Japan has contributed US$5 million to the University of Toronto to establish an endowed chair in Japanese politics and global affairs, and to launch the Centre for the Study of Global Japan at the Munk School of Global Affairs. The University of Toronto is the first Canadian university to receive such support from the Japanese government, which will amplify the University’s impact on the study of Japan as a major global power.
The announcement followed the Japan-Canada Summit in May 2016, during which Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe noted that Japan wished to support Japanese studies at Canadian universities in order to promote mutual understanding between the two countries.
“At a time when we are experiencing significant changes and instability on the global stage, Japan and Canada, as G7 countries that share common values, have a responsibility to make contributions to the world community that ensure peace and prosperity,” said Yasunori Nakayama, the consul general of Japan in Toronto. “We also share common challenges such as terrorism, global warming and our aging populations. It is therefore imperative that our academic institutions are able to conduct extensive research that enables us to properly understand each other. The University of Toronto is one of the oldest, biggest and most influential universities in Canada. I am delighted that an institution as prestigious as the University of Toronto now has the means to significantly broaden its study of contemporary Japan with a global perspective.”
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