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The 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

    DirectorToru Tamiya
    Deputy Director Kengo Ohta
    Liaison Officer Chris Reed
    International Program Associate Toru Okada
    International Program Associate Nodoka Nishimura
    International Program Intern Nobutake Niita



JSPS San Francisco
2001 Addison Street, Suite 260
Berkeley, CA 94704
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Tel: 510-665-1890
Fax: 510-665-1891
E-Mail: sfo-info[atmark]