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Young Researchers form American Think Tanks Visit Tokyo and Hiroshima

North America International Youth Exchange

As the role of American think tanks is being rethought in the era of the Trump Administration, young researcher from two leading think tanks based in Washington DC: the Heritage Foundation and Cato Institute visited Tokyo and Hiroshima from February 8 through February 14, 2017. They were members of KAKEHASHI Project hosted by JICE.

Visit to Bank of Japan
Visit to Hiroshima Peace Memorial

KAKEHASHI, meaning a bridge in Japanese, is designed for North America; the United States and Canada. There are other youth exchange projects for Asia and the Pacific (JENESYS), Latin America and the Caribbean (Juntos!), and Europe, Central Asia and the Caucasus (MIRAI). All are parts of “Japan Friendships Ties Program” launched by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and managed by JICE to promote youth and cultural exchange between Japan and the world.

The KAKEHASHI Project, in general, aims to deepen North American youths’ understanding of Japan in terms of her politics, economy, society, culture, history and foreign policy and to encourage them to disseminate their observations and inspirations of Japan through various means including social networking media.

This visit program had more of financial and economic focus because most of the participants were researchers on such areas. Besides having cultural experiences, they had an opportunity to present their assessment of the political and economic situations under the current U.S. administration as well as to exchange opinions with the Japanese researchers and think tankers. They also visited Hiroshima to deepen their understanding on peace.

Looking forward, the KAKEHASHI members are expected to disseminate their observations and impressions about Japan to their friends and colleagues and to keep high interest in Japan and develop a better US-Japan network in the future.

Group photo at the reporting session (form right to left: Mr. Matsutaro Yamazaki,First North America Division, North American Affaires Bureau, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Prof. Yorizumi Watanabe, Faculty of Policy Management, Keio University, Mr. Aiichiro Yamamoto, Director, North America and Europe Office, JICE)

International Exchange Department
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For more details about our past youth exchange programs, please visit:
→  https://www.jice.org/exchange/en/index.html