The Nippon Foundation, as part of its Read Japan Project, on Wednesday donated 92 books to the Centre for Strategic Studies (CSS) at the University of Jordan (UJ).
The project aims to support studies and research in Jordan on Japan and to enhance understanding between the two counties, according to a Japanese embassy statement.
Japan’s Ambassador to Jordan Shimazaki Kaoru and CSS Director Zaid Eyadat attended the ceremony.
The 92 books cover different aspects of Japan, from its history, literature, and culture to contemporary political and economic situation, the statement said.
During his meeting with Eyadat, Shimazaki voiced his appreciation of the advanced research conducted by the CSS, expressing hopes that the donated books would contribute to further enhancing CSS’ research capability, especially in relation to Japan.
Eyadat expressed his gratitude for the donation, reaffirming that the CSS researchers will fully capitalise on the donated books that can contribute to the quality of their research.
The CSS director also discussed means of strengthening cooperation with think tanks and research institutions in Japan and developing relations between the UJ and Japanese universities, including holding an annual conference on Japan’s policies in the Middle East, the statement said.
The Nippon Foundation is a private, non-profit organisation in Japan. Established in 1962, it carries out a wide range of philanthropic activities both within and outside of Japan, according to the statement.
Launched in 2008, the goal of the Read Japan Project is to use outstanding books to provide readers around the world with an accurate picture of Japan. In particular, the foundation hopes to reach out to young researchers who are interested in Japan, as well as opinion leaders and intellectuals, the statement said.