January 27, 2021

January 2021, 92 books were awarded by The Nippon Foundation to the Center for Strategic Studies at the University of Jordan, in the presence of His Excellency the Japanese Ambassador Shimazaki Kaoru, and Professor Zaid Eyadat, Director of the Center for Strategic Studies at the University of Jordan, within the framework of the “Read About Japan” project . The project aims to support studies and research in Jordan on Japan and to enhance understanding between the two countries.

The wide range of books includes various aspects of Japan, from its history, literature and culture to the contemporary political and economic situation. During the meeting with Professor Zaid Eyadat, Japanese Ambassador Shimazaki expressed his appreciation for the advanced research conducted by the center, expressing the hope that the awarded books will contribute to strengthening the capacity research, especially with regard to the Japanese issue. Ambassador Shimazaki also expressed his hope that the books would contribute to enhancing mutual understanding between the two countries in the future. For his part, Prof. Eyadat expressed his gratitude for the grant, stressing that researchers at the center will benefit from the awarded books for their research. Professor Clinics also valued the depth of the Jordanian-Japanese relationship and Japan’s permanent support for Jordan. Professor Eyadat discussed ways to enhance cooperation relations with think tanks and research institutions in Japan and develop relations between the University of Jordan and Japanese universities, including holding an annual conference on Japan’s policies in the Middle East.

The Nippon Foundation is a private non-profit organization in Japan. Founded in 1962, it carries out a wide range of charitable activities inside and outside Japan. The Nippon Foundation has launched the “Read About Japan” book donation project since 2008. The aim of this project is to use outstanding books to provide readers around the world with a clear picture of Japan. In particular, the Foundation hopes to reach out to young researchers interested in Japan, as well as opinion leaders and intellectuals.