Programs in the Field of Human Resources Development: 2016

Asia

Program
Name
ICRP efforts supporting recovery following the Fukushima Daiichi accident
Organization International Commission on Radiological Protection,
Explanation This program supports a series of dialogue meetings being held by the International Commission on Radiological Protection, with a variety of partners (governmental and non-governmental; local and international) focusing on identification of problems and challenges encountered by residents in the recovery from the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant accident.
Grant Size JPY 29,900,000
Countries
Reached
Japan
Program
Name
Training for Officials of Myanmar Ministry of Border Affairs
Organization International University of Japan
Explanation This project provides an opportunity for 40 trainee officials and 15 senior officials from the Myanmar Ministry of Border Affairs to participate in a leadership enhancement course. Activities range from a series of lectures regarding administration and politics at the International University of Japan, to field trips to observe Japanese companies. The aim is to foster leaders with deep knowledge and cultural understanding to promote further development in Myanmar.
Grant Size JPY 34,000,000
Countries
Reached
Myanmar
Program
Name
Managing Japanese Language Course in Myanmar
Organization Shinjuku Japanese Language Institute
Explanation Since April 2015, Japanese language instructors from the Shinjuku Japanese Language Institute have been dispatched to the Myanmar Defense Services Academy (DSA) to provide a Japanese Language Course, which trains 40 young officers every year. The objective is to promote defense exchange as well as diplomatic relations between Myanmar and Japan. This will be achieved by training officers to become proficient in Japanese and to be capable of becoming Japanese language trainers, which will enhance the self-management of the Japanese course at the Myanmar DSA. 12 officers are dispatched to the Ministry of Defense of Japan and 2 officers will be assistant teachers for the Japanese course from May 2017. (In 2016, 1 of the 2 officers served as a Japanese interpreter for the Myanmar Armed Forces.)
Grant Size JPY 22,000,000
Countries
Reached
Myanmar
Program
Name
Technical Training School for National Youths in Karen State, Myanmar
Organization Bridge Asia Japan
Explanation In this project, with the cooperation of Myanmar’s Department of Education and Training and Ministry of Border Affairs, Bridge Asia Japan founded a Technical Training School in Hpa-an in Karen State, Myanmar in 2014 for local young people who do not have the chance to get an education. The school provides four technical training courses (construction, automobile mechanics, electronics, and welding) to increase employment opportunities along with a goal of self-management of the Training School. In 2017, the training of 180 Myanmar youths is planned, with cooperative support from Japanese specialists, companies and NGOs.
Grant Size USD 715,100
Countries
Reached
Myanmar
Program
Name
Vocational Training Program for Myanmar Refugees in Thailand
Organization Greater Mekong Subregion Agriculture and Development Center
Explanation This project provides vocational training in spinning, papermaking, and rice seasoning production as well as marketing seminars to Myanmar refugees in Thailand. The objective is to enable Myanmar refugees in Thailand to acquire vocational skills to enable them to earn a stable income while in Thailand, as well as after returning to Myanmar in the future (the FY2016 plan is to train 240 Myanmar refugees in Thailand).
Grant Size THB 9,937,000
Countries
Reached
Thailand
Program
Name
Promoting Asian Women Social Entrepreneurship Network
Organization Association for The Promotion of The Status of Women
Explanation With APSW, The Nippon Foundation has held a series of international conferences, the “Asian Women Social Entrepreneurship Network Conference,” since 2014 to invite women social entrepreneurs mainly from the Mekong region, including Thailand, Cambodia, Myanmar, Laos, Vietnam, to build their capacity and promote the network in the region. APSW is an organization based in Thailand that supports women struggling with poverty, domestic violence and HIV/AIDS.
Grant Size USD 217,300
Countries
Reached
Thailand, Cambodia, Myanmar, Laos, Vietnam, Indonesia
Program
Name
University for Peace Asia Leaders Dual Campus Masters Programme
Organization University for Peace (Cost Rica)
Explanation The Nippon Foundation is funding a 21-month graduate program, Asian Peacebuilders Scholarship (APS), which allows Asian students to receive a dual Master of Arts in International Peace Studies from the United Nations-mandated University for Peace and Ateneo de Manila University. The program has the academic collaboration of Ateneo de Manila University, where students take an introductory English Training Module and courses related to Asian issues taught by Asian scholars. The foundation courses in international peace studies are conducted at the University for Peace main campus, located in Costa Rica. The program provides 30 The Nippon Foundation scholarships per year, and will equip these students with the knowledge and language skills required to work at international organizations and NGOs in the fields of peace building and conflict resolution.
Grant Size USD 1,813,900
Countries
Reached
Philippines, Costa Rica
Program
Name
Nationality-Restoration of War-Displaced Japanese in the Philippines
Organization Philippine Nikkei-jin Legal Support Center (Japan)
Explanation This project assists second-generation Japanese who were left behind and lost proof of their identities in the Philippines in the turmoil during and immediately after World War II, by providing support for the restoration of their Japanese citizenship (identity investigation, collection of documentary evidence, declaration of family register, compilation of the master list of war-displaced Japanese descendants, and temporary group returns for meetings with family court officers).
Grant Size JPY 34,131,000
Countries
Reached
Philippines, Japan
Program
Name
Improvement of Quality of Education in Cambodia
Organization Educational Supporting Center “KIZUNA” (Cambodia)
Explanation This scholarship project aims to cultivate teachers to improve the educational environment in Cambodia, by providing scholarships to students with financial need at teacher training centers in Phnom Penh. The “Teaching English by Radio” program, the other part of this project, has developed and introduced radio programs to teach English to junior high school students and proved the effectiveness of radio as a tool in school education. The Teaching English by Radio program has therefore been integrated into the national curriculum. New junior high school textbooks have also been created to enhance English education.
Grant Size USD 194,000
Countries
Reached
Cambodia
Program
Name
15th East Asian International Symposium
Organization East Asia Research Center (in Japanese only)
Explanation The East Asia Research Center held the 15th East Asian International Symposium in Tokyo, inviting researchers in the field of Japan-Korea studies to share their findings related to social problems common to East Asia.
Grant Size JPY 1,000,000
Countries
Reached
Japan, Republic of Korea, China
Program
Name
Enhancement of an Alumni Network in Central Asia
Organization Japan-Central Asia Friendship Association (JACAFA)
Explanation This program builds on the network of scholars created by a former scholarship under which Central Asian students studied at universities in Turkey. Under the JACAFA program, students who have returned to their countries are able to participate in an active network, cooperating on research and other projects that contribute to the development of the region as a whole.
Grant Size USD 217,700
Countries
Reached
Central Asian Republics
Grant Size GBP 3,900
Countries
Reached
UK, USA, rest of the world

North America

Program
Name
Publication of a New Anthology of Contemporary Japanese Literature (USA)
Organization A Public Space
Explanation This project supports the publication of a new anthology of contemporary Japanese literature that will be made available to the wider public through bookstores, libraries, etc.
Grant Size USD 49,000
Countries
Reached
USA

Latin America

Program
Name
Construction of Japanese classrooms in Colombia
Organization Asociacion Colombo Japonesa (in Spanish only)
Explanation This project aims to construct a multi-functional institution by building Japanese classrooms above a martial arts studio.
Grant Size USD 193,200
Countries
Reached
Latin America All
Program
Name
Scholarship for Nikkei Students to Study in Japan
Organization The Association of Nikkei and Japanese Abroad (Japan)
Explanation This project provides scholarships to Latin Americans of Japanese ancestry with a strong desire/clear plan to carry out activities that either promote mutual understanding between Japan and their home country or contribute to the development of their home country.
Grant Size JPY 125,930,000
Countries
Reached
Latin America All
Program
Name
Research on current situation of Nikkei communities in Brazil
Organization Centro de Estudos Nipo-Brasileiros
Explanation This project aims to update understanding of Nikkei communities in Brazil in light of the rapid social changes the country is currently undergoing. The research will clarify not only the predominant presence of Nikkei communities within Brazilian society, but also how their roles are changing. In addition, research on current Nikkei communities is expected to shed some light on the role and definition of the prospective Nikkei generation.
Grant Size JPY 12,600,000
Countries
Reached
Brazil

North America, Other

Program
Name
The Nippon Foundation Fellows Program at the IUC
Organization Inter-University Center for Japanese Language Studies (IUC) (Japan)
Explanation This is a 10-month fellowship program for Ph.D. students in all fields of Japanese studies, at the Yokohama-based Inter-University Center for Japanese Language Studies. The Nippon Foundation Fellows Program at the IUC aims to provide the most promising young scholars with the deep linguistic and cultural knowledge needed to become leaders in their fields, and to foster strong collegial bonds and intellectual exchange among them and with other IUC graduates.
Grant Size JPY 86,100,000
Countries
Reached
Primarily USA and Japan

Global

Program
Name
Sylff・NF-JLEP Fellowship Program
Organization The Tokyo Foundation
Explanation This grant enables Sylff and NF-JLEP schools that were hurt by the 2008 financial crisis to continue to distribute fellowships to outstanding students.
Grant Size JPY 300,000,000
Countries
Reached
All