Japan-United States Collaboration Group

The Japan-United States Collaboration Group seeks to initiate, promote, and facilitate collaboration between Japanese planners and American planners through networking, knowledge sharing, and project partnership.

Japan and the United States hold prominent roles in promoting sustainable urban development across the world. The two countries also face common challenges. A robust and effective collaboration in urban planning between Japan and the United States will benefit the two countries and the rest of the world. It will also demonstrate the power of democracy in addressing global urban issues.

Our goals include:

  1. Provide a platform for Japanese and American planners to exchange knowledge on issues of significance to both countries, such as sustainable development, aging community, housing, and disaster mitigation & recovery.
  2. Improve mutual understanding of urban development and culture between planners of the two countries, building a foundation for effective and robust collaboration.
  3. Identify the best planning practice in the two countries and share them with planners in both countries and the rest of the world.
  4. Facilitate networking and supporting planners and students of the two countries in their career development.
  5. Promote collaboration between APA Divisions/Interest Groups and Japanese institutes on projects and research.

Leadership Team

Takafumi Inoue, AICP | Co-Chair
Jing Zhang, AICP | Co-Chair

If you have any questions or if you would like to get involved, please contact us at JUSCOG.planning@gmail.com