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Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) established the San Francisco Office in Berkeley, California in 2003 as its 9th overseas office.

JSPS is an independent administrative institution under the jurisdiction of Japan's Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT). Originally founded as a non-profit foundation in 1932 through an endowment by Emperor Showa, JSPS has functioned as Japan's core funding agency to promote scientific research in all fields including the humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, engineering, and medicine.

Our Activities

  1. Cooperate with Academic Communities
  • Build and strengthen a collaborative relationship with research universities in the West Coast of the U.S. and Canada
  • Outreach to science promotion organizations and research universities in Latin American countries
  1. Coordinate Academic Symposia
  • Co-organize academic symposia with research universities in the West Coast of the U.S. and Canada
  • Past Co-organizers: UC Berkeley, Stanford University, University of Texas Austin, University of British Columbia, etc.
  1. Support Japanese Universities
  • Support Japanese universities' outreach activities in the U.S.
  • Support activities of the Japanese University Network in the Bay Area (JUNBA) as an administrative office
  • Provide Japanese university administrative staff with staff development opportunities
  1. Support Researchers from Japan
  • Assist building networks among researchers and JSPS fellows from Japan in the U.S. by holding networking events
  1. Promote Fellowship Programs
  • Promote JSPS Fellowship Programs for Overseas Researchers to researchers in the West Coast of the U.S. and Canada and Latin American countries
  1. Issue Newsletters
  • Report the activities of JSPS San Francisco and information on research and researchers of Japan

Office Staff

    DirectorYusaku NAKABEPPU
    Deputy Director Manabu IKEDA
    Liaison Officer Abigail Hughes
    International Program Associate Izumi TANABE
    Advisor Yuki SHIGETA
    International Program Intern Kazumasa ODA



JSPS San Francisco
1936 University Avenue,
The PROMENADE Suite 250
Berkeley, CA 94704
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Tel: 510-665-1890
Fax: 510-665-1891
E-Mail: sfo-info[atmark]