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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.

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Canon Foundation in Europe: Research Grants to Japan

The Canon Foundation in Europe offer grants to European and Japanese nationals in any field of research. European applicants must intend to undertake their research in Japan, and Japanese applicants must intend to carry out their research in Europe.

Applicants must hold a Master's degree obtained within the last ten years. Grants are awarded for three months, up to one year.

The deadline for applications is 15 September 2018. For more information, and to access the application form please click here.

Summer Programme in Japanese Archaeology and Heritage 2018

The Faculty of Letters of the University of Tokyo, in conjunction with the Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts and Cultures, invites applications from undergraduate students who are not of Japanese nationality and interested in Japanese archaeology and heritage to take part in a two-week Summer School programme in Japan. Participants will spend the whole period with undergraduate students from the University of Tokyo and learn together about Japanese culture and history.

The programme will run from Saturday 8th September to Saturday 22nd September 2018.

The first week of the programme from the 8th to 14th September will be based at the Hongo Campus of the University of Tokyo in the central part of Tokyo, involving lectures, group work and visits to historical sites and museums. This will be followed by a week in Hokkaido. The Hokkaido portion of the programme will include lectures, visits to museums and heritage sites, and archaeological excavation at the Tokoro settlement dating to the Satsumon period (cir. 11th centuries CE) which has been the focus of a long-term research project at the Department of Archaeology of the University of Tokyo. The programme will be led by lecturers at the Faculty of Letters of the University of Tokyo.

The costs of the stay in Japan including accommodation, meals and internal travels will be covered by the Faculty of Letters of the University of Tokyo. Successful applicants will be responsible to pay for their own international travel costs to and from Tokyo as well as international travel insurance (to be arranged by themselves). The entire programme will be taught in English. No Japanese language or previous experience of Japan is required, although having some basic command of Japanese would make the application stronger. Participants will be asked to submit an essay on their experience upon conclusion of the programme; this essay will be published online subsequently. The programme cannot accommodate dietary requests (although some effort will be made).

Five students will be selected to join this programme with five undergraduate students from the University of Tokyo. Those who have been selected are expected to participate in the whole programme.

Applicants should send a short statement of interest (up to 500 words) including why they would like to take part in this programme and a one-page CV to the Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts and Cultures at sumprotokyo2018@gmail.com by 11th May 2018.

The selection panel at the Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts and Cultures will select the successful applicants, who will be notified in mid-May.

Queries should be addressed to sumprotokyo2018@gmail.com

2019 MEXT Postgraduate Scholarship Programme

The application window for the 2019 MEXT Postgraduate Scholarship Programme for UK nationals is now open. All applications must be submitted to the Embassy of Japan in London by Friday 1 June 2018 at 5pm (GMT).

The scholarship is tenable for 24 months from April 2018 or for 18 months from September/October 2018, including 6 months of Japanese language education. No prior knowledge of the Japanese language is necessary.

Research or study can be undertaken in almost any field as long as it is relevant to the grantee’s field of expertise or previous study. It is possible to be enrolled on a Master’s/PhD course on this scholarship.

For more detailed enquiries, please email scholarship@ld.mofa.go.jp, or visit the Embassy of Japan's website.

Nikkei Telecom Speech Contest on Friday 27th April

Finalists from the UEA's 4th year Japanese Department will present speeches inspired by the Nikkei Telecom Database.

The contest will be held in the Council Chamber, UEA, at 10:30. This is an open event, and all are welcome to come along and show their support for the speakers.

Please click here to view the event poster.

Funding Call: FY2018 JSPS London Short Term Pre/Postdoctoral Fellowship (Second Call)

The final call in FY2018 for the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science Short Term Pre/Postdoctoral Fellowships is now open. 

JSPS London Pre/Postdoctoral Fellowship for Foreign Researchers (Short Term)
Application Deadline: Friday 1st June, 2018 
Fellowships must start between 1st November 2018 to 31st March 2019.

Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) is the leading research funding agency in Japan, established by the Japanese Government for the purpose of contributing to the advancement of science. Our Pre/Postdoctoral Fellowship for Foreign Researchers (Short Term) provides the opportunity for researchers based outside of Japan to conduct collaborative research activities with leading research groups at Japanese Universities and Research Institutions for visits of between 1 to 12 months. Eligible applicants need to be either within 2 years of finishing their PhD at the time of applying to start their fellowship in Japan or have obtained their PhD after 2nd April 2012. Eligible research fields are not limited.

Please visit the JSPS London website for further information.

Reports from former JSPS Fellows who have taken part in this programme can be found here.

Please pass this information on to any colleagues who may be eligible and interested in this funding opportunity.  

Japan Orientation and Ishibashi Foundation Summer Schools

We were delighted with the consistently high quality of the applicants for this year’s summer school programmes. This, of course, made selecting successful applicants all the more challenging. Yet after careful deliberation we have reached a decision and our colleagues in the Collaborative International Programmes Office have been in touch with successful applicants. We look forward to meeting this year’s applicants over the course of the summer!

Keshiki Series

The KESHIKI series, published by Strangers Press, and launched in February 2017, is a collection of eight stories that showcase some of Japan’s most exciting literary talents today. Complete with beautifully designed, vibrant covers, the books are still available from https://www.strangers.press/.


In November of last year, as part of the sekai fureai machi aruki series, a Japanese film crew visited Norwich to explore its historic centre and soak up the atmosphere. The team carefully document their favourite sites, and the video is accompanied by plenty of photos documenting the people they met along the way. It is fascinating to see Norwich through the lens of a visitor, and makes you appreciate just how lovely the fine city is! To watch the video and read about the adventure, visit the NHK website







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