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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.



Kiyoteru Tsutsui

Kiyoteru Tsutsui Appointed Japan Program Director

We are delighted to welcome sociologist Kiyoteru Tsutsui as the Henri H. and Tomoye Takahashi Professor and Senior Fellow in Japanese Studies, our Japan Program Director, and Senior Fellow at FSI.
South Koreans participate in a rally to denounce Japan's new trade restrictions and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on August 24, 2019 in Seoul, South Korea.

Elucidating the Heightened Japan-South Korea Friction

A recent conference sheds light on the underlying reasons for the tensions over diplomatic relations and trade issues between Japan and South Korea and the role of the United States.
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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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