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Establish the Japan's Network on Border Studies toward the World

Implementing Agency The Slavic Research Center, Hokkaido University (Japan) Year 2/3
Project classification Self-OperatedGrantCommissionedOthers Year project budget implementation 12,500,000yen
Project Contents
The aim of this project is to launch “Japan’s Network on Border Studies toward the World” and promote collaboration and mutual exchanges of experience, so that local government personnel and researchers can deal effectively with policy-related and practical issues relating to Japan’s border areas.
Implementation Plan
In the second year of this three year project, the following activities will be implemented.
  • Meetings of practitioners
    Regular meetings will be held three times among practitioners, including local government personnel, central government ministry personnel, etc.
    (May 2011 in Yonaguni Town, Okinawa; September 2011 in Wakkanai, Hokkaido, January 2012 in Tokyo)
  • Preparation for Fukuoka and Busan Joint Bid to Host BRIT in 2012
    In order to present the attractiveness of Busan (Korea) and Fukuoka City (Japan) to researchers worldwide as joint candidates to host the 2012 Border Regions in Transition (BRIT) international conference, Fukuoka and Busan local government personnel and researchers will be sent to the September 2011 BRIT conference in Geneva and Grenoble (mobile conference in two cities).
  • Symposium for the launch of "Japan's Network on International Border Studies"
    A symposium will be held at Hokkaido University in November 2011 to discuss trends in international border studies, with the main topic being the issues that border regions in Japan are facing. The symposium will be in collaboration with a project named Reshaping Japan's Border Studies," and invitees will include Japanese researchers and practitioners. Using this opportunity, steps will be taken to create the network, with the future aim of establishing an academic society.
Project Results
This fiscal year, two meetings were held, one in the town of Yonaguni in Okinawa in May 2011 and the other in the village of Ogasawara, Tokyo in January 2012. In these meetings, problems surrounding the Japanese legislative framework for the development of municipalities in border areas and the possibility of a larger, shared economic zone in borderland regions were discussed.

In November 2011, a meeting in Sapporo for the launch of Japan’s Network on International Border Studies (JIBSN) was held, with steps taken to approve internal regulations, as well as list participating organizations, and recommend secretariat organizations.