We are pleased to announce that the International House of Japan has just established a strategic partnership with the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Foundation (Mansfield Foundation), a 501(c)3 organization that promotes understanding and cooperation in U.S.-Asia relations. The strategic partnership was announced at the Foundation’s 30th Anniversary Symposium which was held at I-House on November 6, 2013. Prior to the symposium, I-House Chairman Akashi Yasushi and Mansfield Foundation President Mr. Charles D. Lake II signed a memorandum of understanding.
I-House and the Mansfield Foundation will jointly develop programs to further strengthen mutual understanding between Japan and the United States, and to expand a network of Japanese and U.S. future leaders. As a part of this partnership, the Mansfield Foundation’s Tokyo office will move to I-House in 2014.
The Maureen and Mike Mansfield Foundation was established in 1983 to honor Ambassador Mike Mansfield (1903–2001), a revered public servant, statesman, and diplomat who played a pivotal role in many of the key domestic and international issues of the 20th century as U.S. congressman from Montana, Senate majority leader, and finally as U.S. ambassador to Japan. Maureen and Mike Mansfield’s values, ideals and vision for U.S.-Asia relations continue through the Foundation’s exchanges, dialogues, research and educational programs, which create networks among U.S. and Asian leaders, explore the underlying issues influencing public policies, and increase awareness about the nations and peoples of Asia.