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3 Fields of Cultural Exchanges

Dialogue[Japanese Studies and Intellectual Exchange]
Promoting Intellectual Exchange

We hold international conferences and symposiums, dispatch personnel overseas and invite people to Japan in order to provide opportunities for researchers to engage in dialogue regarding topics and issues that are of interest to both Japan and other countries around the world to facilitate deeper person-to-person intellectual exchange. We are aiming to make an intellectual contribution to global development and stability through promoting enhanced international understanding and fostering the kind of personnel that will be crucial to next-generation intellectual exchange.

The Japan Foundation Summer Institute 2015

17 professors and 32 young researchers in the various fields of humanities and social sciences from the U.S., 6 Southeast Asian countries and Japan spent a week together at the "Summer Institute 2015," held in Shiga Prefecture. New networks were built through lectures, panel discussions, site visits, and a cultural excursion to Hieizan Enryaku-ji temple.

Group photo taken at [participants   Photo: Akio Takahashi]
Group photo of participants Photo: Akio Takahashi

Photo of [The Japan Foundation Summer Institute 2015](July 25 - 31, 2015)Photo: Akio Takahashi
The Japan Foundation Summer Institute 2015
(July 25 - 31, 2015)
Photo: Akio Takahashi

Inviting Chinese intellectuals to Japan

We invite intellectuals who, while being highly influential in the media, have little contact with Japan, to stay in Japan for several months. Since the launch of the project in fiscal 2008, 124 intellectuals in total have stayed in Japan.

A talk session with Jiang Fangzhou and Masaaki Nishiki

A talk session featuring acclaimed young author Jiang Fangzhou and non-fiction writer Masaaki Nishiki was hosted. It was well-received.

Photo of [Talk event featuring Jiang Fangzhou (China) and Masaaki Nishiki (Japan) (March 8, 2016)]
Talk event featuring Jiang Fangzhou (China) and Masaaki Nishiki (Japan) (March 8, 2016)

The Japan-Germany Symposium

The Japan Foundation, the Japanese-German Center Berlin, and the Science Council of Japan co-hosted the symposium “Diversity for Academic Excellence: Creating Opportunities for Female and Young Scholars.” Thought-provoking debates were held on the common issue between the 2 countries of promoting the presence of female and young scholars within academic circles.

Photo of [The Japan-Germany Symposium held in the auditorium of the Science Council of Japan (September 4, 2015)]
The Japan-Germany Symposium held in the auditorium of the Science Council of Japan (September 4, 2015)

Southeast Asia Inviting a group of young intellectuals to Japan

We invited 11 young intellectuals and graduate students from Southeast Asia to visit Japan in a group from December 9 to 18, 2015. The group visited Tokyo and the Noto Peninsula to engage in intellectual exchange in line with the theme of regional revitalization and the creation of new value.

Photo of [Singaporean architect Tan Szue Hann, a member of the group invited to Japan]
Singaporean architect Tan Szue Hann, a member of the group invited to Japan