Supporting research in the field of modern and contemporary Japanese politics and foreign policy at Columbia University, Georgetown University, and Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the United States
April 28, 2015
1. On April 27 (same in local time), Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who is currently visiting the United States, made a visit to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and announced that Japan would make contributions to three universities in the United States in order to support Japanese studies.
2. The contributions of 5 million dollars each are provided to Columbia University, Georgetown University, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in order to support their Japanese studies programs, mainly in the area of modern and contemporary Japanese politics and foreign policy. (The contribution to Columbia University has been completed.) These universities are planning to use the contributions to enhance their research activities in relevant fields, such as establishing professorships specializing in modern and contemporary Japanese politics and foreign policy.
3. It is expected that the contributions will further develop Japanese studies at these universities in the relevant fields, and will contribute to promoting understanding with regard to Japan in the United States in the future.