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ABOUT

CONTRIBUTE YOUR EXPERTISE
TO A BETTER WORLD.

The Nippon Foundation International Fellowship program was launched in 2012 to support the development of leadership capable of steering the future of the country, human resources with the ability to resolve social issues from a global perspective, and people ready to lead new initiatives in their areas of expertise and communicate them to the world.

We see Japan’s presence diminishing globally because it is often unable to fully maximize its strengths to take the initiative in dealing hands-on with international issues, to engage in and contribute to discussions at international conferences, or to publicize its perspectives through academic journals and global media. We are not sufficiently communicating the situations our country is facing and the various innovative efforts underway in this country to the rest of the world.

To address this, we need human resources capable of tackling social issues in the global arena using sophisticated expertise, articulating their opinions clearly and exerting extensive influence on society beyond borders and specialties. The International Fellowship offers Japanese researchers and practitioners who share these perspectives and have advanced qualities and expertise in areas that serve the public interest opportunities to further expand their knowledge and skills at research and educational institutions overseas.

The program targets Japanese people aged between 25 and 40 who work for the public benefit in the fields of politics, economics, and legal issues such as administrative offices of central and local governments, as well as media and NGOs. The fellowship term is a maximum of two years. Fellows will be provided expenses for living, research, and travel.

IN JAPAN. IN THE WORLD.
AS A HUB OF
SOCIAL INNOVATION.

For over 50 years, the Nippon Foundationhas been a promoter of activities aimed at making society a better place.

In recent years, we have seen major changes in how social issues are dealt with. We are witnessing an increase in global-scale resource and food problems and environmental issues that cannot be solved by any single country. Looking domestically, more and more issues have emerged. These include an ageing population, poor community ties and unsatisfactory environments for raising children that are difficult to tackle with measures developed by municipalities and public agencies alone. Meanwhile, there have been new forces and trends, namely NPOs and corporate CSR, which are working to solve these issues. Following the Great East Japan Earthquake, the public’s willingness to engage in social participation is higher than ever before.

For over 50 years, the Nippon Foundationhas been a promoter of activities aimed at making society a better place.

In recent years, we have seen major changes in how social issues are dealt with. We are witnessing an increase in global-scale resource and food problems and environmental issues that cannot be solved by any single country. Looking domestically, more and more issues have emerged. These include an ageing population, poor community ties and unsatisfactory environments for raising children that are difficult to tackle with measures developed by municipalities and public agencies alone. Meanwhile, there have been new forces and trends, namely NPOs and corporate CSR, which are working to solve these issues. Following the Great East Japan Earthquake, the public’s willingness to engage in social participation is higher than ever before.

Japan and the world. Based on its extensive experience and network built through social action programs in 117 countries, the Nippon Foundation wishes to serve as a hub to inspire chemical reactions by connecting organizations, talent, know-how and funding beyond different standpoints.

Creating a wider pool of social innovation by connecting people, organizations and activities to develop a mutually-supportive society - this is the goal of the Nippon Foundation.