•   U.S.-Japan Research Institute,
      Washington D.C. (Headquarters)

      1901 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
      Suite 801
      Washington, DC 20006
      Phone: 202-452-6142
      E-mail: usjp@us-jpri.org

  •   U.S.-Japan Research Institute,
      Japan Office

      c/o Strategic Management
      Planning Office,
      Office of the President,
      Waseda University,
      Totsuka-machi 1-104, Shinjuku-ku,
      Tokyo 169-8050
      Phone: +81-3-5286-8740
      Fax: +81-3-5286-8385
      E-mail: usjp@us-jpri.org

Research Activities
Research Activities

Research Projects

United States – Japan Comparison of the Influence for SBIR Programs on Creating New Industries
This research investigates the reason why scientific innovation in Japan has left behind from U.S., and proposes public policy for scientific innovation which cures the problem. [Read More]

Term: June, 2015 - March, 2016

Leader: Eiichi Yamaguchi, Kyoto University
Researcher: Eriko Kawai, Kyoto University

American Foreign Policy After Obama and its implication to Asia
This project will look back on the Obama administration’s foreign policy with a particular focus on East Asia and try to understand what will follow.[Read More]

Term: April, 2015 - March, 2016

Leader: Toshihiko Nakayama, Keio University

Japan-US Partnership towards the formation of Asian Higher Education Area focusing on ASEAN
This research is a policy study aiming to examine the current state of “knowledge diplomacy” in higher education in ASEAN, and delineate a road map for formulating an “Asian Higher Education Area” in collaboration with Japan-U.S. partnership. More concretely, the research will review: (i) the status of internationalization or harmonization in higher education in Asia; (ii) activities on external and internal quality assurance involving ASEAN+3 (Japan, China and South Korea); (iii) coexistence of "ASEAN Credit Transfer System” and "Asian Academic Credits”; (iv) grading system; (v) the status of "ASEAN International Mobility for Students” program; (vi) complementary role between AUN and "GMS University Consortium," and based on the review, will develop a road map towards the "Asian Higher Education Area," including roles of key stakeholders and an action plan. [Read More]

Term: May, 2015 - March, 2016

Leader: Yasushi Hirosato, Sophia University
Researcher: Miki Sugimura, Sophia University
                        Kazuhiro Maeshima, Sophia University
                        James Williams, George Washington University
                        John Hawkins, University of Hawaii
                        Yuto Kitamura, The University of Tokyo
                        Kazuo Kuroda, Waseda University

Plant Science Research for Global Food Security
In this project, we intend to summarize research projects related to increased food production between the US and Japan, and pick out priority research projects which contribute to establish global food security. We will propose research policies to funding agencies and government, and also submit related research projects in on-going programs in both countries. [Read More]

Term: July, 2015 - March, 2017

Leader: Hiroshi Ezura, University of Tsukuba
Researcher: Tohru Ariizumi, University of Tsukuba
                        Jocelyn K.C. Rose, Cornell University
                        James J. Giovannoni, Cornell University

Refugees not willing to return
Many people were obliged to leave their homes by the Great East Japan Earthquake (2011), Hurricane Sandy (2013) and Hurricane Katrina (2005). Some of these refugees refuse to come back home, despite the fact that they can come back home if they so wish. Presence of such unwilling-to-return refugees has created various societal problems with host communities. This international collaborative research project aims at identifying the reasons why such refugees emerge and delineating possible solutions. [Read More]

Term: April, 2015 - March, 2016

Leader: Mikiyasu Nakayama, The University of Tokyo
Researcher: Maiko Sakamoto, The University of Tokyo
                        Ryo Fujikura, Hosei University
                        Satoru Mimura, Fukushima University
                        Carl Bruch, Environmental Law Institute
                        Nicholas Bryner, George Washington University
                        Syafruddin Karim, Andalas University
                        Jagath Manatunge, University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka
                        Said Muhammad, Syiah Kuala University, Indonesia

US-China Power Shift and Japanese Foreign Policy
The project aims to examine the causal factors behind Japanese new approaches to the rise of China, with a focus on the effect of the changes in the regional structure caused by China’s superpower behavior. This analysis helps trace what impacts China’s policy actions as the regional structural change has on Japan and clarify what Japan has wanted to achieve through pushing for new foreign policy approaches such as its participation in the TPP and the proposal of a proactive pacifism. Characterisation of regional structure is methodologically used as a springboard to considering how Japan, as the agent in this case, interpreted these regional features, and how they were related to the actual impetus behind Japan’s new foreign policy approaches. As neoclassical realists claim, this project also includes domestic level analysis, including the individual policy actions and evolution of policy ideas. The project shall focus on TPP and AIIB as two major case studies. [Read More]

Term: April, 2014 - March, 2016

Leader: Takashi Terada, Doshisha University
Researcher: Koji Murata, Doshisha University
                        Rumi Aoyama, Waseda University
                        Hironori Kawauchi, IDB

Socio-cultural cooperation in Asia-Pacific region
The aim of this research is to uncover the dynamics of socio-cultural cooperation in the East Asia and Asia-Pacific regions, and to evaluate the impact of socio-cultural cooperation on regional integration.
This study regards socio-cultural cooperation as including human security, human rights, environmental protection, education, civil society, and corporate social responsibility(CSR). [Read More]

Term: April, 2015 – March, 2016

Leader: Toru Oga, Kyushu University
Researcher: Junko Ueda, Kyushu University
                        Hitoshi Matsui, Kyushu University
                        Lee Hong Pyo, Kyushu University
                        Konari Uchida, Kyushu University
                        Edward Vickers, Kyushu University
                        Roger Smith, Kyushu University
                        Satoko Seino, Kyushu University

Translational research based on molecular craniofacial developmental biology and development of related clinical activities
In this study, we elucidate mechanism of the outbreak of various kinds of inborn abnormality to show the phenotype in face, oral cavity including a cleft lip and/or cleft palate (CLP) and aim at developing the oral cavity function foundation therapy that we applied a bone reproduction therapy. [Read More]

Term: April, 2015 - March, 2016

Leader: Ichiro Takahashi, Kyushu Univeristy
Researcher: Kazuaki Nonaka, Kyushu University
                        Yoshihide Mori, Kyushu University
                        Haruyoshi Yamaza, Kyushu University
                        Fumie Terao, Kyushu University
                        Naoto Haruyama, Kyushu University
                        Keigo Yoshizaki, Kyushu University

Can Japan Come Back?
The group will discuss the three following perspectives concerning the 2-decade long stagnation of the Japanese economy after the burst of bubble in 1991.
1. Japanese Economy/Comparative Political Economy Perspective
2. 2. Japanese Politics/Society Perspective
3. 3. International Political Economy Perspective [Read More]

Term: April, 2012 - March, 2015

Leader: Keiji Nakatsuji, Ritsumeikan Univeristy
Researcher: Susan Pharr, Harvard University
                        Akira Furukawa, Ritsumeikan University
                        Sachio Nakato, Ritsumeikan University
                        Hironori Sasada, Ritsumeikan University

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