Discuss Japan-Japan Foreign Policy Forum

“Celebrating the 40th anniversary of the Treaty of Peace and Friendship between Japan and the People’s Republic of China” (Aug 20, 2018)

TAKEDA Tomoki, Professor, Faculty of Law Department of Political Science, Daito Bunka University

“Multilayered Security Cooperation Through the New Type of the Anglo-Japanese Alliance” (Aug 06, 2018)

AKIMOTO Chiaki, Director of The Royal United Services Institute (RUSI) Japan

“Japanese “Armitage-Nye Report” Launched” (August 2, 2017)

Tanaka Akihiko, President, National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS)

“Japan and the European migrant crisis: Not “someone else’s problem” (September 11, 2017)

Watanabe Hirotaka, Director, Institute for International Relations, Tokyo University of Foreign Studies

“An Inside View from the Advisory Council on Easing the Burden of the Official Duties and Public Activities of His Majesty the Emperor ― Looking back at seven months that decided the Emperor’s future” (May 21, 2018)

Mikuriya Takashi, Deputy Chair of the Advisory Council on Easing the Burden of the Official Duties and Public Activities of His Majesty the Emperor, Professor Emeritus of the University of Tokyo

“Society and Science on iPS Cells ― Think about the next decade with a focus on the ethical, legal and social issues” (October 26, 2017)

Yashiro Yoshimi, Assistant to the President of the Japanese Society for Regenerative Medicine, Associate Professor in the Uehiro Research Division for iPS Cell Ethics, Center for iPS Cell Research and Application (CiRA), Kyoto University

The True Home of Japan Studies Is Not Japan: Academic rivals are skilled at reading cursive script and transliterating classical Chinese into Japanese NEW

Who really “owns” Japan studies? In the list of academic fields eligible for Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research by the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science, no such field as “Japan Studies” exists. If one searches the list for the keyword “regional studies,” there is “East Asia,” “South East Asia,” “South Asia,” “West and Central Asia,” etc., but there is no “Japan.” Although there are research and education organizations with Japan studies in their title (I also conduct joint research with them), I think that they take an extra effort when applying for research funds. It is not my intention in this article to criticize how, within Japan, Japan studies are treated as if they do not exist in that grant scheme. Yet, if it is true that the readers of this article (including specialist researchers) assume that Japan studies are mostly undertaken by ... [Read more]