In 2018, Sasakawa USA will partner with the International Center for Journalists (ICFJ) to select eight American journalists to participate in the 6th iteration of the SEED program as a group. ICFJ is a non-profit institution working to empower journalists to deliver trustworthy news that is essential for vibrant societies by helping build the expertise and storytelling skills of reporters worldwide.
Sasakawa USA partners with ICFJ in recognition of the importance of the role of the media in facilitating understanding between the people of the United States and Japan, and to promote unbiased and accurate reporting by American journalists on developments in Japan.
In particular, this version of the SEED program will be organized around the theme of “Modernization of Japan’s defense strategy and implications for the United States and the Asia-Pacific region.” The goal is to facilitate better understanding of Japan’s security and defense policies among the participants as Japan makes efforts to modernize its defense strategy and capabilities.
The program will be designed to expose the journalists to a variety of perspectives on this theme, and improve their understanding of Japan’s unique historical, socio-economic, and political constraints; the actual changes taking place; and implications of those changes for the U.S.-Japan alliance and regional security. Participants will also exchange views with Japanese interlocutors on the regional and global security environment as well as the domestic challenges facing the United States and Japan.
This year, participants will be selected through a competitive application process. For more information on how to apply, visit ICFJ’s website. The deadline for applications is July 30, 2018. As with previous SEED programs, participants will have the opportunity to partake in:
• Pre-trip briefings on Japan and U.S.-Japan relations;
• A week-long trip to Japan (to be scheduled end of November/ early December 2018);
• Meetings with Japanese experts and practitioners from government ministries and agencies, businesses, academia, think tanks, and media;
• Select activities to experience Japanese culture and society; and
• Post-trip networking, publication, and presentation activities.