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Summary of Japanese Studies and Intellectual Exchange Programs

1.Support for Japanese Studies Organizations (see)

(1)Recipients of Grants for Japanese Studies Institutions

73 institutions in 27 countries and regions

①East Asia

China: Fudan University; Liaoning University; Nankai University; Northeastern University; Northeast Normal University; Northwest University; Sichuan International Studies University; Zhejiang Gongshang University
Korea: Center for Japanese Studies, Institute of Japanese Studies, Kookmin University; Institute for Japanese Studies, Seoul National University; Institute of Japanese Studies, Hallym University; Korea University
Taiwan: National Chengchi University

②Southeast Asia

Indonesia: Graduate School of University of Indonesia
Malaysia: University of Malaya
The Philippines: Ateneo de Manila University; Asian Center,University of the Philippines; De La Salle University
Thailand: Chulalongkorn University; Department of Japanese, Faculty of Liberal Arts, Thammasat University; Institute of East Asian Studies, Thammasat University
Vietnam: Department of Japanese Studies, University of Social Sciences and Humanities, Vietnam National University Ho Chi Minh City; Faculty of Literature and Linguistics, University of Social Sciences and Humanities, Vietnam National University Ho Chi Minh City; Vietnam Academy of Social Sciences; Vietnam National University Social Sciences and Humanities University

③South Asia

India: Jawaharlal Nehru University; University of Delhi


Australia: University of Sydney
New Zealand: University of Auckland

⑤North America

The United States:* Arizona State University; Asian Art Museum of San Francisco; Bryn Mawr University; Columbia University; Duke University; Florida International University; Furman University; Inter-University Center for Japanese Language Studies;** Japan Center for Michigan Universities; Kyoto Consortium for Japanese Studies;** Mary Washington University; Michigan State University; Pennsylvania State University; University of California, Berkeley; University of California, Los Angeles; University of California, Santa Barbara; University of Cincinnati; University of Michigan; University of Southern California East Asian Library; University of Southern California; Western Michigan University; Wittenberg University

* Includes four small-scale grants
**American research or educational institutes operating in Japan

⑥Central and South America

Brazil: University of São Paulo
Mexico: El Colegio de México; Mexico Autonomous Institute of Technology

⑦Western Europe

Belgium: Catholic University Leuven; Ghent University
France: Institut d'Études Politiques de Paris (Sciences Po)
Iceland: University of Iceland
Italy: Ca' Foscari University of Venice; University of Milan
Spain: Autonomous University of Barcelona
U.K.: Newcastle University; University of East Anglia; University of Edinburgh; University of London

⑧Eastern Europe

Croatia: University of Zagreb
Romania: University of Bucharest
Russia: Far Eastern Federal University
Uzbekistan: Tashkent State Institute of Oriental Studies

⑨Middle East

Egypt: Ain Shams University
Iran: Faculty of Literature and Foreign Languages, University of Tehran; Faculty of World Studies, University of Teheran
Iraq: University of Baghdad

(2)Beijing Center for Japanese Studies

Support for Beijing Foreign Studies University (Center for Japanese Studies): Sent 13 scholars to teach graduate students majoring in Japanese studies and invited 20 master's program students to Japan for research. Offered fellowships to two doctoral students and funded research projects by teaching staff
Support for Peking University (Center for Modern Japanese Studies): Sent nine scholars as teaching staff and invited 19 graduate students to do research in Japan

2.Japanese Studies Fellowships (see)

(1)Fellowship for scholars/researchers, long-term:

95 people from 30 countries

(2)Fellowship for scholars/researchers, short-term:

29 people from 15 countries

(3)Fellowship for Ph.D. candidates:

114 people from 34 countries

3.Enhancement of Japanese Studies Networking (see)



Japanese studies traveling seminar (Central Asia) and other activities



European Association for Japanese Studies (EAJS); Old Japanese Students' Association, Thailand; the Japan Library Group (UK); and others

4.Intellectual Exchange: Expansion of International Outreach Efforts(see)



  • Public symposium for the 40th anniversary of ASEAN-Japan Friendship and Cooperation: "Asia in Harmony: New Horizons for Cultural Exchange." Featuring cultural people from Japan and Southeast Asia. Co-organized with the Nihon Keizai Shimbun newspaper
  • Japan-India Dialogue
  • Japan-China-Korea Cultural Exchange Forum
  • Japan and China Intellectual Exchange Promotion Project(Invitation of groups)
  • Japan and China Intellectual Exchange Promotion Project(Invitation of individuals)
  • Fiscal 2013 India-Japan Social Entrepreneur Exchange Project
  • Asia Leadership Fellow Program
  • Invitation of Myanmar Intellectuals
  • Peace Building through Culture in Sri Lanka
  • Invitation Program for Young Muslim Intellectuals in Southeast Asia
  • "Musubi-juku" in Chile, a linking workshop on disaster recovery
  • International Symposium: "Turning a Low Birth Rate and Graying Population into an Advantage—Japan and Germany's Policies for a New Society and Labor Market—"
    This symposium was held consecutively in Tokyo and Berlin
  • Japan-Germany Symposium: "Social Change in Japan and Germany" (Publication support)
  • 2013 Intellectual Exchange Program between Japan and Europe in Alsace: Japanese Study Seminar — Postwar (Sen-go)
  • Japan-Germany Symposium: "Cultural Communication — New Communication Tools and the Future of International Relations"
  • Symposium: Korea, Europe, Japan International Symposium on Interculturalism "2013 Ansan Summit"
    This symposium was held in Ansan, Korea with the theme of Tabunka-Kyosei or "Intercultural cities." Local government leaders, government officers, and researchers from Japan, Korea, and Europe participated
  • Public Seminar: "Developing Communities and People While Embracing Diversity"
  • Fellowship Invitation of Middle Eastern and Northern African Groups
  • International Symposium: "North Africa and Japan in the 21st Century: Creating a Society of Peace and Coexistence through International Cultural Exchange"



5.Intellectual Exchange: Human Resource Development (see)

(1)Fellowship for Intellectual Exchange:


(2)Grants for International Exchange by Youth and Community Leaders:


6.Intellectual and Grassroots Exchanges with the United States (see)

(1) The "JET Memorial Project"

Program promoting Japan-U.S. exchanges with the alma mater universities of the two American JET participants who lost their lives in the Great East Japan Earthquake

(2) Support for U.S. Think Tanks

A Japan-related policy research position at Brookings Institution

(3) US-Japan Young Political Leaders Exchange Program

American and Japanese nonpartisan politicians, policy staff, and party staff are invited for networking with leaders in various fields

(4) Japan-U.S. Partnership Program (RIPS)

Research scholarship program to nurture experts who will take leadership roles in maintaining and developing cooperative ties between Japan and the U.S.

(5) USJC Japan Symposium 2013

Facilitates wide-ranging networking through dialogue among private citizens and business people from Japan and the U.S.

(6) Abe Fellowship Program

12 scholars and 4 journalists
Fellowships are granted to scholars who study urgent global policy issues, and to investigative journalists whose coverage promotes mutual understanding between Japan and the U.S.

(7) Japan Outreach Initiative (JOI)

8 coordinators in service (5 new, 3 continuing)
Exchange activities coordinators are sent from Japan to universities and US-Japan Societies in the Southern and Midwestern United States to promote better understanding of Japan by introducing Japanese culture



(9)CGP New York small-scale grant:


(10)CGP New York grants for Japan-America Societies:


7.The U.S.-Japan Conference on Cultural and Educational Interchange (CULCON)

In 2012, an education task force was formed and a declaration to double the number of student exchanges between Japan and the United States by 2020 was submitted to both countries. The task force continues to pursue this goal
The Arts Dialogue Committee held the 4th meeting in Naruto, Tokushima Prefecture and a public forum: "Japan-U.S. Art Forum —Future of the Museum—"

8.Youth Exchanges with the U.S. (see)

KAKEHASHI Project —The Bridge for Tomorrow, U.S.— based youth exchange program commissioned by the Japan-U.S. Educational Commission (Fulbright Japan)

(1) Short-term stay in Japan

①Junior high, high school, and university students

Ten-day stay for 686 (30 groups) American school students and 225 (9 groups) university students

②Young intellectuals

Ten-day stay for 98 (10 groups) young researchers from American think tanks, etc

(2) Short-term stay in U.S.

①Junior high, high school, and university students

Ten-day stay for 726 (29 groups) junior high and high school students from all over Japan and 236 (10 groups) university students

②Student creators

Ten-day stay for 61 (3 groups) art-major university students who major in arts