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Japan strengthens ‘alliance of hope’ with US

The Japanese government is to invest $15 million in three leading universities in the United States, to support research on Japanese politics and foreign policy.

A government announcement on 27 April outlines plans for contributions of $5 million each to Columbia University, Georgetown University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The plans were set out by prime minister Shinzō Abe on a visit to the MIT.

“It is expected that the contributions will further develop Japanese studies at these universities in the relevant fields, and will contribute to promoting understanding with regard to Japan in the US in the future,” the government said.

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