STRENGTHENING CIVIL SOCIETY

JCIE has a long tradition of leadership in promoting the development of vibrant nonprofit and philanthropic sectors and working to enhance the contributions of civil society to international relations. Our activities aim to promote a broader understanding of civil society, strengthen civil society’s role in governance, create collaborative networks among civil society organizations worldwide as well as with leaders in government, business, and other sectors.

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RELATED ACTIVITIES


JCIE Announces Grantees for Supporting Youths of Diverse Roots and an Inclusive Society Program

May 7, 2020 | Tokyo

In the hopes of opening the doors to a brighter future for young people of foreign origins who are living in Japan, JCIE has launched a major grant program, Supporting Youths of Diverse Roots and an I…


2019 Japanese Diet Delegation to the US

September 17–20, 2019 | Washington DC

The 2019 US-Japan Parliamentary Exchange Program brought the 30th delegation of Japanese diet members and parliamentarians to the US, where they met and engaged in discussions with members of Congress…


International Seminar: NGOs as Strategic Partners in Development and Humanitarian Assistance

June 6, 2018 | Tokyo, Japan

This seminar was part of a JCIE project on NGOs as Strategic Partners, conducted from 2015 to 2018. Participants examined what Japanese NGOs and government agencies can do to work together on ODA, dra…


NGOs as Strategic Partners | Diet-NGO Roundtable to Follow Up on Study Tour

June 7, 2017 | Tokyo

Five NGO leaders and three Diet members came together for a roundtable to discuss how to strengthen Japanese NGOs’ institutional capacity to work as strategic partners with the the government on devel…


NGOs as Strategic Partners: Japanese NGO Leaders Delegation to Washington DC

March 1–3, 2017 | Washington DC

JCIE brought a team of executives from leading Japanese NGOs in the field of development and humanitarian assistance to the US to study what is needed to strengthen the institutional capacity of Japan…


2015 Japanese Diet Delegation to the United States

September 28–October 2, 2015 | Washington DC

The 2015 US-Japan Parliamentary Exchange Program brought the 28th delegation of Japanese diet members and parliamentarians to the US, where they met and engaged in discussions with members of Congress…


Tadashi Yamamoto Memorial Seminar | NGOs at Home and Abroad—US and Japanese Perspectives on Shared Goals

October 1, 2015 | Washington DC

The 3rd annual Tadashi Yamamoto Memorial Seminar, co-organized by JCIE and the Council on Foreign Relations, featured four Diet members from the ruling and opposition camps and five leaders from Japan…


Managing Movements of People for Security and Prosperity in East Asia: Roles of Civil Society

February 1–2, 2015 | Tokyo

A multinational group of researchers met in Tokyo as part of a JCIE project on the Movement of People in East Asia and the Role of Civil Society, which was supported by the John D. and Catherine T. Ma…


2013 Annual Tiffany Foundation Award Ceremony

November 6, 2013 | New York, NY

The Fifth Tiffany Foundation Award Ceremony was held in Tokyo on November 4, 2013 in Tokyo to honor organizations that have distinguished themselves with their efforts to preserve local cultural herit…


5th Annual Tiffany Foundation Award Ceremony

October 4, 2012 | Tokyo

The Fifth Tiffany Foundation Award Ceremony was held in Tokyo on October 4, 2012, in Tokyo to honor organizations that have distinguished themselves with their efforts to preserve local cultural herit…


Tiffany Foundation Award Seminar: Toward Community Revitalization—New Possibilities for Traditional Culture

August 19, 2010 | Tokyo

In order to more fully examine the progress and impact of the Tiffany Foundation Award, JCIE organized a seminar, “Toward Community Revitalization: New Possibilities for Traditional Culture,” on Augus…


Strengthening Nongovernmental Contributions to Regional Security Cooperation

August 4, 2010 | Jakarta, Indonesia

On August 4, 2010, the Japan Center for International Exchange (JCIE) and the Centre for Strategic and International Studies co-sponsored a roundtable in Jakarta as part of JCIE’s study of “Nongovernm…


Strengthening Nongovernmental Contributions to Regional Security Cooperation | Tokyo Workshop

January 18–19, 2010 | Tokyo

On January 18–19, 2010, the participants gathered in Tokyo for a workshop to discuss initial findings of a project examining (1) the roles of civil society in enhancing regional security cooperation,…


The Role of Philanthropy in Postwar US-Japan Relations | 2004 Tokyo Workshop

October 4–5, 2004 | Tokyo

Nearly 100 leaders from the fields of civil society, philanthropy, and government gathered at a major conference in Tokyo on October 4–5, 2004, to review the contributions of American and Japanese phi…


Connecting Civil Society of Asia and Europe—An Informal Consultation

June 16-18, 2004 | Barcelona, Spain

Between June 16–18, 2004, more than 180 high-level representatives from civil society organizations from Asia and Europe gathered in Barcelona to discuss issues of mutual concern for both regions as w…

RELATED PUBLICATIONS


Supporting Disaster Survivors in Japan

Sachiko Aoki and Kimberly Gould Ashizawa

2019

A report highlighting the work of four nonprofit organizations that received $2.8 million in funding from a United Way Worldwide (UWW) grant on behalf of the generosity of Polo Ralph Lauren, as well a…


Becoming Strategic Partners: Lessons for NGOs and Government Agencies from the American Experience

Japan Center for International Exchange

2018

An analaysis of how strategic partnerships in the development field between government and NGOs operate and why they emerged, drawing 10 lessons that shed light on how Japanese NGOs might also develop…


Getting International Disaster Philanthropy Right: Lessons from Japan's 2011 Tsunami

James Gannon

2016

After Japan’s March 2011 disaster, the US philanthropic response was a great success, but there were some shortcomings in terms of coordination and understanding. This report reflects upon both the po…


The Tiffany Foundation Award

Japan Center for International Exchange

2016

The recipients of the Tiffany Foundation Award for the Preservation of Japanese Traditional Arts and Culture in Contemporary Society, created in 2008 by JCIE and The Tiffany & Co. Foundation are highl…


Asia on the Move: Regional Migration and the Role of Civil Society

Mely Caballero-Anthony and Toshihiro Menu, eds.

2015

Experts analyze migration trends in China, Japan, Korea, and Southeast Asia; government efforts to manage this movement; and the role of NGOs in helping to protect migrants and to harness migration to…


Preparing for Future Disasters: Strategic Assistance and the US-Japan Alliance

Kei Koga, Thomas B. Fargo, Alison Szalwinski, Noboru Yamaguchi, and Ryo Sahashi

2015

This JCIE/NBR report examines the challenges posed by major disasters in the Asia-Pacific and argues that the United States and Japan need to elevate humanitarian assistance and disaster relief to be…


Innovative Disaster Responses: Model Approaches from Japan's 3/11 Disaster

Atsuko Geiger, Kaede Kawauchi, and Serena Bellamy

2015

In the wake of the Great East Japan Earthquake and the role of the Japanese civil society in the recovery and reconstruction process, this report analyzes four innovative projects that can be emulated…


Civil Society Monitor | Special Edition

Japan Center for International Exchange

March 11, 2015

US Giving for Japan’s 2011 Disaster Totals $737 Million (Four-year update)


Strengthening US-Japan NGO Partnerships on Humanitarian Responses—Lessons from 3/11

Japan Center for International Exchange

2015

This two-year study assesses the effectiveness of Japanese NGOs’ international partnerships in the response to the 3/11 disaster. Based on interviews with key figures from Japanese and Western NGOS, d…


Bringing People Together: Assessing the Impact of 3/11 on US-Japan Grassroots Exchange

Atsuko Geiger

2015

Dr. Atsuko Geiger analyzes the depth of preexisting US-Japan grassroots ties, which was made evident by the international response to Japan’s 3/11 disaster, and also how these efforts can continue to…


Civil Society Monitor | Issue 14

October 2014

• Can Japan Welcome Immigrants? A Shrinking Population Spurs a Growing Debate


Civil Society Monitor | Special Edition

March 11, 2014

US Giving for Japan Disaster Reaches $730 Million (Three-year update)


A Growing Force: Civil Society's Role in Asian Regional Security

Rizal Sukma and James Gannon, eds.

2013

The authors explore the role of civil society organizations in responding to security threats in the five areas of piracy, disaster relief, human trafficking, health, and climate change, in order to a…


Civil Society Monitor | Special Edition

March 11, 2013

US Giving for Japan Disaster Exceeds $710 Million


Civil Society Monitor | Special Edition

September 11, 2012

US Giving in Response to Japan’s March 11 Disaster Exceeds $665 Million