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the Japan Foundation Asia Center carries out
cultural exchange programs to build up heart-to-heart
relationships between people and enrich the future of Asia.


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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EYES for Embracing Diversity : Multicultural Coexistence and Art (Philippines and Japan)

For the Second batch of the EYES Project, Fellows visited Philippines and Japan, and learned about the world phenomena of "human mobility" in both countries. They also had several workshops using art method in order to raise public awareness of diversity.


EYES for Embracing Diversity: Human Mobility and Diversity (Indonesia – 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.

[EYES Fellows]


A photo of Brian Ubungen Tenorio

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

A photo of John Paul Ecarma Maunes

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


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

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


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Kalis Mardi Asih
Researcher and Media Team, GUSDURians Networks Indonesia

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


A photo of Maria Katia Jirata Paredes

Maria Katia Jirata Paredes
Assistant Technical Staff, Gunma University

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YADOMI Akinori
Manager, Saga Prefecture International Relations Association


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Thawatchai Saengthamchai
Managing Director, WHY NOT Social Enterprise

A photo of 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