The Asian Program Division was established within JSPS
to carry out a vigorous agenda of exchange with Asian countries. Its programs
include the following:
The importance of exchange with Asian countries was emphasized in the third Science and Technology Basic Plan (FY2006-FY2010) drawn up by the government. It states the following:
(2) Cooperating with Asian nations
The government will continue to improve prior international frameworks, and cooperate and collaborate with European nations and the United States of America. It will also strengthen the ties of S&T with Asian nations to fulfill the role that is expected of Japan from both inside and outside the country, in view of international situations, i.e., geographical and environmental accessibility, the rapid improvement of the S&T standards, and the increasing closeness of economic relations. For this reason, the government will strengthen the collaboration of S&T. As such, the government will implement a policy dialogue called "Asian Region S&T Ministerial Summit" (tentative name) at a high level, including ministers involved in S&T policies with Asian nations, based on the existing government-to-government dialogue and interaction by researchers.
In parallel with this dialogue, the government will strengthen the S&T community with Asian nations through network formation and responses for common challenges in the Asian region by promoting interaction with
researchers from Asian nations.