In May 2011, UEA established a new Centre for Japanese Studies (CJS). Located within the Faculty of Arts and Humanities at UEA, the Centre for Japanese Studies leads and coordinates Japan-related teaching and research at the University.
CJS will help students interested in studying about Japan access a wide range of expertise across the University and the Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts and Cultures.
CJS is dedicated to developing a centre of excellence in Japanese studies at UEA, whilst stimulating the highest quality interdisciplinary research on Japan in Norwich.
The centre encourages the study of Japanese Arts, Language and Culture through a wide range of interdisciplinary degrees. Our world-class research networks aim to develop a deeper understanding of Japan and its place in the wider world of the past, present and future.
Changes in Japanese Studies at UEA: We bid farewell to Dr Nana Sato-Rossberg who leaves UEA to take up a lectureship in Translation Studies at SOAS, and Dr Jo Lumley, who has moved to a new post at the University of Leeds. Congratulations to Mika Brown who becomes Yakult Lecturer and Head of Japanese, and who is joined by Dr Akiko Tomatsuri.
The Faculty of Arts and Humanities at UEA has been restructured. The Centre for Japanese Studies continues to be located in Room 0.01 in the Arts Building, and is now part of the Faculty's new Interdisciplinary Institute for the Humanities, along with the Foundation Year and Liberal Arts Degrees. Japanese Language degrees now form part of the Modern Language Degree programme within the Department of Language and Communication Studies in the new School of Politics, Philosophy and Language. Teaching on Japanese film and museum and cultural heritage studies is now focused in two departments within the new School of American Studies, Media and Art, Art History and World Art Studies, and Media.
Japanese Studies International Summer School: Following a very successful first Japan Orientation International Summer School, in which 14 students from central and eastern Europe participated culminating in presentations in the Council Chamber at UEA, we will be holding the second Japanese Studies Summer School from 28 June – 27 July 2015. Once again we will be able to offer a number of full bursaries to students from selected countries in eastern and central Europe, thanks to the Toshiba International Foundation. This year's programme was also supported by the Japan Foundation, the European Association of Japanese Studies, and V4+Japan Exchange Year 2014 promoted by the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Further details and a video from this year's programme can be found shortly at http://www.uea.ac.uk/cipo/japan.
University of Tokyo – Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts and Cultures Summer Programme in Japanese Cultural Heritage: Dr Akira Matsuda (AMA) led the Summer Programme of the Faculty of Letters of the University of Tokyo organised in conjunction with SISJAC for two weeks from 30 July to 13 August this summer. Eight students, including one each from UEA, Cambridge, UCL and SOAS joined four undergraduates from Tokyo University. The group visited a number of museums (Tokyo National Museum, National Museum of Nature and Science, National Museum of Japanese History, University Museum of the University of Tokyo, Edo Tokyo Museum, Abashiri Prison Museum, Abashiri Municipal Museum of Folk History, Hokkaido Museum of Northern Peoples) and heritage sites (Asakusa, Boso no mura, Tokoro, Moyoro Shell Midden) and also engaged in various hands-on activities (processing archaeological finds, etc). This programme is expected to run again next year. International applicants just need to cover their own air fare: travel in Japan, food and accommodation are all provided.
UEA Alumni Event in Tokyo: was held on 27 September. This event was organised by the Eastern Japan UEA Alumni Ambassador Professor Makoto Hayasaka and was joined by the West Japan Alumni Ambassador Professor Mikio Ando, along with the British Council Tokyo Office Director Mr Jeff Streeter, himself a UEA alumnus, and Professor Peter Lloyd-Sherlock (DEV).
Opportunities for studying and living in Japan: In addition to opportunities for UEA students (see the Sasakawa Postgraduate Studentships below) CJS regularly receives information about a number of opportunities for studying and living in Japan, including the JET Programme, Canon Scholarships, Daiwa Scholarships and Mombusho Scholarships. Details of relevant websites are listed at the end of each CJS E-Newsletter.
Sasakawa Postgraduate Studentships: The Great Britain Anglo-Japanese Foundation will again be offering postgraduate studentships for those wishing to pursue postgraduate studies relating to Japan. This year UEA was offered two studentships, each worth £10,000 per year towards tuition and living costs, although only one studentship was taken up. Full details will shortly be available via the CJS webpage.
JET Programme: This year's application deadline for the Japanese Government Japanese English Teacher Programme (JET) is Friday 28 November. A number of UEA graduates have won places on this scheme, which provides first-hand, and well-paid, experience of living and working in Japan. One UEA alumna has just taken up a post in Aomori. Simon Kaner spent two years living in Hyogo Prefecture on the precursor to the current scheme just after graduating, and can confirm it offers a wonderful opportunity to experience life in Japan. (www.jet-uk.org).
UEA Career Central: is planning to hold a JET Programme Event on campus on 29 October (*Please see Dates for Your Diary below). Also see the online resources on MyCareerCentral to find information about working in Japan. This information is suitable for both Japanese and non-Japanese students.
Japanese-Language Proficiency Test (JPLT): The four levels of the JPLT offer an excellent way of demonstrating your Japanese language prowess. The test takes place twice a year in the UK (July and December), in London and Edinburgh. Co-organised by the Japan Foundation and Japan Educational Exchanges and Services (http://www.jlpt.jp).