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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.



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Call for Applications: 2021-22 Japan Postdoctoral Fellowship

We invite applications from junior scholars for the 2021-22 Postdoctoral Fellowship on Contemporary Japan. The position supports multidisciplinary research in a range of disciplines.
Suga Yoshihide at a press conference at the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) headquarters.

Five Ways in Which Japan's New Prime Minister Differs from Abe

Suga is unlikely to steer Japan away from the direction set by Abe, but key differences could still produce different electoral and policy outcomes for Suga’s administration, writes Program Director Kiyoteru Tsutsui.
Japan's outing Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and incoming Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga hold a flower bouquet

Suga Is Fit to Lead, But Are Voters Ready to Like Him?

Suga's pragmatism-over-ideology approach is a good fit for Japan today, but he needs to find strong policy advisers who know how to sell his strengths to the Japanese public, writes Program Director Kiyoteru Tsutsui.
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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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