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Japan Research Centre

Welcome to the Japan Research Centre

Welcome to the Japan Research Centre

The Japan Research Centre (JRC) has been the forum for Japan -related research activities at SOAS since 1978. The JRC develops and coordinates academic research and teaching, drawing upon the expertise of the Japan specialists who are based in various departments throughout the School.

Constitution for the Japan Research Centre

Forthcoming Events

SOAS Studies in Modern and Contemporary Japan

Published by Bloomsbury, the series features scholarly books on Japan, showcasing new research monographs as well as translations of scholarship not previously available in English.

Bloomsbury News


My term as Chair of the JRC is about to come to an end.  An election procedure recently took place among Japan-related SOAS academics, and I am delighted to announce that Christopher Gerteis was selected, and he has agreed to take on the position.  He will start as new JRC Chair from the forthcoming academic year.  There are many new and exciting avenues of research for the JRC to explore, and I believe that Chris is ideally placed to lead us forward.

Dr Steve Dodd

Academic Staff

With one of the largest concentration of Japan specialists outside Japan the fields covered by academic members of staff include anthropology, art and archaeology, drama, economics, geography, history, language and literature, law, media, music, linguistics, politics, religion and sociology.  

JRC Steering Committee

JRC Academic Staff Publications

Stephen Dodd

The Youth of Things: Life and Death in the Age of Kajii Motojirō

Kirstin Surak

Making Tea, Making Japan
Cultural Nationalism in Practice


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