This year marks the 30th anniversary of the establishment of the Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership (CGP). With the aims of contributing to improvements in global welfare though collaboration between Japan and the United States and strengthening bilateral relations, CGP has worked to foster cooperation and deepen mutual understanding between the two countries through dialogue and interchange between Japanese and U.S. citizens on a wide range of issues.
While U.S.-Japan relations are stronger than they have ever been, with growing dialogue and cooperation in diverse spheres over the past 30 years, the world as a whole faces a number of challenges, including conflict outbreaks, widening societal divisions, and deepening environmental issues and natural disasters due to climate change. In addition to highlighting the critical importance of public health systems, COVID-19 has revealed stark societal inequities.
With an eye on these changes and shifts in the world, CGP has reviewed its programming strategy and set three thematic areas with the aim of promoting collaboration between Japan and the United States, two countries that have shared responsibilities in meeting global challenges in a post-COVID-19 world.
Building a resilient society
Efforts to meet global threats such as natural disasters, pandemics, and environmental pollution
Examples: Disaster prevention, Post-disaster reconstruction, Pandemic and infectious disease control, Public health, Economic recovery, Environmental issues, Community development, etc.
Developing an inclusive society
Efforts to develop a more prosperous and vibrant society; efforts to overcome societal divisions
Examples: Revitalization of local communities, Urban issues, Low birthrate and aging population, Women’s empowerment, Access for individuals, children, and families, Mental health, Art’s impact on social issues, etc.
Creating a society enriched by science and technology
Efforts to better understand and meet cultural and social needs resulting from advances in science and technology
Examples: Artificial Intelligence (AI), Robotics, Bioethics, Non-traditional Media, New communication methods, Effects of technology on work and life, Education, etc.
These three themes require input and collaboration from experts in a wide range of professional fields and CGP welcomes collaborations between academics and practitioners in public and private sectors beyond our traditional categories of “Grassroots Exchange and Education” and “Intellectual Exchange”). Diversity among participants from race, ethnicity, gender, and geographical standpoints (participation from countries other than Japan and the United States, and participation outside of major Japanese and U.S. metropolitan areas) will be an important priority. CGP will be launching a new grant program based on these themes and priorities, the Japan-U.S. Global Partnership Program, in the near future.
Through this new grant program as well as other activities, CGP aims to support the individuals who can help resolve global issues through the spectrum of U.S.-Japan collaboration.