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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

May 27, 2016 – 

The U.S.-Japan Bridging Foundation congratulates President Obama on the historic occasion of his visit to the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park on May 27, 2016.  The 70 dogwood trees that were planted at the Park in November 2015 are a living … » READ MORE

April 26, 2016 – 

babatunjiBabatunji Kayode, a Business Administration major at California State University East Bay, has long been interested in Japan. Thanks to our generous Robert Grondine Memorial Scholarship donors, Babatunji is currently enrolled in a year-long academic program at Toyo University, where … » READ MORE

March 29, 2016 – 

Olivia2For my 2015 Antioch University independent field research project, I chose health, healing, nature and spirituality in Japan. I traveled many miles by train, subway, shinkansen (bullet train), taxi and foot and hopped from small islands to even smaller islands … » READ MORE