This policy aims to promote culture and arts in Japan from the year 2015 to 2020. Not only does it outline the nationwide programs, it also classifies public support for culture and the arts as a strategic investment. This policy promotes five priority strategies for the culture and arts in Japan:

Priority Strategy 1: Effective support for cultural and artistic activities:

  • Conducting focused support towards creative activity that can be a driving force to improve the standard of art.
  • Support the creation of world-class culture and art that can represent Japan.
  • Variety of artistic exchanges between Japan and overseas etc., elaborate and strategic promotion of creative activities while taking in to consideration the characteristics of each field.
  • Planning of cultural policy by various subjects of the region.
  • Support efforts to accept regional and international artists.
  • Enhance and strengthen the national network of the Cultural and Artistic Creative City.
  • A Japanese Arts Council.
  • Promotion of artistic activities for people with disabilities.
  • Promotion of Culture of Life, culture related to food, clothing and shelter.
  • Dissemination of information such as national performances and cultural and artistic events.
  • Cooperation request for funds related to the 2020 Tokyo Games, promotion of activities by private companies.

Priority Strategy 2: Enhancement of human resources that create and support culture and the arts, as well as enhancement of promotional measures for culture and the arts aimed at children and young people:

  • Development of Imagination and Creativity of children and young people.
  • Enhancement of arts education in school.
  • Development and utilization of professional human resources to support the management of cultural and artistic activities and facilities, as part of increasing the number of jobs.
  • Promoting the understanding of the Designated Manager System.
  • Support for traditional techniques and skills to support the traditional culture.

Priority Strategy 3: Ensuring the inheriting of culture and the arts by the next generation, used towards regional development and others:

  • Conserving and passing down cultural property.
  • Regional development and tourism promotion by the active use of cultural property.
  • The creation of the Japan Heritage certification mechanism.
  • Overall preservation and use of cultural properties of regions, using basic historical and cultural concepts.
  • Promoting recommendations and registration to the World Cultural Heritage and Intangible Cultural Heritage of UNESCO.
  • Study of the preservation and use of Underwater Cultural Heritage.

Priority Strategy 4: Promotion of national and international cultural diversity and mutual understanding:

  • Overseas expansion of Japanese art works, artists and people of culture.
  • Enhancement of international art events.
  • Enhancement of activities and contents of cultural exchange at cultural institutions and universities.
  • Studying the promotion of Digital Archiving (of movies, performance art, anime, manga, games, design, photography, architecture, cultural heritage, etc.) and cross-sect development, widely advertising the media art of Japan abroad.
  • Promotion of centers for cultural creation and international dissemination throughout Japan.
  • Using cultural facilities as a Unique Venue, to attract and hold Meetings, Incentives, Conferences and Events (MICE) Unique Venue: A venue which is a historic building, a cultural facility or a public space that is possible to produce a uniqueness or regional characteristics, and is also possible to hold meetings and receptions.
  • Promotion of international cooperation, using advanced knowledge, technology and the experience of Japan in the cultural heritage protection field.
  • Promotion of Culture City of East Asia programs, such as exchanges of young artists in East Asia.
  • The promotion of Japanese language education for foreigners.

Priority Strategy 5: Establishing a system for the Promotion of Culture and the Arts:

  • Enhancement of the functions of nationally owned museums and theaters.
  • Promotion of initiatives based on the Basic Policy on maintenance and management of "a space as a symbol of ethnic coexistence" in order to promote the reconstruction of Ainu culture.
  • Collection of basic data and researches that contribute to the formation of cultural policies.
  • Development of a copyright system that corresponds to our digital network society.
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