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2022 Grant Program: Japan-U.S. Global Partnership Awardees

Fund for the City of New York (Cafeteria Culture), New York, NY
Okinawa and New York Youth for Global Plastic Pollution Action (Year 1)
Project Director: Ms. Atsuko Quirk
To foster cross-cultural exchange, friendship, and collaboration between elementary school students in rural coastal Iriomote, Japan, and in urban coastal New York through a structured, hands-on study of the complexities of local and global plastic pollution problems. Activities aim to support the development of group problem-solving and environmental leadership skills.

International Foster Care Alliance (IFCA) , Seattle, WA
(Re)connecting Post-COVID-19: Foster Care Alumni of Japan and the US, Collaborating for Healing, Resilience, and Advocacy (Year 1)
Project Director: Ms. Miho Awazu
To support programming of the International Foster Youth Alliance’s Foster Youth and Foster Care Alumni Youth Program. Each year will feature two events: travel for youth alumni of the Japanese foster care system to the United States, where Japanese youth will connect with American alumni of state care, child welfare professionals, advocacy organizations, and academics and a U.S.-Japan Youth Summit in Japan, to which a small number of American alumni of state care will travel, along with state care alumni from across Japan.

Northeastern University, Boston MA
Government and Market in Disasters: Capacity Building, Burden Sharing and Insurance (Year 1)
Project Director: Dr. Daniel Aldrich
To identify issues and approaches to disaster risk reduction (DRR) and climate change adaptation (CCA) that can be encouraged through a variety of market mechanisms and development assistance policies. The study will focus on sharing costs and responsibilities among a wide range of actors: national/federal governments, state governments, local governments, local communities, and the private sector.

Japan Center for International Exchange (JCIE), New York, NY
US-Japan Aging Programs on Healthy and Resilient Aging (Year 1)
Project Director: Ms. Kim Ashizawa
To facilitate exchanges between the United States and Japan on mutual challenges, best practices, and solutions to support healthy and active aging in both countries and in the Asia-Pacific region. The project will engage leaders at the community level in Japan and the United States who are working to address the challenges of aging, as well as legislators and policymakers in both countries who are developing responses to aging-related issues. The following activities are planned: a survey of current US-Japan initiatives to address aging related issues, community-level dialogues to share best practices, and a high-level exchange and dialogue.

iLEAP, Seattle, WA
Climate Change and Food Systems: Youth Leading the Way (Year 1)
Project Director: Ms. Kei Eriksen
To engage Japanese and American young adults (ages 18-30) through a four-month program focused on issues of leadership, sustainable agriculture, climate change, English language development, and the importance and value of the bilateral U.S.-Japan partnership in youth leading the next generation of social and environmental solutions.

Keio Research Institute at SFC, Kanagawa, Japan *JF Tokyo proposal
Towards US-Japan Co-creation on Sustainability Transformation: exploring opportunities in sustainable consumption and production
Project Director: Prof. Norichika Kanie
7,161,000 (JPY)
To strengthen the Japan-U.S. partnership on UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by focusing on “sustainable consumption and production”. The project plans to compare consumer awareness, production behavior, investment, policies, etc. in clothing, food and housing in the Japan and U.S. Workshops will be held in both countries with this comparative work as a basis and specific areas that are strong candidates for Japan-U.S. cooperation on sustainability will be identified.