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FIVE FEDERAL EMPLOYEES AWARDED MIKE MANSFIELD ELLOWSHIPS
YEAR-LONG TRAINING FOR YEAR IN JAPAN TO BEGIN IN SEPTEMBER


(Washington, D.C.) The Maureen and Mike Mansfield Foundation today announced that five U.S. federal government officials have been awarded Mike Mansfield Fellowships. The Mike Mansfield Fellowship Program is a two-year, government-to-government exchange—the first of its kind for the United States and Japan.


The following U.S. government officials were selected by a bi-national committee:


L. William Heinrich Foreign Affairs Analyst, Office of East Asia and Pacific Affairs, Northeast Asia Division, U.S. Department of State

Chenni Huang Supervisory Special Agent/Program Manager, Office of International Operations, Federal Bureau of Investigation, U.S. Department of Justice

 

William G. Kaag Logistics Manager, Office of Ship Operations, Maritime Administration, U.S. Department of Transportation

Martin Koubek Program Analyst, International Policy, Fuel Economy and Consumer Programs International Harmonization and Policy, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration U.S. Department of Transportation

 

Deirdre M. Lawrence Epidemiologist, Risk Factor Monitoring and Methods Branch Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences, National Cancer Institute, National Institutes of Health, Department of Health and Human Services

 

Established by Congress in 1994, Mansfield Fellowships are building a corps of U.S. government officials who can be a resource to their agencies on Japan issues because they have Japanese language skills and a firsthand understanding of the political, economic and strategic dimensions of the complex U.S.-Japan relationship.



An intensive two-year program, the Fellowships enable a select group of federal employees to develop an in-depth understanding of Japan and its government through hands-on, practical work inside Japanese government ministries and agencies, preceded by a year of intensive, full-time study in the United States of the Japanese language and area studies. The Fellowships are administered by The Maureen and Mike Mansfield Foundation through an annual Congressional appropriation, with the United States Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs as grantor. Additional support comes from the government of Japan, Northwest Airlines and the Toshiba International Foundation.


“ This eleventh group of Mansfield Fellows brings to the Fellowship Program a wide range of professional accomplishments and a commitment to a strong U.S.-Japan relationship,” said Gordon Flake, executive director of The Maureen and Mike Mansfield Foundation. “The Fellows represent the U.S. departments of State, Justice, Transportation and Health and Human Services. During their two years in the Mansfield Fellowship Program, the Fellows will learn Japanese, discover how their Japanese hosts address issues similar to those in their U.S. agencies, and build networks of contacts in Japan’s government. They will return to their agencies well prepared to work on U.S.-Japan cooperative programs and activities.”


Since the Fellowships were established, 70 Fellows, representing 20 agencies and departments of the U.S. government, have entered the program. Program alumni have been promoted or assigned to federal government positions with direct responsibility for issues involving Japan and Asia. The next application deadline is April 3, 2006; for more information about the Mansfield Fellowship Program, please visit: http://www.mansfieldfdn.org/fellow/fellow.htm.
Since its establishment in 1983, The Maureen and Mike Mansfield Foundation has sought to advance Mike Mansfield’s lifelong work to promote understanding and cooperation among the nations and peoples of Asia and the United States. The Foundation’s exchanges, policy dialogues, research and education facilitate dialogue among Asians and Americans, explore the underlying issues that influence policies, create networks among Asian and American leaders, and increase public awareness about the nations and peoples of Asia. The Maureen and Mike Mansfield Foundation also supports The Maureen and Mike Mansfield Center at The University of Montana. The Foundation has offices in Washington, D.C., Tokyo, Japan, and Missoula, Montana.

 

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