Archive for June 2017

JUSFC Meet Our Grantees Series: Maureen and Mike Mansfield Foundation

June 20, 2017 – 

In 2014, JUSFC awarded the Mansfield Foundation an institutional grant for its U.S.-Japan Space Forum (USJSF), comprised of space policy experts from the governments of the United States and Japan, private sector, and think tank and academic communit

ies. The Foundation held meetings in Montana, Washington, D.C., Seattle and Tokyo, inviting informal discussion and dialogue about concerns and perspectives from all sides.

“The Japan-U.S. Friendship Commission helped us establish this program,” Mansfield Foundation Director of Programs Ryan Shaffer noted. “The Foundation’s support for the bilateral relationship closely aligns with JUSFC’s mission. This grant makes this type of programming possible, further enriching and strengthening the U.S.-Japan relationship. The Obama Administration and Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe established a ‘Comprehensive Dialogue’ between the two countries (which continues under the Trump administration), bringing both countries together on space policy. Noting the increasing role of private sector innovation in our national space capabilities, the U.S.-Japan Space Forum provides a platform for private sector and other non-government experts to respond and contribute to this official dialogue, Shaffer explained.

Based on its series of meetings and discussions, the USJFC released Recommendations for the Japan-U.S. Comprehensive Space Dialogues in July 2016. The Mansfield Foundation also published the report in Japanese.

Although their JUSFC grant has concluded, the Space Forum continues moving forward. This year its group met with four of Japan’s most important space entrepreneurs.

“Adding voices like theirs to our dialogue, we continue to foster relationships and ideas that are enriching space policy discourse within each country… » READ MORE

Rep. Mark Takano Joins the Japan-U.S. Friendship Commission

June 5, 2017 – 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Washington, DC June 5, 2017: The Japan-U.S. Friendship Commission (JUSFC) is pleased to announce that Congressman Mark Takano has joined JUSFC as a Commissioner.

The Congressman was elected to the United States House of Representative in 2012. He represents the people of Riverside, Moreno Valley, Jurupa Valley and Perris. Congressman Takano serves as the Vice Ranking Member of the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, and as a member of the Education and the Workforce Committee, and the Science, Space, and Technology Committee. Prior to being elected to Congress, Congressman Takano was a public school teacher for 24 years and served on the Riverside Community College District’s Board of Trustees for two decades.

“We are delighted to have Congressman Takano join the Japan-U.S. Friendship Commission,” said Executive Director Paige Cottingham-Streater. “His deep background in education and his long time commitment to public service will play a vital role in supporting the Commission’s mission to promote cooperation and understanding between the United States and Japan.”

“As two nations guided by democratic principles, the opportunities for the U.S. and Japan to deepen our relationship are abundant and significant.” said Congressman Takano. “Our economic partnership, our security alliance, and our shared values are critical tools for improving the lives of both the American and Japanese people. I am honored to join the Japan-U.S. Friendship Commission and look forward to working with my colleagues to advance its mission.”

The Japan-U.S. Friendship Commission was established as an independent federal government agency by the United States Congress in 1975 (P.L. 94-118)… » READ MORE