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About the Japan Program

Our Mission and Work


Established in 2011, the Japan Program (formerly the Japan Studies Program) at Stanford University facilitates multidisciplinary, social science-oriented research on contemporary Japan. Our mission is to promote a comprehensive understanding of Japanese affairs and the changing dynamics of Japan's role within the Asia-Pacific region and the world.

We produce policy-relevant research on a range of Japanese political, economic, and societal issues and collaborate with experts from academia, government, business, and civil society. Together, we create and disseminate reports, books, and journal articles that promote a nuanced understanding of contemporary Japan and U.S.-Japan relations. Our conferences, seminars, and panel discussions bring some of the most pressing challenges of contemporary Asia to the forefront and illuminate a constructive path forward for both Japan and the greater Asia-Pacific region.

The Japan Program is one of several research programs housed at the Walter H. Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center (Shorenstein APARC) in the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies (FSI). Japan studies took root at APARC as early as the Center’s founding in 1983 and focused on Japanese economics, industry, government, and international relations. Learn more about the history of Japan studies at APARC and Stanford.

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Our Leadership

The Japan Program is led by Kiyoteru Tsutsui, Professor of Sociology, Senior Fellow at FSI, and the Henri H. and Tomoye Takahashi Professor and Senior Fellow in Japanese Studies at the Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center.

Our Community

In addition to our core faculty and researchers, each year the Japan Program sponsors visiting scholars who join us to share their expertise, expand their knowledge, and collaborate on research initiatives with Stanford faculty and senior fellows who specialize in Japan and East Asia. Visiting scholars have the opportunity to present their own research to the larger community through seminars and colloquia


Contact Us

For questions about the Japan Program, please contact Kana Igarashi Limpanukorn, our program coordinator.

Visit Us

The Japan Program is located at Stanford’s Walter H. Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center in the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies.