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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

Kiyoteru Tsutsui and book, Human Rights and the State

Kiyoteru Tsutsui Wins 44th Suntory Prize for Arts and Sciences

The prize honors Tsutsui's book 'Human Rights and the State' for its original contributions to and broad perspectives on the field of History and Civilization.
Portrait of Kiyoteru Tsutsui and 3D mockup cover of his book 'Human Rights and the State: the Power of Ideas and the Reality of International Politics' (in Japanese)

Kiyoteru Tsutsui Wins the 2022 Ishibashi Tanzan Book Award

Tsutsui's book 'Human Rights and the State' is recognized for excellence in the fields of politics and international relations and commitment to liberalism and democracy.

Recently at the Japan Program

Caught in the Middle? Japanese Perspectives on the US-China Competition | Chisako Masuo, Ryo Sahashi

Caught in the Middle? Japanese Perspectives on the US-China Competition | Chisako Masuo, Ryo Sahashi

Digitally Transforming Japan: A Conversation with former Digital Minister Karen Makishima

Digitally Transforming Japan: A Conversation with former Digital Minister Karen Makishima

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

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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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