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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.



Autumn scene on the Stanford campus with a call to apply for APARC's 2022-23 fellowships for Asia schoalrs

Applications for Our 2022-23 Postdoctoral Fellowship Now Open

We invite junior scholars from a broad range of disciplines to apply for the 2022-23 Postdoctoral Fellowship on Contemporary Japan. Submissions are due by January 3, 2022.
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

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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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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