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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.  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.  With one of the largest concentration of Japan specialists outside Japan, the JRC acts as a national and international centre for Japanese studies.  The Centre also hosts research associates and visiting scholars who are working on projects relevant to the Centre.

The activities of the Centre include:

  • Organising weekly Centre seminars during term time
  • Organising two annual lectures, known from their sponsors as the Tsuda Lecture and the Meiji Jingu Autumn Lecture, and the at which senior international figures in Japanese Studies are invited to present a major piece of work.
  • Hosting the WG Beasley Memorial Lecture in tribute of Professor William Gerald Beasley (1919–2006), a leading figure in the development of Japanese Studies in Britain.
  • Publishing an annual newsletter, JRC Annual Review, which reports the activities of the Centre and its member and lists past and forthcoming events in SOAS
  • Maintaining an up-to-date website of Japan-related activities in SOAS
  • Offering the Tsuda bursary and Meiji Jingu studentships to PhD students
  • Maintaining close links with Japanese scholars, Japanese universities, and the Japanese community in London. The Centre invites eminent Japanese scholars to strengthen its research and teaching capacities. It also receives a number of Japanese scholars visiting Britain.

For further information contact the Centres and Programmes Office.

Constitution

Constitution for the 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

100 Years of Japanese Studies at SOAS

A special event marking 100 years of Japanese Studies was held at SOAS on 1 February 2016. The discussion focused on the story of the Dulwich Boys and their achievements, as well as celebrating the expansion and diversity of Japanese studies over subsequent decades. Watch the 'Dulwich Boys and Beyond: 100 Years of Japanese Studies at SOAS' panel discussion

The story of the Dulwich Boys, a group of young men who studied Japanese at SOAS, University of London during the Second World War, has been featured in the BBC’s Magazine. Read the full story of the Dulwich Boys

Japanese Studies at SOAS, University of London by Professor Andrew Gerstle and Dr Alan Cummings

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

SOAS Students

Current MPhil and PhD students pursuing projects on Japan

Japan Economy Network

The Japan Economy Network (JEN) was established in July 2015 to promote research on the Japanese economy in comparative perspective and facilitate exchange between researchers with an active research interest in the Japanese Economy. The JEN is an informal network open to researchers from academia, think tanks, international organisations, central banks, governments, NGOs and the private sector. JEN is hosted by SOAS, University of London.

For further information on JEN or to become a member please visit the JEN webpage and contact Ulrich Volz

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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

Professor Paul Webley, CBE

The JRC are deeply saddened by the death of Professor Paul Webley, CBE, former Director of SOAS University of London.

Professor Webley took office as Director and Principal of SOAS in August 2006. He made a tremendous contribution to SOAS and was a great supporter of Japanese studies.

Last year, in the 2015 New Year’s Honours he was awarded a CBE for his work as the leader of a renowned specialist institution, as an eminent economic psychologist, as a member and chair of many influential bodies in higher education and as an unstinting champion of specialised research and of freedom of speech.

Key Facts

  • With over 1000 undergraduate and postgraduate students at SOAS whose interdisciplinary studies include an aspect centred on Japan or Japanese no other institution in Europe has such a high concentration of students with a focus on the field.
  • The SOAS library holds some 160,000 monographs for Japanese studies.
  • Editorialship of the highly prestigious journal Japan Forum was taken on by 4 SOAS faculty members from Sept 2014 - Sept 2017.

Awards and Scholarships

The JRC is pleased to invite applications to:

Publications

Recent publications by the members of the JRC:

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