IVLP Celebrates 80 Years of Cultural Diplomacy

This year marks the 80th anniversary of the International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP), the Department of State’s premier professional exchange initiative for emerging leaders. The short-term visits foster mutual understanding and develop cultural and professional connections.

The program has over 225,000 alumni worldwide, including more than 3,800 Japanese alumni such as Nobel Laureate Kenzaburo Oe; former prime ministers Naoto Kan, Yukio Hatoyama, Toshiki Kaifu, and Morihiro Hosokawa; novelist Haruki Murakami; Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike; and Showa Women’s University Chancellor Mariko Bando.

In recent years, Japanese participants have visited the U.S. on a wide variety of IVLP programs, including Advancing the Culture of Safety and Risk Management, The Digital-Economy-Transformative Technology for the Social Good, and Innovative and Collaborative English Language Teaching Instruction.