JICA signed the memorandum of understanding with the Open University of Japan in 2019. Since then, the two organizations have been working to produce the content that serves as learning material on the modern history and development experience of Japan. As part of such efforts, they produced the Japanese Modernization Lecture Series program and began to broadcast it on the BS 231 channel of the Open University of Japan (also known as "BS Campus ex").
This program covers Japan’s modernization experiences from the closing years of the Edo period (1603-1867) to the Meiji period (1868-1912) and thereafter, as well as the nation’s political history and development experience after World War II. JICA President (title as at the time of production) Dr. Kitaoka Shinichi and other prominent experts served as lecturers, introducing all these Japanese experiences with ample historical material.
JICA and the Open University of Japan have produced these series not only for foreigners to learn about Japan, but also for Japanese citizens aspiring to play a part in the international community to better express Japan’s experiences and expertise in English.