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:


Princeton Day at UTokyo

An event to celebrate the 10th anniversary of The Princeton-University of Tokyo Strategic Partnership. 


Princeton-UTokyo Spring Program on Sustainability

A week-long program for Princeton and University of Tokyo undergraduate students at the UTokyo NYC office and Princeton campus. 


Collaborative research meeting on transnational project analyzing policing and democracy

University of Tokyo professor visited Princeton to lead classes for students enrolled in “Policing and Militarization Today.”


Resumption of in-person collaboration in electrical and computer engineering

University of Tokyo faculty and students visited Princeton to meet with Princeton engineering and computer science faculty and to discuss a 2023 symposium workshop in Tokyo.


Tokyo-Princeton Postdoctoral Fellowship for Research on Contemporary Japan 

The Global Japan Lab and Tokyo College recently hired their first joint post-doctoral scholar to participate in a unique program to support early-career research on contemporary Japan from a global perspective. 


Princeton Office of Population Research (OPR) Visiting Research Scholars 

Two research associates and two graduate students from the University of Tokyo visited the Office of Population Research to meet with Princeton faculty and students and to present their research in progress.


“COVID-19 and Population” Symposium

A public lecture at the University of Tokyo featuring faculty from both universities discussing the social, economic, and health impacts of the coronavirus pandemic in Japan and the US.