While this award is open to any disciplines, the Commission prioritizes projects in the social sciences and humanities, to promote research and study in the following five fields of study as they relate to the U.S. and Japan and broader global society.
1. Study of Japan
Study of the society and culture of Japan through such fields as history, political science, economics, law, journalism, literature, and sociology.
2. Japan-U.S. Relations in the Indo-Pacific
Study of contemporary social, political, economic, and security issues between Japan and the U.S. in relation with the Indo-Pacific region.
3. Critical Issues of Contemporary Society
Study of contemporary social issues in Japan and the U.S. Subjects of particular interest include risk or crisis management, ethical and other issues of rapid technological development, urbanization, the family, aging society, economic disparity, and criminology.
4. Global Issues
Study of issues occurring on a global scale. Subjects of particular interest include public health, trade, labor and mobility, migration, environment, energy, diversity and inclusion, demographic issues and other related topics to the sustainable development goals (SDGs).
Study of contemporary issues for all levels of educational systems in Japan and the U.S. A comparative perspective is encouraged. Subjects of particular interest include all aspects of internationalization, global skill competency development, foreign language acquisition, structural and curricular reform, and the role of education in society.