University of Tokyo-Princeton Partnership

Program Director

The Princeton University-University of Tokyo Strategic Partnership was established in 2013 with the goal of fostering long-term connections between the two universities. To date, this has been accomplished through support of collaborative mentoring and training across a wide range of disciplines. Recent projects involve Princeton faculty and students in the departments of Anthropology, Astrophysics, Chemistry, Civil and Environmental Engineering, East Asian Studies, Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, Electrical Engineering, History, Sociology, the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory, and the School of Architecture. Since 2013, the partnership has made 27 project awards. The partnership was renewed in January 2023 for a third five-year period. 

In 2020, administration of the partnership moved from the Office of the Provost to the Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies (PIIRS). At the University of Tokyo, the partnership is housed within the International Projects Promotion Group. At each university, there is a faculty director who is supported by an interdisciplinary steering committee and administrative staff. Committee members are: Jim Raymo (Sociology, Faculty Director), Sheldon Garon (History) and Michael Strauss (Astrophysics) from Princeton, and Satoshi Watanabe (Materials Engineering, Faculty Director), Jin Sato (Institute of Advanced Studies on Asia), Yujin Yaguchi (School of Interdisciplinary Studies), Naoki Yoshida (Physics), and Akio Takahara (Law and Politics) from the University of Tokyo.

Recent events and initiatives supported by the Strategic Partnership include: