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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.



A Visit by Japanese Nursing Students and Staff Members

The Niigata University of Health and Welfare sent 9 student nurses and 2 members of faculty to UEA this month. This visit was the fourth occasion that students and staff from Niigata visited UEA and it builds on the success of previous visits. The group were mentored by Gibson D’Cruz, School of Health Sciences (HSC) and Susanne Lindqvist, Centre for Interprofessional Practice (CIPP). The visit consisted of seminars on health, nursing and inter-professional learning as well as a visit to a local hospital. The Niigata students and lecturers as well as the HSC lecturers who held sessions for our visitors enjoyed their visit. The HSC lecturers were also impressed by the motivation, willingness to learn and the professionalism shown by the students. We hope to continue the exchange in the future. (24.3.2015)

JSPS London Pre/Postdoctoral Fellowship for Foreign Researchers (Short Term)
Application Deadline: Monday, 1 June 2015
Fellowships must start between 1 November 2015 to 31 March 2016.

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. Their 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 2 April 2009. Eligible research fields are not limited.

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International Development invited to deliver introductory course in Tokyo

Students in Japan have the opportunity to develop a thorough understanding of contemporary issues in international development as part of a 5 day introductory course.  The School of International Development, which has an established global reputation as a centre for teaching and research excellence, will be offering students in Japan the opportunity to develop a thorough understanding of contemporary issues in international development, as part of a 5 day Key Issues in Development Studies course, taught in Tokyo from 23 - 27 March 2015.

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Open Call for 2016 Fellowship Applications, Center for French-Japanese Advanced Studies in Paris

The Fondation France-Japon de l’EHESS is presently recruiting Senior and Junior levels researchers in the framework of its newly established Centre for French-Japanese Advanced Studies in Paris (Centre d’Etudes Avancées Franco-Japonais de Paris, CEAFJP ;http://ffj.ehess.fr/ceafjp.html). The CEAFJP is a research and exchange platform coordinated by the Fondation France-Japon de l’EHESS, and located in Paris, France. The Centre is aimed at supporting researchers who wish to spend between 6 and 12 months in Paris, and to benefit from the excellent work conditions and from academic exchange with our international colleagues in Europe.  Further information available both in English and Japanese.


The Sasakawa Japanese Studies Postgraduate Studentship Scheme

The Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation and the Nippon Foundation have announced a five-year programme of funded postgraduate studentships for Japan-related MAs and PhDs. Each studentship is worth £10,000 per year and 2-3 such studentships are anticipated to be available for UEA students, beginning in Autumn 2015. Full details are available on the Centre for Japanese Studies website. If you are interested, or know anyone who might be, please contact us as soon as possible. Applications must be submitted via the Centre for Japanese Studies to arrive with the Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation by the end of March 2015.  To meet the deadline, please contact us at cjs@uea.ac.uk for an application form before 28 February 2015. The details can be found here.


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. Click here for the flyer, and here for a video from 2014 programme.  Please see CIPO's Facebook page and the module's webpage, too!  Flyer:


News from Aomori

One of UEA Alumni Ellen Fraser is currently on JET Programme in Aomori Prefecture (Nothern end of Honshu) to teach English at schools.  Recently Ellen has kindly Skyped with UEA students at a Career Central's Global Opportunities Japan Day session.   Please see Ellen's blog!


Please find more news and information in our Newsletters below.


- CJS Newsletter Spring 2015

- CJS Newsletter Autumn 2014

- CJS Newsletter Summer 2014

- CJS Newsletter Spring 2014 









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