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Think Tank

The HUJPN Think Tank has always aspired to bridge the gap between expansive research resources regarding Japan overseas and those in need in Japan while creating precious learning opportunities for undergraduates to directly communicate with government entities in Japan and the US to create evidence-based recommendations on important policy topics.

Project with the Digital Agency, Government of Japan
(Fall 2023 - Spring 2024)

From Fall 2023 through Spring 2024, the HUJPN Think Tank Unit collaborated with the Digital Agency, Government of Japan. The Digital Agency is a new agency of the Japanese government, launched in 2021. A group of seven researchers conducted a comprehensive literature review, expert interviews, and other forms of analysis on evidence-based policy making (EBPM) in foreign governments to make practical recommendations. 


Project with the City of Tsukuba (Fall 2022)

In Fall 2022, six undergraduates from Harvard College and Boston University worked closely with the City of Tsukuba in Ibaraki, Japan (sister city of Cambridge, MA). We conducted a comprehensive case study analysis on worker cooperatives and local digital currency as two potentially effective means to lead community revitalization. In December 2022, three members visited the city for a tour of declining peripheral areas led by city officials and a discussion with Mayor Igarashi and officials about our findings. In January, we submitted a final report to the city, detailing what factors would lead to successful use of the means and how Tsukuba should utilize them in the specific contexts.  Although the project was conducted fully in English, the final report was written in Japanese. 

※ English report is available upon request

Are you interested in working with us?

HUJPN offers a wide-range policy consultation for governments, NPOs, NGOs, private companies, and any other entities looking for professional economic and social research on Japan's pressing issues. We have a diverse group of members, specializing in economics, data science, computer science, environmental science, law, and other critical fields. HUJPN also holds strong connections with academic institutions and foreign governments, which helps us provide evidence-based and practical policy recommendations. 

Please contact for more information on how HUJPN can help your organization.

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