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Municipal Officers’ Mid-Career Training Program

Active Years: 2007-2008

This Training program, intended for Japanese municipal government administrators, is being implemented from fiscal 2004 through 2008 in collaboration with Waseda University’s Okuma School of Public Management and Portland State University’s Mark O. Hatfield School of Government. The trainees learn the latest theories and practical knowledge through case studies from Japan and other countries. They also acquire project management and other professional skills that help trainees upon their return to their respective municipalities. The trainees are expected to become senior administrators and vitalize their municipalities.*

This Training program, intended for Japanese municipal government administrators, is being implemented from fiscal 2004 through 2008 in collaboration with Waseda University’s Okuma School of Public Management and Portland State University’s Mark O. Hatfield School of Government. The trainees learn the latest theories and practical knowledge through case studies from Japan and other countries. They also acquire project management and other professional skills that help trainees upon their return to their respective municipalities. The trainees are expected to become senior administrators and vitalize their municipalities.*

As part of the fiscal 2007 program, a series of five open forums on local public administration were implemented. The Foundation invited present and past trainees and the general public, and the Foundation’s researchers and local government administrators as speakers, under the theme “Prescriptions to Vitalize Municipalities.”

Another benefit of the program is the opportunity it offers to trainees for networking with their counterparts in other local governments.

 

* In April 2007 the program produced a book, Project Management Toolkit: A Strategic Framework for New Local Governance, published by Gyosei Corp. This work was co-authored by Professors Masami Nishishiba and Marcus ingle from Portland state university’s Hatfield school of Government, with contributions from Professors Hisao Tsukamoto and Mari Kobayashi of Waseda University’s Okuma school of Public management.