News / Blog

November 15, 2017 – 

Temple University Japan (TUJ) hosted 35 current Bridging Scholars, alumni, supporters from TUJ and the U.S.-Japan Council TOMODACHI Initiative, and USJBF staff on November 9, 2017.  Bridging Scholars enjoyed the opportunity to network–receiving mentoring from alumni, supporters, and staff– while … » READ MORE

August 29, 2017 – 

Thanks to you, our donors and supporters, the 2016-2017 academic year Bridging Scholars have returned from a wonderful, challenging, exciting, nerve-wracking, and absolutely unforgettable year of study abroad in Japan.  They gained Japanese language and culture fluency, personal and professional … » READ MORE

August 25, 2017 – 

Thanks to you, donors and supporters, we are excited to announce that 89 U.S. college students will begin their studies in Japan in September.  They will immerse themselves in Japanese language and culture, and academic classes while gaining global leadership … » READ MORE

March 8, 2017 – 

Allow me to first thank the organization for the $4000 Bridging Scholarship stipend I received. It was a great help to me when I studied abroad at Tohoku University in Sendai, Japan from September 2015 to August 2016. I took … » READ MORE

December 20, 2016 – 

When I talk to people about my study abroad experience, one of the most common questions I’m asked is, “what was it like?” It’s such a seemingly simple and straightforward question, and yet it’s one of the hardest questions to … » READ MORE

November 15, 2016 – 


Since the first class of 1999, the Bridging Foundation has assisted 1,723 Bridging Scholars to study in Japan. We enjoyed hearing from many of these alumni, who responded to our recent survey.  Bridging Scholar alumni reported that 78% of them … » READ MORE

September 28, 2016 – 

A-grill-500x333Photo courtesy Jordan MadridFood and friends and study abroad in Japan. Interested?  We encourage you to apply for a Bridging Scholarship by October 10, to receive financial assistance to study in Japan spring semester 2017.  U.S. undergraduate students from community colleges, public and … » READ MORE

August 29, 2016 – 

U.S.-Japan Bridging Foundation Board Member Susan Pharr, the Edwin O. Reischauer Professor of Japanese Politics, Department of Government at Harvard University, is to receive the Japan Foundation Award for 2016, which recognizes individuals who through their artistic contribution or scholarship, … » READ MORE

July 21, 2016 – 

Thank you, Ambassador Caroline Kennedy

(pictured with Bridging Foundation Chairman Thierry Porté and Bridging Scholars during the Bridging Foundation reception at the Ambassador’s residence on January 26, 2016)

Fall 2016 Bridging Scholarship Application Deadline Approaching!

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June 21, 2016 – 

We are pleased that the Friendship Blossoms-Dogwood Tree Initiative was successfully completed in December 2015. The Bridging Foundation is honored to have partnered with the U.S. Department of State, corporate sponsors, and other organizations in this public-private partnership.


In 1912, … » READ MORE