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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


Dr Christopher Gerteis takes on the position of JRC Chair. He would like to thank Dr Stephen Dodd for his terrific stewardship of the Centre these past three years. Chris feels lucky to be taking on the Centre when the budget is in surplus, our membership growing, and the quality of our teaching and research at an all-time peak.

The 3 year tenure starts in Aug 2014.

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


Recent publications by the members of the JRC.

Awards and Scholarships

The JRC is pleased to invite applications to:

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