Japanese studies outside the United States

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Institutions and organizations outside the United States or Japan instituted expressly for the purpose of studying Japanese language or culture . Primarily scholarly institutions affiliated with universities or specialized schools.

The International Research Center for Japanese Studies (Nichibunken), maintains the most comprehensive and up-to-date database of institutions of Japanese studies outside the United States and Japan; the database includes information on 1,640 institutions of Japanese Studies on 6 continents. The database can be found here

According to the Nichibunken database, the country with the most institutions of Japanese studies outside of the United States and Japan is China, with 121 institutions. Other countries containing the highest number of institutions include South Korea (85), England (69), Germany (64), Canada (61), Australia (54), and France (54).

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Japanese Studies Associations and Institutions in Australia, New Zealand, and Asia

Australia National University maintains a database of institutions of Asian Studies in Asia, which lists the institutions in 14 countries (Australia, New Zealand and 12 Asian nations) where Asian Studies are carried out; the online Directory of Asian Studies in Asia can be reached here.

Links to other Institutions of Japanese Studies in Asia:

Society of Japanese Language Education, Hong Kong

The Japanese Culture Association of Korea (JCAK)

The Japanese Language Association of Korea (JLAK)

The Japanese Language and Literature Association of Korea

Korea Association for Japanology (KAJA)

Japan Research Center, Seoul National University


Japanese Studies Associations and Institutions in Canada

The Japan Studies Association of Canada (JSAC) promotes Japanese Studies in Canada and contributes towards increased knowledge about Japan and Canada-Japan relations; the JSAC website, which contains information about Japan-related events, conferences, and institutions across Canada can be reached here.


Japanese Studies Associations and Institutions in Europe

The European Association for Japanese Studies (EAJS) is an association begun in London and Oxford in 1973, it currently has members in 42 countries (roughly 650 personal members and 35 institutional members). It is open to the full range of the profession from established scholars through junior scholars to post-graduate students, its activities tend to be grouped under the following disciplines: linguistics and language teaching; literature; religion and the history of ideas; history, politics and international relations; economics, economic and social history; anthropology and sociology; urban and environmental studies; visual and performing arts. The EAJS website contains a database of European dissertations in the field of Japanese studies, which can be reached through the EAJS home page: European Association for Japanese Studies

Links to other Institutions of Japanese Studies in Europe:

British Association for Japanese studies

Maison de la Culture du Japon (France)

German Association for Japanese Studies

Japanese Studies in Greece

Nordic Institute of Asian Studies

Polish Association for Japanese Studies

Research Organizations in Russia