Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University



US Mansfield Fellows Visit APU

Mar 1, 2007

Five Mansfield Fellows from The United States of America visited APU on March 1st, 2007 as part of their study-tour in Japan.

The Mansfield study-tour is part of the "Mike Mansfield Fellowship Program", which is a United States federal government initiative. To contribute to the promotion of good-will between the United States and Japan, the study-tour aims to provide U.S. federal government employees with the opportunity to work with their counterparts in Japan.

During the two-year program, the Fellows spend a year undertaking rigorous Japanese language and area studies training in Washington. And the second-year involves a year working within Japanese government offices.

The five Fellows who are the 11th participants on this program hail from various government bodies in the U.S. such as the State Department, Justice Department, Department of Transport and Health Department. Their year-long internship within Japanese government offices commenced last year in September, 2006.

At APU, the Fellows had the opportunity to engage in friendly talks with University Executives, as well as participate in a lecture conducted by Professor YOKOYAMA Kenji on the "Present and Future of Japan's Economy".

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