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Japan Sport Stories

Once the postponement of Tokyo 2020 was confirmed, the excitement that had been building for 4 years quickly dampened into little more than a flicker. 5-time Paralympic gold medallist Noel Thatcher and Japan expert and wheelchair fencing official Mike Salter wanted to try and rebuild that excitement, for the sport and the country, anyway they could.

With the world in lockdown, Noel and Mike needed a way to remind people of the fascinating stories of Japanese sport and its athletes -- Japan Sport Stories was born.

The Japan Research Centre is partnering up with Japan Sports Stories Podcast with thanks to generous support of the Toshiba International Foundation. Do check out this fantastic podcast series on Japan & Sport!

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Facts and figures

UK Top 15 in the 2022 QS World University Rankings for Modern Languages


  • 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.
  • There are two Meiji Jingu Japanese Studies Research Scholarships available. Each scholarship is valued at £7,000 in total.  
  • The Sasakawa Postgraduate Studentship is open to any full-time Postgraduate Taught Masters Degree Programmes at SOAS.
  • The SOAS library holds some 160,000 monographs for Japanese studies.
  • 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. 
  • We rank 2nd in the UK in the Times & Sunday Times University League Table 2015, 5th in the Complete University Guide 2015 (East & South East Asia) 
  • The number of specialists in Japan located in the various departments of the School makes the BA degree one of the largest Japanese studies programme in the world.


The JRC weekly seminar series examines the fundamental issues facing Japan today and provides unique opportunities to gain insight into Japan through the perspectives of internationally respected experts from both inside and outside of Japan.  

The JRC Annual Review reports the activities of the Centre and its member and lists past and forthcoming events in SOAS

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

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31st Sir Peter Parker Awards for Spoken Business Japanese
31st Sir Peter Parker Awards for Spoken Business Japanese

The purpose of the Sir Peter Parker Awards for Spoken Business Japanese is to deepen the understanding of Japanese business culture by businessmen and women of the countries of the European Union through study of the Japanese language, and to contribute to goodwill and mutual understanding with the people of Japan through better communication.