Kakehashi Project promotes mutual understanding among Japanese and US students

From March 1 to 7, researchers and graduate students from five universities in Tokyo visited Washington DC as part of the Kakehashi Project. Doctoral student Rui Asano was dispatched from Waseda’s TGU Center for Positive/Empirical Analyses of Political Economy.

This project is conducted by Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, whose activities include supporting public diplomacy, and aims to promote understanding for and interest towards Japan worldwide. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe proposed to accelerate the exchange of people during his speech at Columbia University in 2014. Since then, exchange programs have been conducted with the Asia-Pacific, Europe, Latin America, and North America, out of which activities with North America have been referred to as Kakehashi.