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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

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Upcoming Webinar: The New Landscape of Economic Security and the U.S.-Japan Alliance

Join us on May 9 for our upcoming Japan Program Spring Quarter webinar discussing what roles the US-Japan alliance should play in formulating new foreign policies and economic frameworks
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Postdoc Fellow Mary-Collier Wilks on Power Dynamics in International Organizations

Our Postdoctoral Fellow Mary-Collier Wilks unveils how distinct narratives shape the ways in which international organizations from the U.S. and Japan deliver services in Southeast Asia.
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Japan’s Top Envoy to the U.S. Discusses the State of Japan Studies in Higher Education

At a meeting with experts from Stanford and UC Berkeley, Japanese Ambassador to the US Koji Tomita stressed the importance of bilateral academic collaboration in the continual development of the U.S.-Japan partnership.

Recently at the Japan Program

Japan’s Foreign Policy in the Aftermath of the Russian Invasion of Ukraine

Japan’s Foreign Policy in the Aftermath of the Russian Invasion of Ukraine

Energy Innovation in Japan and the Future of Climate Change

Energy Innovation in Japan and the Future of Climate Change

Tapping the Untapped Human Resource Potential with Social Tech

Tapping the Untapped Human Resource Potential with Social Tech

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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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