Masaya Shimoyama

Director, The Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership, New York

Dear Friends of Japan Foundation and Center for Global Partnership, New York

We are starting to see some cherry trees blossoming in Central Park; spring is on its way to New York City!

Today we have an important announcement to share about the reorganization of The Japan Foundation.

As you know, the Center for Global Partnership (CGP) was created in 1991 as Japan-U.S. relations were going through a difficult phase. CGP’s aim always has been to help resolve issues through joint dialogue, exchange, and collaboration between Japanese and U.S. experts in various fields as well as citizens at the grassroots level.

In reflecting on these 30 years, we are pleased that the friendship and teamwork between our two countries and peoples has grown, and the U.S.-Japan alliance is stronger than ever. At the same time, however, there are many new complex challenges facing the international community such as environmental issues, natural disasters, wars, regional conflicts, societal divisions, and pandemics. Global partnerships across national and regional boundaries are vitally important, perhaps now more than ever, and this is a moment for collective action.

The Japan Foundation (JF) has decided to merge CGP, the Japan-China Center, and the Asia Center and form a new Global Partnerships Department (GPD) from April of this year. We are evolving to include even more diverse voices from around the world in our mission toward mutual understanding through collaborative problem solving and dialogue.

Reflecting this change, on the U.S. side, CGP New York will merge into Japan Foundation New York (JFNY) and we will continue to offer our intellectual exchange as well as our grassroots education and exchange grants and programming. Our goal remains promoting opportunities to encourage and highlight Japan-U.S. joint contributions to the world, and our programming will reflect the thematic areas announced last year:
• Building a Resilient Society
• Developing an Inclusive Society
• Creating a Society Enriched by Science and Technology

I would like to express my deepest gratitude to all of our friends around the United States who have supported CGP over the years, and we hope our partnership will continue on this new journey.

Masaya Shimoyama
Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership New York

March 2022