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Apply Now for 2017 US Congressional Staff Exchange to Japan

The Japan Center for International Exchange (JCIE) is now accepting applications for its 2017 Congressional Staff Exchange Program, which will bring senior congressional staff to Japan for a week of meetings focusing on US-Japan security cooperation, trade, and other pressing issues in US-Asia relations.

Dates: May 27 – June 3, 2017
Location: Tokyo & one other city
Expenses: Airfare (economy), as well as in-country travel, lodging, meals, and other program-related costs are covered by JCIE.
Deadline: April 18, 2017

Program Overview: Since 1982, the Congressional Staff Exchange Program has given 170 senior staff the opportunity to visit Japan for an intensive one-week study program involving briefings from leading policy experts and meetings with high-level government, civil society, and private sector leaders. Participants in the program are also invited to attend a pre-trip briefing session and various follow-up activities.

The program aims to provide participants with a deeper understanding of the US-Japan relationship and the dynamics of Japanese policymaking. Ultimately, this enhances US policymaking by heightening understanding of the opportunities and challenges close US-Japan cooperation on the bilateral, regional, and global levels.

This year's program is made possible by a generous grant from the Japan-United States Friendship Commission, a US federal agency.

Participants: The program is designed for senior Congressional staff who work in areas where a deeper understanding of US-Japan relations and Japanese political, socioeconomic, and foreign policy trends can contribute to more informed and effective policymaking. Participants are expected to have a commitment to stay in public service, and priority is placed on selecting a balanced group of participants with a strong potential to make substantial and lasting contributions in the policymaking process.

To Apply: Please download the application form linked here (.DOC) and submit to Yuki Poudyal (ypoudyal@jcie.org | TEL: 212-679-4130).

About JCIE: An independent and nonpartisan nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization, JCIE promotes substantive dialogue between politicians, policymakers, and researchers around the world.



This Congressional staff exchange program has been made possible by the generous support of the Japan-US Friendship Commission, an independent federal agency dedicated to strengthening the US-Japan relationship through educational, cultural, and intellectual exchange.