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3 Fields of Cultural Exchanges

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Dialogue[Japanese Studies and Intellectual Exchange]

Looking back on FY 2015
We worked to facilitate deeper understanding of Japan and engaged in intellectual exchange with experts with specific interests in Japan

We held seminars attended by experts from a variety of countries to provide opportunities to create new perspectives for Japanese studies

In fiscal 2015, we held the "The Japan Foundation Summer Institute 2015," a training seminar for scholars and graduate students from the United States of America and 6 Southeast Asian countries. New perspectives for Japanese studies arose from the networking among scholars with different views and expertise. We also invited the highly-influential Chinese author Jiang Fangzhou and held a public lecture. Her visit became a topic of discussion on Chinese social media, and the activities of intellectual exchange between Japan and China were widely reported on. The Beijing Center for Japanese Studies, a long-time joint project between Japan and China, marked its 30th anniversary, and an agreement was signed by the Japan Foundation and the Beijing Foreign Studies University to ensure the Center continues to engage in further activities.

In fiscal 2016, we will continue to support Japanese studies around the world. We would also like to strengthen the follow-up support we provide to invited fellows and experts to enhance their activities after returning home from Japan. Although these activities are long-term and only incremental in nature, we will be working to increase the visibility of the developments and changes that are attributable to our projects.
(Kenichi Yanagisawa, Managing Director, Japanese Studies and Intellectual Exchange Department)

Fostering young scholars and expanding the personal networks that form the basis for intellectual exchange between the U.S. and Japan

70 years have now passed since the end of World War II, and the core group of people at the forefront of upholding Japan-U.S. relations is now beginning to see a generational change. The Center for Global Partnership is now focusing particular effort on fostering young scholars who are interested in Japan and on engaging in intellectual exchange with the diverse communities in the U.S. that we have not sufficiently engaged with up till now.

We are involved in a number of training programs including the Abe Fellowship, the U.S.-Japan Network for the Future, and the RIPS Japan-U.S. Partnership Program, and many of the researchers and businesspeople who received training through these programs are now active on the frontlines of Japan-U.S. intellectual exchange. In addition, with the creation of new networks in mind, we invited to Japan a leader from the American Jewish Committee, a female leader who served as Deputy Mayor of Washington D.C., and others.

To mark its 25th anniversary, in late 2016, the Center for Global Partnership will be hosting an international symposium focused on Abe Fellows.
(Junichi Chano, Executive Director, Center for Global Partnership)