Japan to strengthen the Seattle-Kobe Sister City relationship.
Seattle, WA. $20,000

Friends of the Japanese House and Garden (Shofuso)

To support education programs associated with an archaeological excavation of the first Japanese garden in North America and to provide free educational outreach and field trips to the Title I public and charter schools in area.
Philadelphia, PA. $30,000

Stanford University (Stanford Program on International and Cross-Cultural Education)

To support the second year of a distance-learning course sponsored by the Stanford Program on International and Cross-Cultural Education (SPICE) that will annually enroll exceptional high school students from Japan to engage in an intensive study of U.S. society and culture.
Stanford, CA. $102,971

Sumter County Schools

To support an educational partnership and exchange between schools in Sumter County, Georgia, and Miyoshi, Japan, that was originally started by former President Jimmy Carter.
Americus, GA. $34,150

University of Colorado Foundation (University of Colorado, Boulder – Program for Teaching East Asia)

To support an integrated program of professional development opportunities and resources for secondary social studies classrooms designed to raise the prominence of Japan in the secondary social studies curriculum.
Denver, CO. $106,677

Communication and Public Opinion

Coastal Enterprises

To support a tech transfer exchange trip with the scallop aquaculture industry in Aomori, Japan to advance the development of Maine’s scallop aquaculture industry.
Portland, ME. $54,793

Eileen Fisher Community Foundation

To support the creation of a leadership program for young women in Japan directed by the Eileen Fisher Leadership Institute.
Irvington, NY. $48,500

International Center for Journalists

To support a media fellowship that will prepare and send three selected U.S. journalists on 19-day reporting tours to Japan.
Washington, DC. $78,571

Japan Women’s Innovation Network (J-Win)

To support a study tour to the US for Diversity and Inclusion and HR professionals from Japan.
Tokyo, Japan. ¥2,832,000

Japan Center for International Exchange

To support an intensive program for U.S. journalists that will bring them to Japan to expose them to the dynamics of Japan’s politics and its economic and foreign policymaking.
New York, NY. $99,876

Japan NPO Center

To examine creative approaches and technologies that can effectively enable individuals to participate more fully in civil society activities in the US and Japan.
Tokyo, Japan. ¥7,722,000

Light Industry Cinema Projects

To support a documentary film production grant for a film investigating the pivotal role Japanese artists of the Edo era played in setting the stage for the “modern art” movement in the West.
New York, NY. $50,000

New York Women in Film and Television

To support a documentary film about 83 year-old atomic bomb survivor Setsuko Thurlow.
New York, NY. $50,000

Showa Women’s University

To support a symposium in Tokyo that will focus on improving opportunities for women in politics, government, and business from a scholarly and practical perspective.
Tokyo, Japan. ¥8,360,000

Simmons College (Japanese Women’s Leadership Initiative)

To support 10th anniversary events in Tokyo and Boston for the Japanese Women’s Leadership Initiative in an effort to highlight the impact of this program, strengthen the program’s network, and discern strategic directions for the next ten years.
Boston, MA. $175,216

Stanford University

To support a research and policy dialogue on womenomics and women in the Japanese labor force and in society.
Stanford, CA. $126,770

U.S.-Japan Council

To support the creation of a platform to assist Japanese small- and medium-sized enterprises seeking success in the U.S. market through the support and innovation of Silicon Valley funds, partners, resources and collaboration.
Washington, DC. $74,800

Visual Communications Media

To support a feature-length documentary that follows three survivors of the 3.11 tsunami in Rikuzentakata as they rebuild their lives and their town.
Los Angeles, CA. $27,957

Vital Voices Global Partnership

To support a planning grant for the development of the Vital Voices GROW Fellowship Program in Japan.
Washington, DC. $50,000

WIT (Word in Tohoku)

To support a program in the Tohoku region of Japan that fosters collaboration between local social entrepreneurs and business/non-profit leaders from the US and Japan to solve social issues.
Tokyo, Japan. ¥4,765,200

US-Japan Policy Studies

Council on Foreign Relations

To support the second year of a project that will look carefully at Japan’s nationalist politics to examine their impact on the US-Japan alliance, and will engage leading experts from the United States and Japan in a conversation about how to manage these reactive nationalisms in Northeast Asia.
New York, NY. $96,272

International University of Japan

To support a joint project of six scholars to explore the concept of human security and ways in which the US and Japan can work together to develop human security in Southeast Asia.
Niigata, Japan. ¥3,062,400