- Philosophy

In the 70 years since its founding, the International House of Japan has invited world-class intellectuals who symbolized the times to share their thoughts and ideas through lectures and symposiums with counterparts in Japan. In the early years of its founding, I-House invited great thinkers such as Eleanor Roosevelt, who led the drafting of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, George Kennan, who led the U.S. Cold War policy, Arthur J. Toynbee, well known for writing A Study of History, and Jawaharlal Nehru, Prime Minister of India. More recently, we have invited philosophers, thinkers, and intellectuals who have developed new theories of civilization and are leading the times, such as Gayatri Spivak, who advocates the importance of a new humanity against intellectual colonialism, Antonio Negri, one of the world's leading scholars on Spinoza, and American political scientist Joseph Nye, who pioneered the theory of soft power. We will continue this tradition and commit to playing a pivotal role in actively introducing leaders, ideas, and initiatives that will illuminate the uncertain future of this world.


I-House Ushiba

Ushiba Fellowship
Inviting distinguished contemporary thinkers to Japan for the purpose of bringing humankind closer together and transcending the North-South/East-West divides, this short-term exchange program aims at encouraging cultural dialogue for examining global agendas of the 21st century from a critical and alternative perspective.

Lecture Series with
Indo-Pacific Leaders

Leaders Shaping the Future of the Indo-Pacific
A lecture series inviting inspirational public intellectuals in the Indo Pacific working tirelessly to improve the situation of the socially vulnerable through grassroots activities and to learn about their perspectives and ideas.

Japan-India Programs

Japan India Programs
I-House has engaged in various exchange activities with India and Indian intellectuals since its early stages, when Prime Minister Jawaharlal was our guest. The programs offers a set of Japan-India exchange programs, including a distinguished visitors’ program, a seminar series on India, and performing arts events.

International House of Japan

Asia Pacific Initiative