The Tokyo Foundation and the Center for Public Service at PSU’s Hatfield School of Government have jointly developed a specialized professional development training program for Japanese municipal government managers. This program is designed to prepare local government managers in Japan for the increased responsibility placed upon them as a result of a major initiative to decentralize governing responsibility in Japan. Since 2004, a talented group of municipal managers from around Japan are appointed by their mayor to partake in this educational experience.
The goal of this program is to provide Japanese mid-career local government managers with an opportunity to explore innovative approaches in problem-solving. The Center for Public Service takes primary responsibility for curriculum design with on-site visits showcasing innovative approaches by local government agencies and nonprofit organizations in Oregon.
During their one-week stay in Portland, Oregon in early August, Japanese municipal government managers attend the professional development program tailored to their interest. Previous guest speakers include: Mayor Sam Adams, City of Portland; Commissioner Amanda Fritz, City of Portland; Honorable Elizabeth Furse, former member of Congress; and many others.
Please contact Yoichi Sato (503-725-8081), International Program Coordinator at the Center for Public Service with any questions.
|Participation in this training program made me realize that decentralization and citizen-initiated governance can never be achieved without changing the midset of municipal officers. We have been too used to being given instruction from national government.
— Harumi Ishikawa, Tsurugashima City, 2009 participant