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Japanese studies

Japanese studies or Japan studies (Japanese: 日本学, Hepburn: Nihongaku), sometimes known as Japanology in Europe, is a sub-field of area studies or East Asian studies involved in social sciences and humanities research on Japan. It incorporates fields such as the study of Japanese language, history, culture, literature, philosophy, art, music, cinema, and science.

The historical roots of Western Japanese studies may be traced back to the Dutch traders based at Dejima, Nagasaki during the Edo period (1603–1867). The foundation of the Asiatic Society of Japan at Yokohama in 1872 by Western scholars such as Ernest Satow and Frederick Victor Dickins was an important event in the development of Japanese studies as an academic discipline.

Japanese studies organizations and publications

In the United States, the Society for Japanese Studies has published the Journal of Japanese Studies (JJS) since 1974. This is a biannual academic journal dealing with research on Japan in the United States. JJS is supported by grants from the Japan Foundation, Georgetown University, and the University of Washington in addition to endowments from the Kyocera Corporation and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

The British Association for Japanese Studies (BAJS), founded in 1974, is an association primarily sponsored by Toshiba[1] and the Japan Foundation.[2] The BAJS publishes an academic journal called Japan Forum.[3]

In Europe, the European Association for Japanese Studies (EAJS) is also funded by Toshiba and the Japan Foundation. It has held triennial conferences around Europe since 1973. Other academic journals dealing with Japanese studies include Monumenta Nipponica, a biannual English-language journal affiliated with Sophia University in Tokyo, and Social Science Japan Journal, published by Oxford University Press.

Scholarship on Japan is also within the purview of many organizations and publications dealing with the more general field of East Asian studies, such as the Association for Asian Studies or the Duke University publication Positions: Asia Critique.

The International Research Center for Japanese Studies (Nichibunken) maintains an online database of institutions involved in Japanese studies research worldwide, including information on 1,640 institutions of Japanese studies. The database indicates that the country with the most institutions of Japanese studies outside the United States and Japan is China (121), while other countries containing a significant number of institutions include South Korea (85), England (69), Germany (64), Canada (61), Australia (54), and France (54).

Since the declaration of 2010 as the "Japan Year" in Turkey,[4] a yearly Japan Studies Conference has been held in Turkey.[5]

Scholarly journals

See also


  1. ^ "International Foundation - Corporate Citizenship". Toshiba. Archived from the original on 2013-10-31. Retrieved 2013-06-18.
  2. ^ "The Japan Foundation > Main Activities > Japanese Studies and Intellectual Exchange > Topics > Associations & Institutions". Archived from the original on 2012-03-20. Retrieved 2013-06-18.
  3. ^ "Publications".
  4. ^ Gazetesi, Dünya (2009-12-30). "Japanese FM to launch year of Japan in Turkey". Dünya Gazetesi. Retrieved 2024-02-29.
  5. ^ "Türkiye'de Japonya Çalışmaları Konferansı IV - 28-29 Haziran 2019 | Asian Studies Center". Retrieved 2024-02-29.
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