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2009 CGP APSIA Japan Travel Program for US Future Leaders

September 04, 2009

The Center for Global Partnership (CGP), in conjunction with the Association for Professional Schools in International Affairs (APSIA), implemented the Japan Travel Program for U.S. Future Leaders, taking 13 Masters Degree candidates of APSIA-member institutions to Japan for ten days.

The goal of this new initiative is to foster a new generation of future leaders in the United States who are interested in achieving a greater understanding of Japan and its roles in global affairs, and in engaging in dialogue and interchange with their counterparts in Japan.

Thirteen graduate students studying international affairs traveled to Japan from August 15-25, 2009 to acquire first hand knowledge of Japan and how it is trying to fulfill its shared global responsibilities. They met with experts in the fields of politics, economics, and civil society; visited relevant sites and institutions including the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, National Defense Academy, and the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies; and visited historically relevant cultural sites and institutions including the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum in Hiroshima and Kinkaku-ji (Golden Pavilion) in Kyoto.