Activity Report (1995) Part 1 - I. Intellectual Exchange

I. Intellectual Exchange

Asia-Pacific Youth Forum (Japan)

¥ 1,847,200
Young researchers, journalists, NGO activists and other opinion leaders from Asia-Pacific countries were invited to Fukuoka by the Asia Center and the International House of Japan in July-August 1995 to discuss common issues, to promote mutual understanding, and to expand a network that goes beyond differences in language, religion and values. The main theme discussed was "Development and Co-existence: New Agenda and Quest for Common Values for the Asia-Pacific Region in the Post-Cold War Era."

Beyond Culture .... Culture Beyond (Japan)

¥ 13,876,371
Recognizing that popular culture transcends national boundaries in Asia, the Asia Center cooperated with the Osaka International House and the Osaka 21st Century Association to host a symposium on the role of popular culture in promoting mutual understanding and the sharing of common values in the Asian region. The participants included researchers and practitioners of popular culture from various Asian countries. After the symposium, which was held in conjunction with the APEC Summit in Osaka, musicians representing various countries performed in a public concert.

Fellowships for Leaders of the Next Generation (Japan)

¥ 10,349,441
The Asia Center provided fellowships to selected young Japanese researchers in the fields of social science and humanities and to staff of NGOs to enable them to go abroad to learn the culture and society of other Asian countries. Three researchers used the award to go to India, Philippines, and Hong Kong, and one NGO staff person went to Thailand.

Helping Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia as New Members of ASEAN (Japan)

¥ 3,047,774
This meeting was held to discuss issues confronted by Cambodia, Laos, and Vietnam as they become new members of ASEAN and how Japan and current member countries of ASEAN can support them in this process. Participants from both the public and private sectors in Cambodia, Japan, Laos, Philippines, Singapore and Vietnam attended.

International Advisory Panel (Japan)

In March 1996, the Asia Center invited several prominent intellectuals from Australia, China, India, Indonesia, Korea, Thailand, and Vietnam to Tokyo to introduce them to the Center's projects, policies, and plans. This was also an opportunity for the Asia Center to learn from these distinguished visitors about the present state of intellectual and cultural exchange in the Asia region and to solicit suggestions concerning urgent issues and strategies for the Center's grant-making and future project planning.

Japan-Indonesia Friendship: Fifty Years Ago, Fifty Years From Now (Indonesia)

On the occasion of the 50th anniversary of Indonesia's independence, a symposium was jointly organized in Jakarta with the Mainichi Daily, JICA, and the Japan-Indonesia Science and Technology Forum to strengthen the Japan-Indonesia relationship and to discuss a future vision for the Asia-Pacific region in the 21st century. The panelists included researchers and businessmen from Japan, and the Director of the National Development and Planning Office of the Indonesian Department of Education and Culture.

A Message for Mutual Understanding in Asia (Japan)

This international symposium in Tokyo celebrated the opening of the Asia Center in October 1995 and took as its themes current problems facing Asia and the outlook for the region's future. The participants particularly focused on the acceptance and assimilation of modern culture within Asia and the renewed appreciation for and interchange among distinctive traditional Asian cultures. Chaired by Professor Tamotsu Aoki (then of Osaka University), the panelists were Dr. Haryati Soebadio (University of Indonesia), Dr. David Yen-Ho Wu (Chinese University of Hong Kong), Dr. Ashis Nandy (Centre for the Study of Developing Societies, India), Mr. Kazuo Nukazawa (Japan Federation of Economic Organizations), and Dr. Maximo T. Kalaw, Jr. (Haribon Foundation, Philippines).

Southeast Asian Studies Regional Exchange Program (SEASREP)

In an effort to develop Southeast Asian studies by scholars from Southeast Asia, this program, co-funded with the Toyota Foundation, provided support in several forms: fellowships for language training; exchange of professors for short-term visiting lectureships at Southeast Asian universities; master's- and Ph.D.-level fellowships for study and research; and collaborative regional research. Participating are the University of the Philippines, University of Malaya, Thammasat University, University of Indonesia, and Gadjah Mada University.

Support Program for Centers of Asian Studies

Under this program Asia Center support was provided to three leading scholarly centers for the study of Asia in the region, the University of Hong Kong's Center of Asian Studies, the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies in Singapore, and the Indonesian Institute of Sciences' new Program for Southeast Asian Studies

1. University of Hong Kong, Centre of Asian Studies (Hong Kong)
Studies on Structural Changes in China and Their Effects on Other Asian Countries

¥ 14,970,000
This project supported joint research by the Centre and the Institute of Oriental Culture of Tokyo University regarding structural changes in the politics, economy, and culture of China, with a focus on the return of Hong Kong to China in 1997 and the impact of those changes within Asia. The collaborators also aimed to form a network among Asian researchers and established a liaison office at each of the two institutions to that end and to facilitate future research projects.

2. Institute of Southeast Asian Studies (Singapore)
Networking for Success: APEC Development Cooperation for Sustained Regional Economic Growth

¥ 13,630,442
The Institute of Southeast Asian Studies (ISEAS) provided training on economic and social development policy and on the foreign policy of ASEAN to young researchers, administrative officials, journalists, and businessmen from Vietnam, which had newly joined the regional grouping. ISEAS also organized an international symposium inviting researchers from China, Indonesia, Japan, Singapore, and the USA on how to utilize foreign aid for infrastructure development in response to the APEC policy of liberalizing trade and investment in ASEAN by 2020.

3. Indonesian Institute of Sciences, Program for Southeast Asian Studies (Indonesia)
Staff Development

To help the newly established Program for Southeast Asian Studies at the Indonesian Institute of Sciences (LIPI), this program allowed LIPI to send its young researchers to other Asian countries; to hold a workshop on "Cities in Asia"; to invite visiting lecturers from Japan; and to publish a book on Indonesia's struggle for independence.

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