In 1979, Joji Konoshima and Esther G. Kee founded the US-Asia Institute with the goal of enhancing relations between the United States and the countries of Asia. Though Mr. Konoshima passed away in September 2003, his legacy continues through the Joji Konoshima Memorial Fund. This fund was established by the Konoshima family at Mr. Konoshima’s request in order to carry on his work and legacy of service. The first program funded through this initiative was the Joji Konoshima Distinguished Scholar program. This program allows a select distinguished American or Asian leader from business, academia or government to study an issue of concern or interest to the U.S.-Asia relationship as designated by the US-Asia Institute and the Joji Konoshima Memorial Fund Trustees. The scholar will travel to the country of interest and spend up to two months researching, observing organizations in action, and meeting with key individuals who can offer unique perspectives on the topic area. A white paper on the subject matter will be written by the scholar and published by the US-Asia Institute. The Memorial Fund will pay all international travel, domestic travel, housing, meal, local transportation, and associated administrative fees (copying, editing, etc.) for the scholar throughout the duration of this project. The resulting white paper will become the intellectual property of USAI; however, the scholar reserves the right to write related articles and publications using the research materials gained through this program. Past recipients of the Joji Konoshimai Distinguished Scholar Award are Dr. Yang Jiemian (2004) and Dr. Yasuhiro Matsuda (2006).