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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.



A man cycles past a security fence outside the New National Stadium, the main stadium for the Tokyo Olympics, on June 23, 2021 in Tokyo, Japan

The Long and Winding Road to the 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympics

Public support in Japan has been lackluster for the Tokyo Olympic Games, but the mood may change once the games start, says Program Director Kiyoteru Tsutsui.
President Biden and President Suga walk through the Rose Garden colonnade at the White House

China Looms Large Despite Strong U.S.-Japan Alliance

From security to economics, trade, and human rights issues, the U.S.-Japan alliance has plenty to tackle with its policies towards China, writes Kiyoteru Tsutsui.
Protesters hold signs and chant slogans during a Black Lives Matters Peaceful March on June 14, 2020 in Tokyo, Japan.

What Japan and the US Can Learn from Each Other

In his latest Nikkei Asia op-ed, Kiyoteru Tsutsui compares the costs of racial division and the costs of aversion to diversity in the United States and Japan respectively.

Recently at the Japan Program

The Tokyo Olympics has sparked heated debates in Japan and elsewhere and exposed issues related to governance and gender in Japanese sports associations. Yuko Arimori and Dai Tamesue, two prominent former Olympians who continue to wield significant influence in Japanese sports scenes, joined us to discuss the outlook for the 2021 Games and the future of Japanese sports.

The Tokyo Olympics, COVID-19, and Governance and Gender in Japanese Sports

The Tokyo Olympics, COVID-19, and Governance and Gender in Japanese Sports

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

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

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