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What is SATREPS?
SATREPS is a research program organized jointly by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and the Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST), in which researchers from Japan and from developing nations will spend three to five years working together in joint research projects designed to solve global-scale issues(*).

*Issues that would be difficult for a single country or region to solve by itself, and whose solution thus require the joint efforts of international society (e.g. environmental issues, energy issues, natural disasters (and the prevention thereof), infectious diseases, food shortages, etc.).

A large reason that this program was founded was that there has recently been a rapid increase in threats from global issues, such as countermeasures for infectious diseases and global warming, for which there could be little prospect of a solution unless our current sciences and technologies are developed further. In order to develop and apply the new technologies, acquire the new knowledge, and promote the innovation necessary to actually solve such issues, it is essential that the research community at large makes an active and collective commitment to this cause. It goes without saying that global-scale issues affect not only one country or region, but every single country around the world – including Japan. Developing countries are particularly vulnerable to the effects of such issues, and thus need to have research and development suited to their own local needs. As such, there is a high level of expectation surrounding the excellent science and technology that we have in Japan.

At the same time, it is growing increasingly urgent that these developing nations improve their overall abilities (and develop the necessary human resources) to handle such issues, and raise the level of their science and technologies in order to achieve sustainable development (i.e. improve the independent research and development capabilities of their universities and research institutions, and build structures to promote sustainable activities towards the solution of these issues). Furthermore, it is absolutely vital that we strengthen our research partnerships with these developing nations – both in order that our human society as a whole (including Japan) can achieve sustainable development, and that we can promote further research in fields like these which are becoming more and more important to those of us in the Japanese research community with each passing day.

Please see the SATREPS website for further details on SATREPS.

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