What is SGRA

Contributing to good global citizenship through the principle of harmony in diversity.


SGRA is short for the Sekiguchi Global Research Association (pronounced as SEGRA). It is a Civil Society Organization (CSO) based in Sekiguchi, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo, Japan and has a mission to reach out globally. It is run by the Atsumi International Foundation (AIF), which was formed at the behest of the the late Takeo Atsumi (former President of Kajima Construction) as the Atsumi International Scholarship Foundation (AISF). SGRA’s mission is to contribute to good global citizenship under the principle of harmony in diversity. AISF/AIF alumni form the core of SGRA –  all of whom are former AISF/AIF scholarship recipients who are non-Japanese nationals who at the time of receiving the scholarship were in the final stages of Ph.D. work at a Japanese university. SGRA is also engaged in lay person-oriented research in Japan studies, environmental/energy , global citizenship, peace/security, human resource development, IT, education, and historical issues. All individuals of goodwill irrespective of nationality, social rank, or field of intellectual pursuit are welcome to participate in SGRA events.


SGRA holds at least four forums per year in Japan and regularly publishes the SGRA report (generally in Japanese, although there are special issues published in other languages as well). SGRA also has regular international collaborations with like-minded institutions in the Philippines, the Republic of Korea, China, and Mongolia.


SGRA’s homepage (Japanese) can be found here.