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Basic Policy on the Promotion of Cultures and the Arts

Basic Policy on the Promotion of Culture and the Arts - Creating the future with cultural and artistic resources - (4th Basic Policy) (Cabinet decision on May 22, 2015)

Based on the provision of the Fundamental Law for the Promotion of Culture and the Arts (Law No. 148 of 2001), the government of Japan developed the Basic Policy on the Promotion of Culture and the Arts - Creating the future with cultural and artistic resources - (4th Basic Policy) for comprehensive promotion of culture and arts related policies (cabinet decision on May 22, 2015). The 4th Basic Policy was developed for the next six years (FY2015-2020) based on a report issued by the Council for Cultural Affairs, the "Basic Policy on the Promotion of Culture and the Arts - Creating a future with cultural and artistic resources - (4th Basic Policy) " (April 16, 2015).

Basic Policy on the Promotion of Culture and the Arts - Creating the future with cultural and artistic resources - (4th Basic Policy) outline (unofficial and provisional English translation) (601KB)

Cultural Administration at the Local Level

The Agency's Involvement in the Power of Culture from Kansai Project

Since its launch in May 2003 following a proposal by the late Hayao Kawai, Commissioner for Cultural Affairs, the Power of Culture from Kansai Project Promoting Conference and various bodies including cultural organizations, companies, local governments, and the Agency for Cultural Affairs are developing cultural activities. The Agency has established the Office for Promotion of the "Power of Culture from Kansai" Project in the Kyoto National Museum for the five years since January 2007 to make sure that this work would take root. Since April 2012, its office has moved to the former main building of the Kyoto prefectural government to reinforce its operations.


Cultural and Artistic Creative Cities

Following the enormous structural changes faced by post-industrial Europe, culture and the arts have been used to promote industry and revitalize local communities, through collaborations between the public sector, artists, cultural organizations, businesses, universities, and local people. This movement has drawn ever more attention domestically and internationally as "creative cities." UNESCO launched a program called the Creative Cities Network in 2004. Its aim was to maintain cultural diversity while maximizing the potential of cultural industries throughout the world by supporting strategic coordination between cities.
This concept of Cultural and Artistic Creative Cities, in which culture and the arts are used in a cross-sectoral manner to promote tourism and industry and revitalize local communities, was introduced by the Agency for Cultural Affairs in order to address local issues. The Agency supports such cities by awarding commendations from the Commissioner for Cultural Affairs and building domestic networks.

Building domestic networks (Program to Promote Cultural and Artistic Creative Cities)

In order to support municipalities’ work on Cultural and Artistic Creative Cities, the Agency forms a foundation for revitalizing the whole country through culture and the arts, and builds domestic networks of Cultural and Artistic Creative Cities by collecting and providing information and offering training.

Contact

Policy Planning and Coordination Division, Commissioner's Secretariat, Agency for Cultural Affairs

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