Professor Nathaniel Smith Selected for "US-Japan Network for the Future" Program

May 6th, 2014

Dr. Nathaniel Smith, Professor of Japanese Anthropology, has been selected as a participant in the third cohort of the "US-Japan Network for the Future" Program.

According to a recent press release from the Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership (CGP) and the Mike and Maureen Mansfield Foundation, Prof. Smith is one of thirteen scholars to have been selected.  This is the third group selected for the two-year program, which was initiated by the Foundation and CGP in 2009 to identify and support professionals who demonstrate an interest in and potential for becoming Japan specialists and policy experts.
Cohort III includes Japan specialists from universities throughout the United States, as well as research, policy, and advisory organizations.  Their research interests and areas of expertise include U.S.-Japan relations as well as Japanese domestic politics, foreign policy, family policy, history and culture, and religious traditions.  The scholars were selected for their diverse perspectives and their ability to contribute to the U.S.-Japan policymaking process and to U.S.-Japan understanding. Like the twenty-nine scholars who have participated in the U.S.-Japan Network for the Future program since 2009, the Cohort III scholars will have opportunities to develop their network of contacts in the United States and Japan; enhance their knowledge of Japan and U.S.-Japan relations; strengthen their communications skills, and engage with others in the program and in the academic, policy, media and business communities about their work and what they have learned about Japan.
The Cohort III scholars will participate in: a two-day workshop in Washington, D.C. (June 2014); a two-day retreat in Montana (September 2014); a week-long series of meetings in Washington, D.C. (January 2015); a week-long Japan study trip (June 2015); and a January 2016 public symposium and current issues panel discussion.  They also will be expected to conduct independent research on Japan-related issues of particular interest to them, write op-ed pieces and other commentary on important policy issues in U.S.-Japan relations, and produce a brief policy paper for publication.
More information about the U.S.-Japan Network for the Future and all the groups of Network scholars is available on the Foundation’s website at: