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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.



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, Japan Program Director Kiyoteru Tsutsui compares the costs of racial division and the costs of aversion to diversity in the United States and Japan respectively.
A man wearing a face mask prays for the new year at Meiji Shrine in Tokyo, Japan.

Japan's Challenges in 2021 are Greater than its Opportunities

COVID-19 and the political scandals of his predecessor have docked Suga's approval ratings, but successfully handling the summer Olympics and taking further strides in foreign policy may help him rebound.
Photos of China's Xi Jinping walking and Japan's Yoshihide Suga speaking at a podium

How Japan's Suga Can Build an Alliance to Counter China

The Quad has long been underutilized and loosely organized, but with careful navigating, Suga could leverage growing unease with China's actions to formally raise the profile and scope of the coalition.
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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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