[skip to content]

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

Japan Forum

Japan Forum is multidisciplinary, publishing contributions from across the arts and humanities and social sciences.

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

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

Key Facts

  • With over 500 hundred undergraduates and over 100 hundred postgraduates 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 will be taken on by 4 SOAS faculty members from Sept 2014 - Sept 2017.

Awards and Scholarships

The JRC is pleased to invite applications to:


Recent publications by the members of the JRC:

Quick Links

Connect with Us

Join the Centre's email distribution list: centres@soas.ac.uk
Find us on Facebook