Symposium by Returning International FellowsWhat We Experienced Overseas: Networking, Dissemination Skills, Innovation

Time: December 19, 2014 (Friday) 14:30–18:20
Location: 2nd Floor Conference Room, Nippon Zaidan Building

The Nippon Foundation International Fellowship program was launched in fiscal 2012 to cultivate and support leaders able to guide Japan in the future. This requires individuals who can incorporate international perspectives in the resolution of social issues, implement new initiatives in their field of specialization, and disseminate information globally. Several fellows from fiscal 2012 and fiscal 2013 have completed their research programs and returned to Japan, and this will be the first symposium at which they report on their activities.

Time December 19, 2014 (Friday) 14:30–18:20
Location 2nd Floor Conference Room, Nippon Zaidan Building (1-2-2 Akasaka, Minato-ku, Tokyo)
Organizer The Nippon Foundation
Admission Free of charge
Application Please register via this link (registration and the sessions will be in Japanese only).



Greetings from Yohei Sasakawa, Chairman, and Takeju Ogata, President, The Nippon Foundation


Panel discussion featuring presentations by returning fellows (academic)

  • Social Innovation, Changes in Global Systems, and Individual Mindfulness (Hideyuki Inoue, Assistant Professor, Keio University, fellowships at Stanford University and Claremont Graduate University)
  • What Are a Researcher’s Personal Connections? Report on Research in Britain (Dai Tamada, Professor, Kobe University, fellowship at University of London)
  • Learning from U.S. Universities’ Programs to Protect the Rights of Persons with Disabilities: What I Learned during My Year of Research (Mayumi Shirasawa, Associate Professor, Tsukuba University of Technology, fellowship at Rochester Institute of Technology)
  • Living and Conducting Research in Multicultural Toronto (Sayaka Fujii, Associate Professor, University of Tsukuba, fellowship at University of Toronto)


Panel discussion featuring presentations by returning fellows (non-academic)

  • Cities, Transportation, and Culture (Masaru Kimura, Director, Planning Office Logistics Policy Division, Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism, fellowships at London School of Economics and Political Science, and University College London)
  • Linkage between Security Policy and Economic Policy: The Chinese “Threat,” the United States, and Japan (Yohei Matsuda, Deputy Director, Information Economy Division, Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, fellowships at University of Warwick and London School of Economics and Political Science)
  • Japan-U.S. Cooperation in Defense Equipment and Technologies: A Model for Japan’s International Joint Development and Production (Taisuke Hirose, Matsushita Institute of Government and Management, fellowship at Center for Strategic and International Studies)