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About JSPS

The Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS), or widely recognized as “Gakushin” for short, is an independent administrative institution, established by way of a national law for the purpose of contributing to the advancement of science in all fields of the natural and social sciences and the humanities. JSPS plays a pivotal role in the administration of a wide spectrum of Japan’s scientific and academic programs. While working within the broad framework of government policies established to promote scientific advancement, JSPS carries out its programs in a manner flexible to the needs of the participating scientists.

JSPS was founded in 1932 as a non-profit foundation. Over this 80-year period, JSPS has worked continuously to develop and implement a far-reaching array of domestic and international scientific programs. On October 1, 2003, JSPS entered a new phase with its conversion to an independent administrative institution, as which it will strive to optimize the effectiveness and efficiency of its management so as to improve the quality of the services it offers to individual researchers, universities, and research institutes.

Its main functions are:

  • To foster young researchers,
  • To promote international scientific cooperation,
  • To award Grants-in-Aid for Scientific Research,
  • To support scientific cooperation between the academic community and industry, and
  • To collect and distribute information on scientific research activities.

For details, please visit the JSPS headquarters’ website.

About JSPS Bangkok Office

Launched in 1989, the Bangkok Office was the third overseas liaison office to be established by the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS). Centrally located within Southeast Asia, the office works to promote scientific exchange with Japan throughout the region.

Our wide spectrum of specializations from the humanities and social sciences to the natural sciences has added much depth and breadth to the office’s programs. In July 2020, Prof. Dr. Yoshio OTANI was newly appointed as the office director.
In 1978, JSPS signed an MOU with the National Research Council of Thailand (NRCT) to promote collaboration in fields of the natural and social sciences and the humanities between Thai and Japanese researchers. Many of the JSPS Bangkok Office’s activities are carried out with NRCT’s strong support and cooperation.

Recently, JSPS Bangkok Office supports JSPS alumni association for following up JSPS former fellows’ activities. Currently the office supports Thailand, India, Bangladesh, Philippines, Nepal, Indonesia, Malaysia.

Roles of the JSPS Bangkok Office

  • To provide liaison between JSPS and universities and academic institutions in the region.
  • To serve as an information hub for academic cooperation between researchers in the region and Japan.
  • To maintain and strengthen relationships with former JSPS fellows and program participants.
  • To assist Japanese researchers, administrators and others who visit Thailand or other areas of the region for the purpose of international scientific exchange.

Greeting from Director

Otani Yoshio

Otani Yoshio

My name is Otani Yoshio. I was appointed Director of JSPS Bangkok Office on July 1, 2020. Prior to this, I was Vice President of Kanazawa University in charge of International Affairs and promoted student/researcher exchange programs mainly with Thailand, Russia, China, and South Korea as part of SGU (Top Global University Project) and Inter-University Exchange Project.
My association with Thailand started as a JICA short term expert, where I was involved in counterpart training at the Faculty of Engineering of Thammasat University when it was established over twenty years ago. Maximizing the advantages of the Bangkok Office in Thailand situated at the center of ASEAN region, I would like to contribute to the internationalization of Japanese universities.

July 1, 2020

Otani Yoshio
JSPS Bangkok Office

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JSPS Bangkok Office

No.1016/3, 10th Fl.,
Serm-Mit Tower,
159 Sukhumvit Soi 21,
Bangkok 10110

TEL : +66-2661-6533


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