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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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Fall 2023 Japan and Asia Studies Fellowship Applications Now Open

We offer postdoctoral fellowships in contemporary Japan and Asia broadly defined and postdoctoral and visiting fellowships with APARC's new policy lab.
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Reflections on Former Prime Minister of Japan Shinzo Abe's Legacy

The assassination of Shinzo Abe will change Japanese politics, shaking up the ruling Liberal Democratic Party, writes Japan Program Director Kiyoteru Tsutsui.
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New Book by Kiyoteru Tsutsui: Human Rights and the State

Kiyoteru Tsutsui's latest book explores the paradox underlying the expansion of universal human rights and Japan's engagement with human rights ideas and laws.

Recently at the Japan Program

How Can Women “Shine” Brighter in Japan? Gains and Obstacles in Women’s Advancement in Japan

How Can Women “Shine” Brighter in Japan? Gains and Obstacles in Women’s Advancement in Japan

The New Landscape of Economic Security and the U.S.-Japan Alliance

The New Landscape of Economic Security and the U.S.-Japan Alliance

Japan’s Foreign Policy in the Aftermath of the Russian Invasion of Ukraine

Japan’s Foreign Policy in the Aftermath of the Russian Invasion of Ukraine

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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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