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3 Fields of Cultural Exchanges

Dialogue[Japanese Studies and Intellectual Exchange]
Center for Global Partnership Programs (CGP)

The Center for Global Partnership (CGP) was established in 1991 based on the idea that solving the major issues facing the world requires cooperation between Japan and the U.S. The center promotes dialogue and exchange between all facets of Japanese and U.S. society in order to create an unshakeable partnership based on mutual understanding and joint Japan-U.S. contribution to the global community.

The U.S.-Japan Network for the Future

CGP provides support to the U.S.-Japan Network for the Future, a training program for young Japan specialists sponsored by the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Foundation in the U.S. We are aiming to strengthen the relationships between participating Japan specialists and provide them with opportunities to engage in dialogue and debate with relevant people in Japan. On the occasion of Prime Minister Abe's visit to the U.S. in April 2015, past participants in the program attended related seminars to deepen their understanding of the Japan-U.S. relationship.

Group photo taken at [Program participants meeting with Japanese and U.S. lawmakers (Washington D.C.)]
Program participants meeting with Japanese and U.S. lawmakers (Washington D.C.)

U.S.-Japan Public Intellectuals Network Program

CGP invites intellectual leaders from diverse communities in the U.S. to promote the networking of intellectuals in both countries since fiscal 2015. The invited leaders engage in dialogues with Japanese researchers, policy practitioners, and leaders of civil society, and hold public lectures. The first participant was David Harris, Executive Director of the American Jewish Committee, and the second was Beatriz Otero, former Deputy Mayor for Health and Human Services for Washington D.C. Government.

Photo of [David Harris at the public lecture in Tokyo]
David Harris at the public lecture in Tokyo
Photo: Hiroshi Usami

Abe Fellowship

The Abe Fellowship program is a scholarship program operated jointly by CGP and the Social Science Research Council of the U.S. Its aim is the enhancement of investigative research relating to policy issues between Japan and the U.S. 391 people have received fellowships so far. Robert Boynton, recipient of a 2009 Abe Fellowship for Journalists, spent several years gathering information in Japan and South Korea to write the first English-language book to fully explain the issue of past abductions of Japanese citizens by North Korea.

Cover of [Robert Boynton's publication, The Invitation-Only Zone]
Robert Boynton's publication, The Invitation-Only Zone

Supporting think-tanks

CGP supports Japan-related policy research posts at important U.S. think-tanks to bolster Japan-U.S. intellectual exchange and foster the next generation of scholars interested in Japan and the U.S. Mireya Solís of the Brookings Institution and James Schoff of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace communicate vigorously, holding Japan-related seminars, contributing articles to and engaging in interviews with media in Japan, the U.S., and other countries.

Photo of [James Schoff, Senior Associate, Asia Program Carnegie Endowment for International Peace]
James Schoff, Senior Associate, Asia Program
Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

Japan Outreach Initiative (JOI) Program

In collaboration with Laurasian Institution, a U.S. non-profit organization, CGP dispatches Japanese culture outreach coordinators to the Southern and Midwest regions of the U.S. to engage in grassroots exchange with local communities for a two-year period. In fiscal 2015, 4 coordinators of the 14th cycle joined 10 other coordinators already serving in the U.S. to make a total of 14 engaging in a wide range of activities introducing Japanese culture at educational institutions, libraries, community centers, etc.

Photo of [Saya Kaneda, JOI coordinator of the 13th cycle, teaching children how to make sushi]
Saya Kaneda, JOI coordinator of the 13th cycle, teaching children how to make sushi

Photo of [Taiki Sawabe, JOI coordinator of the 14th cycle, teaching origami to elementary school children]
Taiki Sawabe, JOI coordinator of the 14th cycle, teaching origami to elementary school children

JET Program-related projects

JET Program participants Taylor Anderson and Montgomery Dickson from the U.S. lost their lives in the Great East Japan Earthquake Disaster. In their memory, CGP has implemented 5-year Japan-U.S. cultural exchange projects at the universities from which they graduated. CGP also supported the establishment of a U.S.-wide organization to consolidate the network of JET alumni association branches.

Photo of [Fraser Mayberry of Randolph-Macon College]
Fraser Mayberry of Randolph-Macon College
Photos provided by Randolph-Macon College

Photo of [Elementary school students holding bookmarks handmade by students of Randolph-Macon College]
Elementary school students holding bookmarks handmade by students of Randolph-Macon College
Photos provided by Randolph-Macon College

Photo of [JET alumni networking meeting in Tokyo]
JET alumni networking meeting in Tokyo

RIPS Japan-U.S. Partnership Program

CGP provides support to the programs implemented by the Research Institute for Peace and Security (RIPS) in order to foster personnel to deal with security, one of the most crucial issues in Japan-U.S. relations. The programs have so far produced a large number of researchers active at the forefront of the field of security. In fiscal 2015, Wataru Yamaguchi, a participant of the 17th program won a prize from the Japan Association for International Security for best newcomer's research thesis of fiscal 2015.

Photo of [Wataru Yamaguchi making a speech after winning a prize from the Japan Association for International Security]
Wataru Yamaguchi making a speech after winning a prize from the Japan Association for International Security
©Research Institute for Peace and Security

Japanese American Leadership Symposium

CGP holds symposiums with talks given by Japanese-American leaders with the aim of strengthening the long-term relation between Japan and the U.S. and promoting mutual understanding between Japanese-American society and Japan.

Photo of [A symposium held in Kobe (March 7, 2015)]
A symposium held in Kobe (March 7, 2015)

Japanese Studies and Intellectual Exchange
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