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  • While some topics will be specifically geared toward our current Bridging Scholars, the overall topic of using time in Japan to prepare for a career is more universal to all who are studying or have studied in Japan.

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    Making the Most of Your Japan Experience: Laying the Foundation for Your Career

  • Thank you to our donors and supporters for their contribution in helping 80 students from across the United States, fulfill their dreams.

    This is the 20th anniversary since the first class of Bridging Scholars.


    Click this link to see where the Bridging Scholars are studying this fall.


    Congratulations to our Fall 2019 Scholars

  • 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.

    Tips and Pics from Bridging Scholars Slider

  • Investing in the next generation of global leaders, the Bridging Foundation creates opportunities for Americans and Japanese to learn from each other.

    Investment in Future Leaders

  • Corporate partners play a vital role in helping to advance global competency and increase U.S. competitiveness. Bloomberg News Japan hosts a Bridging Scholars event at their Tokyo Office.

    Bridging Scholar Event

  • The TeamUp campaign brokers institutional partnerships between American and Japanese colleges and universities and paves the way to increase student mobility.

    Institutional Partnerships – Teamup

  • Public-private partnerships, such as the Friendship Blossoms Initiative, strengthen the U.S.-Japan alliance. The Bridging Foundation planted more than 3,000 American dogwood trees in the Tohoku region and throughout Japan in 2012-2015.

    Friendship Blossoms Initiative

  • Bridging Scholar alumni gain skills that enhance employment, innovation, and diplomacy between the U.S. and Japan. Chris recently launched his product in Japan with SoftBank saying, "I was able to present in Japanese so big thank you to Bridging Foundation!".

    Bridging Scholar Alumni

News / Blog

Friday, July 17, 2020

COVID-19 Update on Bridging Scholars Program

We are in a difficult time with pandemic-related health and economic pain and disruption.  Now, more than ever, together with you, our work is important to creating opportunities for listening, learning, and developing trusting friendships across cultural, racial, economic, and … » READ MORE

Tuesday, July 7, 2020

U.S.-Japan Bridging Foundation Statement on Racial Justice

We Stand for Racial Justice.

Dear Bridging Foundation Community,

Tragic events over the past several weeks bring into sharp focus the undeniable systemic racism and racial injustice that exists in our places of work and study, in our communities and … » READ MORE

Thursday, April 9, 2020

Bridging Foundation Mourns the Loss of Irene Hirano Inouye

The U.S.-Japan Bridging Foundation mourns the loss of Irene Hirano Inouye, who passed away recently after a long illness.  Irene’s distinguished career and tireless efforts building and leading organizations supporting the arts, human rights and U.S.-Japan relations are extraordinary. Within … » READ MORE

Site updated on July 17, 2020