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3 Fields of Cultural Exchange


Japanese Studies and Intellectual Exchange

In addition to supporting individual scholars in Japanese studies, we organize symposiums and collaborative projects to deepen dialogue among experts in various countries. We also promote the formation of networks connecting diverse people with the aim of solving global issues.

  • Support for Japanese Studies Organizations
    63 institutions in
    25 countries/regions
  • Japanese Studies Fellowships
    174 scholars from
    47 countries/regions
  • Funding for Intellectual Exchange
    142 cases in
    46 countries/regions

Facilitating intellectual exchange among experts
with specific interests in Japan and promoting
mutual understanding between Japan and the world

Globalizing Japanese studies and networking intellectuals addressing common issues beyond borders

FY2016 witnessed some remarkable transnational initiatives for expanding Japanese studies. The Association for Asian Studies (US) organized the AAS-in-ASIA Conference for the first time in Japan. The 5th conference of the Japanese Studies Association in Southeast Asia (JSA-ASEAN) in the Philippines marked its largest ever meeting with participants from not only ASEAN countries but also the US and Japan. Among others, the East Asian Consortium of Japanese Studies, which was established as a preparatory body for organizing the first regional association in East Asia, held its first international conference in South Korea. Despite its rich intellectual heritage and its diverse and profound scholarly knowledge, the quality of which is no doubt on par with knowledge produced in European and North American scholarship, Japanese studies in East Asia had long been hindered by regional circumstances, and thus it was almost impossible to develop such a transnational framework. This conference in Korea will surely be marked as a new dawn of Japanese studies in the East Asian region.

The Japan Foundation organized a Central Asian symposium as part of our effort to further strengthen the relationship between Japan and the Central Asian region through intellectual exchange. Focusing on cultural heritage and cultural resource management in Central Asia, the participants discussed multiple possibilities for future collaboration.

We also invited a group of female professionals from eight countries in the Middle East and North Africa, and provided them with an opportunity to learn strategic policies for female empowerment in Japanese society. They also visited Hiroshima, and renewed their conviction on the importance of peace-building for creating a social backdrop for female empowerment.

Ken'ichi Yanagisawa
Managing Director, Japanese Studies and Intellectual Exchange Department

Enhanced effort for new dialogue and exchange initiatives in commemoration of the 25th anniversary

The year 2016 saw the 25th anniversary of the Center for Global Partnership (CGP), which was established in 1991 with intellectual and grassroots exchange programs as its pillars to overcome the difficult state of Japan-US relations that arose through economic and cultural friction in the late 1980s.

In November, CGP held the 25th anniversary symposium of the "Abe Fellowship Program," a main intellectual exchange program founded in the same year as CGP. In the symposium, Abe Fellows and other esteemed experts discussed future challenges while looking back on the past 25 years of the Japan-US relationship. This was seen as a symbolic event for the intellectual community of the two countries. In the second year of the U.S.-Japan Public Intellectuals Network Program, another intellectual exchange program of CGP, two leaders of diverse ethnic communities in the US were invited to Japan, strengthening new intellectual dialogue between the two countries. Furthermore, in grassroots exchange, the "Japan Outreach Initiative," one of our main programs, reached its 15th year. In its 15 years of operation, 59 coordinators have been dispatched from Japan to various regions of the US, introducing Japanese culture as it is to approximately 950,000 Americans. Based upon these achievements, we will enhance our effort to contribute to the further advancement of mutual understanding between Japan and the US.

Junichi Chano
Executive Director, Center for Global Partnership

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