The Japan Foundation Asia Center carries out
mutual exchange programs and cooperative work
between the people of Asian countries and regions.


EYES for Embracing Diversity

Indonesia, Japan

EYES for Embracing Diversity (EYES project) is a networking project for practitioners, researchers, and educators in the Southeast Asian regions and Japan who have been striving to create a diverse and inclusive society. As such, the EYES project aims to deepen discussion and also promote the importance of social, religious, cultural diversity with communities and the world.

This project in FY2017 ,  FY2018 and FY2019 is certified as beyond 2020 program.

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Program Advisor

Megumi-Yuki Professor, Gunma-University EYES-for-Embracing-Diversity-Program-Advisor

Megumi Yuki (Professor, Higher Education Center, Organization for Higher Education and Student Service, Gunma University)

Completed Ph.D. at University of Tokyo. Appointed Full-Time Lecturer in Faculty of Education, Gunma University in 1996. Appointed as a Professor in 2009. Has held this current position since June, 2012. Specializes in educational sociology. Uses ethnographic methods to explore the issue of multicultural coexistence from the standpoint of ordinary citizens. Has conducted field surveys including a survey on school non-attendance (joint project with the Oizumi Municipal Board of Education), and a nationwide survey of South American schools in Japan (commissioned by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology–MEXT). Yuki uses the findings from such research to develop programs and activities in collaboration with local communities, and has led the planning and operations of various national projects related to human mobility and diversity.

EYES for Embracing Diversity: Human Mobility and Diversity 2017-2018 in Indonesia and Japan

In the first edition of the EYES project, held in November 2017, the EYES fellows spent a week in Indonesia, where the Muslim population is the majority. In the first part of the program, the fellows learned about inter-religious dialogue which is one of the major challenges with regards to diversity in Indonesia. Then, 8 months later, in July 2018, the fellows came together again in Japan to have discussions with foreign residents in order to understand diversity in Japan through its today's unique implementation of "Tabunka Kyosei (Multicultural symbiosis)".

At the end of the project, the fellows gave a presentation in Tokyo on what they had learned.

2017 EYES Fellows


Brian Ubungen Tenorio

Brian Ubungen Tenorio
Founder and Chair, Philippines LGBT Chamber of Commerce

John Paul Ecarma Maunes

John Paul Ecarma Maunes 
Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Philippine Accessible Disability Services Inc.


Ratna Verma

Ratna Verma
Assistant Professor, Institute of Health Management Research University (IHMRU)

Subhi Dhupar

Subhi Dhupar
North India Regional Coordinator, United Religions Initiatives (URI)


Kalis Mardi Asih

Kalis Mardi Asih
Researcher and Media Team, GUSDURians Networks Indonesia

Sarah Monica

Sarah Monica
Member, Abdurrahman Wahid Centre, University of Indonesia (AWC-UI)


Maria Katia Jirata Paredes
Assistant Technical Staff, Gunma University

Akinori Yadomi

Akinori Yadomi
Manager, Saga Prefecture International Relations Association


Thawatchai Saengthamcha

Thawatchai Saengthamchai
Managing Director, WHY NOT Social Enterprise

Tiwaporn Himasakul

Tiwaporn Himasakul
Project Officer, Labour Rights Promotion Network Foundation (LPN)

Program Schedule (July 6 to 15, 2018)

  • July 6: Arrival in Japan, Orientation
  • July 7: Lecture and Discussion
    • "New Challenges for Japan: Can Japan Open to the World?" by Mr. Toshihiro Menju
    • "EYES for Embracing Diversity 2018 in Gunma: Objectives, Method and Expected Effects" by Prof. Megumi Yuk
  • July 8: Discussion with educational supporters and foreign residents (Ota city, Gunma)
  • July 9: Visit to Public Primary School, Japanese Brazilian School (Oizumi town, Gunma)
  • July 10: Fieldwork (Kawaba villege, Gunma)
  • July 11: Fieldwork (Kawaba villege, Gunma)
  • July 12: Visit to Shinjuku Okubo Library, Shinjuku Multicultural Plaza (Shinjuku ward, Tokyo)
  • July 13: Wrap-up Discussion
  • July 14: Final sharing & Discussion
  • July 15: Departure
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Schedule (November 26 to December 2, 2017)

  • November 26:
    Arrival in Jakarta, Indonesia
  • November 27:
    Orientation, Visits to Islamic Research Organisation/Institution, the Wahid Institute
  • November 28:
    Visit to Islamic boarding school
  • November 29:
    Visit to public primary school.
  • November 30:
    Visit to Migrant Care, Indonesia Diaspora Network
  • November 31:
    Visit to the largest mosque in Southeast Asia, Istiqlal Mosque, Jakarta
  • December 1:
    Wrap-up Discussion
  • December 2:
    Departure from Jakarta