[Asia Pacific Young Leaders Program (APYLP)]
Kick-off Forum: Foremost Community of Young Leaders Shaping the Future of Asia Pacific

  • ※This program has finished.
  • Date: Saturday, March 31, 2018, 2:00–6:30 pm (door opens at 1:30 pm)
  • Venue: Iwasaki Koyata Memorial Hall, International House of Japan
  • Organizer: International House of Japan
  • Supported by United States-Japan Foundation, MRA Foundation, and Japan Foundation Asia Center
  • In Cooperation with Asia Society, Maureen & Mike Mansfield Foundation, Shahani Associates, Bai Xian Asia Institute and Atsumi International Foundation
  • Language: English (with simultaneous interpretation between English and Japanese)
  • Admission: Free (By invitation only/reservations required)  

The Asia Pacific Young Leaders Program (APYLP) is a community of young leaders from the Asia Pacific who will be shaping peace and prosperity for the region in the coming decades. The community was inspired by the work of John D. Rockefeller III who played an important role in founding various institutions in the 1950s and 1960s to foster understanding within the Asia Pacific—such as the International House of Japan, Asia Society, India International Centre, Asian Cultural Council, and the Ramon Magsaysay Award Foundation. The program connects participants of young leaders programs in the region, provides continued leadership education, fosters intra-regional initiatives, and provides a home in Japan for the young leaders to gather.

This kick-off forum will revisit the visionary work that John D. Rockefeller III undertook in the post-World War II era to strengthen ties across the US, Japan, and other Asian countries. Representatives from institutions that John D. Rockefeller III helped establish or headed, as well as other institutions in the Asia Pacific that share a similar mission, will be invited to discuss the historical lessons from those efforts and their relevance to the present-day world. They will also discuss how we should build similar efforts with young leaders over the next ten to twenty years.


Opening Remarks (2:00-2:15 pm)
Yasushi Akashi (Chairman, International House of Japan [I-House])
Yoshimasa Hayashi (Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology)

Overview (2:15-2:25 pm)
James Kondo (Trustee, I-House)

Commemorative Speech “Learning from the Past” (2:25-2:40 pm)
Charles Rockefeller (Trustee, Asia Society)

Panel Discussion I “Implications for the Present” (2:40-4:00 pm)
Josette Sheeran (President and CEO, Asia Society)
Cynthia Bautista (Trustee, Ramon Magsaysay Award Foundation)
Frank Jannuzi (President & CEO, Maureen & Mike Mansfield Foundation)
Ronna Chao, CEO (Bai Xian Asia Institute)
Yasushi Watanabe (Trustee, I-House)
Moderator: Aiko Doden (Special Affairs Commentator, Japan Broadcasting Corporation [NHK])

Break (4:00-4:15 pm)

Panel Discussion II “Looking into the Future” (4:15-5:25 pm)
Guest Speaker: Lin Kobayashi (Chair of the Board, UWC ISAK Japan)
Wonjae Lee (Asia Leadership Fellow Program [I-House/Japan Foundation])
Hideo Ohashi (Nitobe Leadership Program [I-House], US-Japan Leadership Program [US-Japan Foundation])
Amy Jackson (Mike Mansfield Fellowship [Maureen & Mike Mansfield Foundation])

Closing (5:25-5:30 pm)
James Kondo (Trustee, I-House)

Informal Gathering (5:30-6:30 pm)