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Japanese Studies and Intellectual Exchange

Intellectual and Grassroots Exchanges with the United States

Center for Global Partnership Programs

The Center for Global Partnership (CGP) was established in 1991 in Tokyo and New York for Japan and the United States to share ideas and cooperate with the world on important global issues of mutual concern.

CGP has the following two missions:

  • To promote collaboration between Japan and the U.S. with the goal of fulfilling shared global responsibilities and contributing to improvements in the world's welfare.
  • To enhance dialogue and interchange between Japanese and U.S. citizens on a wide range of issues, thereby improving bilateral relations.

Japan and the U.S. both have major roles in international politics and the economy. CGP implements and supports programs that seek cooperation and partnerships for solving global issues. It also supports activities strengthening the foundation of Japan-U.S. relations especially those nurturing the younger generation in various fields and for networking.

Inviting Asia Specialists from the United States

After the Japan-U.S. summit meeting in 2010, the Action Plan for Deepening the U.S.-Japan Alliance was announced. One of the plans was the Asia Specialist Invitation Program implemented by CGP from 2011. This program was for researchers specializing in Asia (except Japan) at American universities and think tanks.

The program was held for the third time in fiscal 2013 when six Asia specialists from the U.S. came to Japan. The six received briefings in Tokyo from government agencies and public institutions about the Japanese government's policies for Asia and the Asia situation for Japan. This was followed by a meeting with Japanese journalists to exchange opinions, a talk session with Japanese graduate students specializing in Asia, and a visit to a Japanese NPO assisting refugees. They thereby increased their understanding of Japanese politics, policies, and social conditions.

This program gives Asia specialists from the U.S. a chance to include Japan in their field of interest and examination of the issues. They can also meet and network with Japanese government people and other researchers.

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Wrap-up session.

Japan Travel Program for U.S. Future Leaders

This program invites to Japan outstanding graduate students majoring in international relations at American universities. Jointly organized by the Association of Professional Schools of International Affairs (APSIA), the program seeks to nurture Japan specialists important for deepening and developing Japan-U.S. relations in the future. In fiscal 2013, 15 students selected from APSIA member schools in the U.S. came to Japan.

In Tokyo, the students attended lectures by specialists on the history of Japan-U.S. relations, national security, and energy policies. Then they visited the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, U.S. Embassy Tokyo, National Defense Academy of Japan, and Yokosuka Naval Base. They also met and talked with young members and managers of an NPO and local graduate students.

On another day, they broke up into four groups for individual research: International development, Energy and environment, National security, and Political economy. Each group visited specialists in the respective field and did research.

In Tohoku, they saw how Iwanuma, Iwate Prefecture was recovering. They also visited Sendai Airport and the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force Camp Sendai where they heard a lecture on the Great East Japan Earthquake damage and Operation Tomodachi.

In Hiroshima, the students visited the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, the Atomic Bomb Dome, and Peace Memorial Park. They also heard stories from an atomic bombing survivor.

On their last day in Japan, they held a wrap-up session. This most meaningful program enabled the students to use their expertise and gain first-hand experience to deepen their understanding of Japan.

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Students visiting Miyajima, Hiroshima Prefecture.

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Talking with Waseda University graduate students.

Japanese-American Leadership Delegation Program

The Japanese-American Leadership Delegation Program (JALD) was started in 2000 by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to promote mutual understanding and exchange between Japanese Americans and Japan.

Since 2003, CGP, together with the U.S.-Japan Council, has held symposiums in Japan with visiting Japanese Americans serving as panelists.

The public seminar held in fiscal 2013 in Fukuoka had the themes of "Regional economic development" and "Leadership." It was supported by the U.S. Consulate in Fukuoka and the Japan- America Society of Fukuoka.

The panelists were Carrie Okinaga, Senior Vice President, General Counsel at First Hawaiian Bank; Keiko Orrall, State Representative, House of Representatives, State of Massachusetts; and Brad Miyake, Acting City Manager of the City of Bellevue, Washington.

Ms. Okinaga talked about her roots in Fukuoka and Hawaii's economy. Ms. Orrall discussed Japanese Americans in politics, her election activities, and political career. And Mr. Miyake gave examples of how a city can be revitalized and introduced some of Bellevue's attractions.

The seminar concluded with a lively Q&A session with the audience who were from and outside Fukuoka Prefecture.

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JOI Program

The Japan Outreach Initiative (JOI) Program aims to promote interest in Japan and a better understanding of Japan on a grassroots level in the Southern and Midwestern U.S. where they have relatively little exposure to Japan.

The program started in 2002, co-sponsored by the Laurasian Institution, an NPO in the U.S. For the 12th program cycle in fiscal 2013, five new coordinators were sent and three coordinators on the 11th program cycle are in their second year.

The Japanese coordinators are hosted by universities, Japan-America societies, and other organizations conducting local exchange activities. They visit local schools, libraries, community centers, etc., and introduce Japan's everyday life, traditional arts, language, and culture.

Haruko Yuda, on the 11th program cycle, received the Jane J. Baskerville Community Award, the highest recognition for foreign language education in Chesterfield County, Virginia. They praised her rich knowledge of Japanese culture and her enthusiasm for introducing Japan even to the peripheral areas of her base.

Tenth cycle alumnus Takatoshi Tsuruta applied for JOI after his nearly 40-year career in financial industry. He reached out to about 67,000 people in two years by the Japan festivals of his own planning and the school visits. His contribution would be a model for seniors after retirement.

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Calligraphy workshop.

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Flower arrangement workshop.