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Local Governments Pin Hopes on Athlete Host Town Project (News)

Tokyo (Jiji Press)—Municipalities are gunning to revitalize their regions by taking part in the central government's project to encourage local governments to host foreign athletes and staff participating in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics. In the project, registered municipalities are eligible for financial assistance for exchange programs with sports teams from abroad and renovations …

How the JET Program Changed JapanMenju Toshihiro

The JET Program was launched in 1987 and is now celebrating its thirtieth year. Over the decades, more than 60,000 participants have contributed to Japanese communities through such activities as teaching English and working for local governments. They have also encouraged many Japanese people to think more about other cultures and their own place in the world.

The Age of Public DiplomacyWatanabe Yasushi

Public diplomacy has attracted increasing attention in recent years—not least in Japan, where the government has invested considerable effort in its “Cool Japan” campaign. As we look ahead to our November symposium on “The Popularity of Nations: How and Why Governments Seek Public Approval Abroad,” Watanabe Yasushi, who has been involved in the project since the beginning, considers the significance of the symposium.

Meet Mao Danqing, the Professor-Turned-Publisher Selling Japanese Culture to China

Since it was launched in 2011, the Chinese monthly Zhiri (Know Japan) has been selling 50,000 copies or more of each issue. The man behind the magazine is Mao Danqing, a university professor a well-known writer and media personality in China and Japan.

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