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Japan’s International Cooperation in Education

History and Prospects

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  • Clarifies international cooperation in education as a whole, including basic education, TVET and higher education.
  • Present the results of demonstrative research using policy papers, related documents, and project data.
  • Chapters 1,3,5,9,12,15 are OA chapters.

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Table of contents (16 chapters)


About this book

This book records the history of Japan’s international cooperation in education from the 1950s to 2020. It provides a crucial overview of the nearly 70 years since Japan began engaging in international cooperation in education in order to record and document these efforts that range from basic to higher education to technical and vocational education and training, and the large numbers of people involved in their respective areas of activity and specialization. The book provides useful indicators for exploring new forms of education cooperation in this age of global governance and beyond. The authors include not only researchers but also field practitioners, such as personnel from the Japan International Cooperation Agency and NGOs.

Chapters 1, 3, 5, 9, 12 and 15 are available open access under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License via


“The book under review … provides an excellent and exhaustive account of how Japan’s aid program in education grew over the last six and a half decades. … an exhaustive overview of the evolution of Japan’s aid policy over a long period of 65 years, of the kind presented in the book here, will certainly be of interest to a wider aid community and scholars around the world.” (Jandhyala B G Tilak, Global Comparative Education - Journal of the WCCES, Vol. 6 (2), December, 2022)

Editors and Affiliations

  • JICA Ogata Sadako Research Institute for Peace and Development, Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), Tokyo, Japan

    Nobuko Kayashima

  • Graduate School of Asia-Pacific Studies, Waseda University, Tokyo, Japan

    Kazuo Kuroda

  • Graduate School of Education, The University of Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan

    Yuto Kitamura

About the editors

Nobuko Kayashima is Senior Vice President of Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA). She joined JICA after graduating from Kyoto University in 1982, and she has been playing a leading role in the planning and operation of JICA’s education cooperation programs for four decades. Before her current assignment, she served as Director/Deputy Director of JICA Research Institute (2016–2018), Senior Advisor for Education (2014–2016), Director General of the Human Development Department (2009–2014), Chief Representative of JICA Bangladesh Office (2007–2009), and Group Director for Basic Education (2004–2007). She received her Ph.D. (in international development) from Nagoya University. Her current research interests include education cooperation, internationalization of higher education, and university participation in ODA.

Kazuo Kuroda is Professor at Graduate School of Asia Pacific Studies, Waseda University. He also serves as Visiting Research Fellow at JICA Research Institute, as well as Councilor of Asia-Pacific Cultural Centre for UNESCO, members of several advisory committees of the Japanese government ministries and agencies.  He is also an editorial board member of several academic journals and publications, including the International Journal of Educational Development and Global Comparative Education (WCCES).  He graduated from Waseda University (B.A.), Stanford University (M.A.) and Cornell University (Ph.D.). He has formerly held positions as Member of Japanese National Commission for UNESCO, Visiting Fellow at IIEP-UNESCO, Visiting Professor at the University of Tokyo and Dean of International Affairs at Waseda University. In 2019, He received Universitas 21 (U21) Award.

Yuto Kitamura is Associate Professor at Graduate School of Education, The University of Tokyo. He received his Ph.D. in Education from UCLA. He had worked at UNESCO in Paris and taught at Nagoya University and SophiaUniversity. He was the Fulbright Scholar at the George Washington University. He is currently Associate Member of the Science Council of Japan, Member of the Board of Education at Tokyo Metropolitan Government, and Special Advisor to the Rector at Royal University of Phnom Penh in Cambodia. He is specialized in comparative education and has been conducting his researches extensively on education policy of developing countries, particularly in Southeast Asia. He was awarded the JSPS Prize in 2018, one of the highest honors for young scholars in Japan.

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: Japan’s International Cooperation in Education

  • Book Subtitle: History and Prospects

  • Editors: Nobuko Kayashima, Kazuo Kuroda, Yuto Kitamura

  • Series Title: Education in the Asia-Pacific Region: Issues, Concerns and Prospects

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  • Publisher: Springer Singapore

  • eBook Packages: Education, Education (R0)

  • Copyright Information: JICA Ogata Sadako Research Institute for Peace and Development 2022

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-981-16-6814-2Published: 01 April 2022

  • Softcover ISBN: 978-981-16-6817-3Published: 02 April 2023

  • eBook ISBN: 978-981-16-6815-9Published: 31 March 2022

  • Series ISSN: 1573-5397

  • Series E-ISSN: 2214-9791

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: XX, 365

  • Number of Illustrations: 1 b/w illustrations

  • Topics: International and Comparative Education, History of Education, Education Policy

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