The Role of Philanthropy in Postwar US-Japan Relations | 2003 Tokyo Workshop

July 12–13, 2003
Tokyo

After World War II, philanthropy played a critical but often overlooked role in driving the dramatic change in perceptions and values that enabled two bitter foes, Japan and the United States, to become the closest of allies. Using extensive archival research and interviews, JCIE conducted a major study that examined the long-term impact of foundations and individual philanthropists, mainly in the United States but also including some in Japan, on the bilateral relationship. 

As part of this project, leaders and analysts in the fields of philanthropy and US-Japan relations gathered in a series of workshops in the United States and Japan to share their experiences and discuss the impact of philanthropy on various aspects of the bilateral relationship. The fourth workshop was held on July 12–13, 2003, at JCIE’s offices in Tokyo. The project team gathered to discuss the drafts and outlines of the results of their research on the various aspects of philanthropic involvement in the US-Japan relationship during the period of 1945–1975. The discussions focused on strategies for the final phase of archival research, interviews, and writing.

July 12

Session I 

The Role of Philanthropy and Civil Society in U.S. Foreign Relations
Akira Iriye, Charles Warren Professor of American History, Harvard University

The Evolution of Japan-U.S. Intellectual Exchange
Makoto Iokibe, Professor, Kobe University; Harvard-Yenching Institute Coordinate Researcher

Session II

The Legacy of Japanese Philanthropists and the Role of Japanese Corporate Philanthropy
Masato Kimura, Director of Research, RYUMONSHA (Shibusawa Eiichi Memorial Foundation)
Hideko Katsumata, Managing Director and Executive Secretary, JCIE/Japan

Foundation Support for Institution-Building in Japan
Jun Wada, Chief Program Officer, JCIE/Japan; Professor, Kanda University of International Studies
Seiko Ihara, Assistant Program Officer, JCIE/Japan

July 13

Session III

Foundation Support for Grassroots Exchange
Toshihiro Menju, Senior Program Officer, JCIE/Japan

Foundation Support for American Studies in Japan
James Gannon, Executive Director, JCIE/USA

Foundation Support for Japanese Studies in the United States
Kim Gould Ashizawa, Senior Associate, JCIE/USA

Session IV: Introduction of Overview Chapter

Kim Gould AshizawaSenior Associate, JCIE/USA
(Research Coordinator)

James GannonExecutive Director, JCIE/USA

Seiko IharaAssistant Program Officer, JCIE/Japan

Makoto IokibeProfessor, Kobe University; Harvard-Yenching Institute Coordinate Researcher

Akira IriyeCharles Warren Professor of American History, Harvard University

Hideko KatsumataManaging Director and Executive Secretary, JCIE/Japan

Masato KimuraDirector of Research, RYUMONSHA (Shibusawa Eiichi Memorial Foundation)

Toshihiro MenjuSenior Program Officer, JCIE/Japan

Masahide ShibusawaPresident, Shibusawa Eiichi Memorial Foundation

Jun WadaChief Program Officer, JCIE/Japan; Professor and Director of the Intercultural Communication Institute, Kanda University of International Studies

Tadashi YamamotoPresident, JCIE
(Research Director)

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