Birth of CGP

Established in April 1991

The idea for the “Center for Global Partnership (CGP)” originated with the late Shintaro Abe, former Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan. Mr. Abe first proposed the creation of CGP in June 1990 while visiting the United States as a special envoy of the Japanese Government. The concept was welcomed by the leaders of both countries. The operation of CGP is financed entirely with the interest from a special 50 billion yen endowment created within the Japan Foundation. The year 2016 marks the 25th anniversary of CGP.

History of CGP

1990

June:Japanese Special Envoy Shintaro Abe announces the idea of establishing CGP
December:Preparatory office established for CGP’s operations

1991

February:Public Symposium “Challenges and Opportunities for a New Era of US-Japan Exchange”
March:Public Symposium “Initiatives for Improving US-Japan Communications”
April:CGP formally established, Minoru Kusuda assumes the first Executive Director
May:CGP’s New York Office opens
First Advisory Committee meeting held in Tokyo
July:Application for CGP grants programs begins
September:Abe Fellowship program begins (Co-organized by Social Science Research Council, SSRC)

1992

May:Open Seminar “Okinawa Reversion: Its Long-Term Significance in US-Japan Relations, Past and Future” (Co-organized by the Japan Institute of International Affairs, JIIA)
July:JALEX program begins. (Co-organized by Laurasian Institution, ~2001)
December:Science Fellowships for U.S. scientists begin. (Co-organized with the National Science Foundation, ~2001)
RIPS Security Studies Fellowship Program (the predecessor of the Japan-U.S. Partnership Program)begins. (Co-organized by the Research Institute for Peace and Security, RIPS)
CGP New York starts the small grant programs

1993

March:The Japan Documentation Center (JDC) of the Library of Congress established opens (~2000)
September:Public Symposium “The End of the Century: The Future in the Past”

1994

September:Tokyo Acquisition Facility (for JDC) opens (~2000)

1995

January:Nagayo Homma assumes Executive Director
July:Abe Fellowship Symposium “50 Years Since the War: An Overview of US-Japan Relations and the Challenges for Policy-Relevant Studies”

1996

November:Yoshihiko Wakumoto assumes Executive Director
December:CGP-SSRC seminar series begins

1997

Program Review starts (~1999)
“New Perspectives: Japan” program begins (Co-organized by Laurasian Institution, ~2002)

2000

NPO Fellowship Program (~2008)
July:New program guidelines created

2001

November:CGP’s 10th Anniversary Symposium “Contemplating the Future of the Japan-US Relationship”
US-Japan Young Political Leaders Exchange Program (Co-organized by the Japan Center for International Exchange)

2002

January:Hideya Taida assumes Executive Director
August:JOI program begins (Co-organized with Laurasian institution)

2003

March:CGP Grantee Publications published
October:Japan Foundation becomes Independent Administrative Institution
November:Roundtable “Redefining Japan and the US-Japan Alliance” in Japan

2004

March:Japanese-American Leadership Delegation (JALD) Symposium starts
Symposium “Redefining Japan and the US-Japan Alliance” in the U. S.
April:US-Japan 150th Anniversary Symposium “US-Japan Relations: Past and Future”
May:Division names are changed (from First Project Operation Division to Intellectual Exchange Division and from Second Project Operation Division to Grassroots Exchange Division)

2005

April:100th Anniversary Project Innovators Projects (Co-organized by the Japan Society, ~2009)
July:Public Symposium “Non-Traditional Security: The Transformation of Cooperation between the United States and Japan”

2006

March:“Japan-U.S. Dialogue for Cooperation in Reconstruction after Hurricane Katrina” Project starts (Open Seminars in Kobe, Tokyo and the U.S.)
Public Symposium “Soft Power and Public Diplomacy” in Boston
October:“Japan-U.S. Dialogue for Cooperation in Reconstruction after Hurricane Katrina” delegation program

2007

April:Sadaaki Numata assumes Executive Director
“U.S. Leaders Network Programs” begins (Co-organized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, ~ 2010)
May:Public Symposium “Fertility Decline and Work-life Balance: Policies and Policy Implications from an International Perspective” (CGP-SSRC series)
September:Delegation Program & Symposium "Stories of Disaster, Lessons for the Future-The Kobe Earthquake Survivors' Stories" in New Orleans
Public Symposium “Global Carbon Reduction: Developing New Strategies and Deploying New Technologies in Japan and the United States”(Co-organized by the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Foundation)

2008

March:Public Symposium on 150 Years History of US-Japan relationship
Support for U.S. Think Tanks starts

2009

April:Intellectual Exchange Division and Grassroots Exchange Division integrated.
July:Masaru Sakato assumes Acting Excursive Director
August:Japan Travel Program for U.S. Future Leaders (~2014)
US-Japan Journalism Fellowship: Japan Travel Program for US Postgraduate Students (2009 and 2010)

2010

January:Support for Kobe-New Orleans Exchange project “The International Forum on Telling Live Lessons from Disasters”
September:U.S.-Japan Public Intellectuals Network Program starts

2011

April:Akio Nomura assumes Excursive Director
June:The Great East Japan Earthquake-related project “Genki Mail” implemented
December:The Great East Japan Earthquake-related project “JET Memorial” (Taylor Anderson Memorial Project) begins (~2016)
Invitation Program for US Experts on Asian Affairs begins (~2014)

2012

February:Abe Fellowship program 20th Anniversary Public Forum “The Environment and Climate Change: Best Practices for Energy Saving and CO2 Reduction within a City-Level Framework”
May:The Great East Japan Earthquake-related youth project “Kizuna” begins (~2012)
June:The Great East Japan Earthquake-related project “JET Memorial” (Montgomery Dickson Memorial Project) begins (~2017)
July:Abe Fellowship program 20th Anniversary Public Symposium “Possible Futures for Japan”
September:Japan Senior Fellow position at the Brookings Institution established
October:The Japan Foundation 40th Anniversary Symposium “Transcending Borders: New Trends in International Cultural Exchange”

2013

April:Eiji Taguchi assumes Acting Excursive Director

2014

May:Junich Chano assumes Excursive Director

2015

April:Social Science Research and Education on Contemporary Japan Program begins.
May:CGP granted to establish USJETAA
U.S-Japan Public Intellectual Networks Program (invitation) starts

2016

October:JOI Program 15th Anniversary Event implemented
November:CGP/Abe Fellowship Program 25th Anniversary Symposium “Emerging Futures in the Changing World”

2017

October:Abe Global Fora (Co-organized by the Asia Society Texas Center in Houston, Co-organized by Stanford University in San Francisco)
November:Abe Global Forum (Co-organized by Columbia University in New York)

2018

February:U.S-Japan Public Intellectual Networks Program (delegation) starts