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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

Dulwich Boys and Beyond: 75 Years of Japanese Studies at SOAS

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

SOAS centenary event: get involved


Helen Macnaughtan
Dr Helen Macnaughtan (Senior Lecturer in International Business and Management, Japan) is pleased to be taking up the position of Acting Chair of the JRC for 2015-16 while Chris pursues a well deserved research opportunity. She thanks Chris for his outstanding stewardship of the Centre during the past academic year, which has seen the JRC not only continue to deliver its regular programmes of high quality research seminars and annual lectures but also raise its profile in helping to fund academic staff and postgraduate research projects as well as take on the editing of Japan Forum, the official journal of the British Association for Japanese Studies (BAJS). This will be an exciting year for the JRC as SOAS approaches its Centenary year of celebrations (commencing June 2016), within which we will be acknowledging and celebrating the history of Japanese studies at SOAS. With this in mind we are delighted to be hosting three leading scholars of Japanese History who will deliver our annual programme of JRC public lectures.

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 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:


Recent publications by the members of the JRC:

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