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2023 Grant Program: Japan-U.S. Global Partnership Awardees

Claremont Mckenna College, Claremont, CA
Sustainable Futures: Overcoming Disparities (Year 1)
$100,000.00Project Director: Dr. Albert ParkTo tackle the relationship between globalization and sustainability and imagine futures where globalization is more inclusive, equips individuals with the means to deal with changes, and can meet its original lofty promises in the face of a number of environmental challenges. This project engages this study by examining how this relationship between globalization and environmental challenges has influenced elderly, disabled, and rural communities in Japan, the United States, and select Asia-Pacific countries. The chief objective of this project is to create models of learning and practice for approaching the study of globalization and sustainability and developing practices and systems for a sustainable, inclusive life under globalization.

Fund for the City of New York (Cafeteria Culture), New York, NY
Okinawa and New York Youth for Global Plastic Pollution Action (Year 2)
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 include a final creative youth-designed event that uses various artforms to persuade and inform and a virtual symposium with students from other countries joining Okinawa and New York students in order to broaden the understanding of global plastic pollution and waste exportation.

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 2)
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 2)
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.

iLEAP, Seattle, WA
Climate Change and Food Systems: Youth Leading the Way (Year 2)
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.

University of Hawai’i Foundation, Honolulu, HI
Undersea Cables, Geoeconomics, and Security in the Indo-Pacific: Risks and Resilience (Year 1)
Project Director: Dr. Kristi Govella
To bring together international experts to discuss the security issues surrounding undersea cables: How are threats to undersea cable networks evolving in the Indo-Pacific? How do national perspectives differ, and what country-specific challenges exist that may require the cooperation of additional partners? How does rapidly maturing technology impact the risks, and how might this technology also help to provide solutions? Finally, as leaders in undersea cable technology and policy, how can the US and Japan facilitate public and private cooperation with other countries to ensure the resilience of this critical infrastructure?