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Japan Program

Fostering social science-oriented research and education on policy-relevant issues of contemporary Japan

Who We Are

The Japan Program at Stanford’s Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center cultivates multidisciplinary research and education on contemporary Japanese affairs. Through collaboration with experts from academia, government, business, and civil society, we engage in policy-relevant dialogue and scholarship to promote a comprehensive understanding of the internal and external political, economic, and social factors that influence the progress and development of Japan and its role within the Asia-Pacific region and on the world’s stage.

 

IN THE SPOTLIGHT

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Webinar: Sparking Joy Across the Pacific: How KonMari Became a Global Success

Join us on January 27 to learn about KonMari's success in media strategy to deliver content from Japan to the United States.
Cover of the book 'The Courteous Power Japan and Southeast Asia in the Indo-Pacific Era'

The Courteous Power: Japan and Southeast Asia in the Indo-Pacific Era

Co-edited by Kiyoteru Tsutsui, this new volume provides fresh perspectives on the relationship between Japan and Southeast Asian nations and the balance in the Indo-Pacific region.
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APARC Summer Internships Open to Stanford Students

Stanford students interested in contemporary Japan: APARC is hiring paid research assistant interns for the duration of the summer 2022 quarter. Applications are due by March 1.

Recently at the Japan Program

Rieko Kage (University of Tokyo) and Dan Smith (Columbia University) joined us to examine what's now and what's next for Japanese domestic politics.

Japan under Prime Minister Kishida: The LDP Presidential Election and the Upcoming House of Representatives Election

Japan under Prime Minister Kishida: The LDP Presidential Election and the Upcoming House of Representatives Election

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Research

We study the economy, politics, societal challenges, and regional and international relations of contemporary Japan.

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Education

We support students and emerging talent in exploring contemporary Japanese affairs and U.S.-Japan relations.

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