About Us

JSPS Washington Office


The Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) 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 by disbursing research grants, fostering the next generation of scientists, promoting international scientific collaboration, and advancing university reform.

Expanding and enhancing international collaboration is one of the most important elements in JSPS’s effect to advance science. From this point of view, JSPS has established a total of 10 overseas offices in 9 countries. JSPS Washington Office was founded in 1990 to promote international scientific collaboration mainly with the U.S. and Canada.


1: Dissemination and gathering of information on science in Japan and US

  • Liaising with mainly US research promotion organizations
  • Gathering information from the US
  • Holding symposium

2: Promotion of researchers exchange

  • Invitation of US and Canada researchers to Japan
  • Support for US and Canada JSPS Alumni Association
  • Sending Japanese researchers to US
  • Support for UJA (United Japanese researchers Around the world)

3: Others

  • Supporting the overseas outreach activities of Japanese universities


1990: JSPS Washington Office was established on 1800 K Street NW, Washington, DC
2010: The office location was moved to 2001 L Street NW, Suite 1050 (adjacent to JST)


Dr. Junji Urakawa, Director
Mr. Yuki Komatsuzaki, Deputy Director
Mr. Thet Win, Liaison Officer
Ms. Keiko Kabashima, International Program Associate (from Tokai University)
Ms. Miho Yasuda, International Program Associate (from Osaka Metropolitan University)

In front of the Museum of Contemporary Art Arlington


JSPS Washington Office
2001 L Street NW, Suite 1050
Washington, DC 20036, USA
telephone: +1 202 659 8190
fax: +1 202 659 8199
e-mail: was-info[at]overseas.jsps.go.jp 

Office Location


  1. By car:
    Enter 2001 L Street NW, Washington, DC 20036 into your GPS.
    This address will take you directly to the office building where public parking is available.
  2. By Metro:
    (Red Line) – Farragut North Station: Walk west at the intersection of Connecticut Avenue and L Street. Continue walking until 20th Street. The office entrance is at the intersection of L Street and 20th Street.
    (Orange/Silver Line) – Farragut West Station: Walk west along I Street. Once at 20th Street, walk north towards L Street.

JSPS Tokyo HQ website

JSPS Tokyo HQ website

US and Canada JSPS Alumni Association

US and Canada JSPS Alumni Association website


Global Researcher Network

United Japanese researchers Around the world

United Japanese researchers Around the world website

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