Since FY2015, Kyoto University has launched “Japan-ASEAN Science, Technology and Innovation Platform (JASTIP): Promotion of Sustainable Development Research” within the framework of the Collaboration Hubs for International Research Program (CHIRP) 2015 funded by the Strategic International Collaborative Research Program (SICORP) of Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST) .
Joint researches between Japan and ASEAN countries have been ongoing for long, and given rise to remarkable achievements in science and technology. In addition, these joint researches have engendered a number of researchers in leading positions and have helped train the researchers who have become subsequent leaders in the field. Our goal is to develop a broader understanding in Japan and the ASEAN society of the academic achievements for which the community should be proud, and to accelerate research that will be a driving force in our shared goal to attain sustainable development under a closer collaboration between Japan and the ASEAN countries. For this type of research promotion, we believe that researchers should not limit themselves to their respective fields of expertise, but should go beyond their research fields and countries for collaboration and dedicate themselves for research and human resource development by working together with various stakeholders involved in sustainable development. We respectfully request that all interested parties find a means of cooperation with this worthwhile goal.