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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


Christopher Gerteis
Dr Christopher Gerteis took up the position of JRC Chair in August 2014. He thanks 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.

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:


Book covers
Recent publications by the members of the JRC.

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