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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.



DAIWA Scholarship:

DAIWA Anglo-Japan Foundation has a new postgraduate scholarship for students with a degree in Japanese Studies!




Call for applications to the FY2016 JSPS London Symposium Scheme! 

Closing Date: Monday 9th November, 2015 
Time Frame for Holding the Symposium: Between June 2016 to the end of February 2017
Application guidelines and form can be found here: 

Canon Founation Fellowship

The fellowship is for European researchers who hold a master’s degree (any discipline) to pursue further research periods in Japan and for Japanese researchers to do their research in Europe. Financial support ranges between 22,500 to 27,500 Euros per year. For more information have a look at their website: http://www.canonfoundation.org/programmes_1_fellow.php (26.06.2015)


The 11th Hakuho Foundation Japanese Research Fellowship

Applications are now being accepted for the 11th Hakuho Foundation Japanese Research Fellowship. You can see more information about this here. (12.06.2015)


Centre for Japanese Studies Temporary Office

Due to building works in the ARTS building this summer, from Monday May 18 the Centre for Japanese Studies Office will be temporarily relocated at the Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts and Cultures at 64 The Close, Norwich NR1 4EH.  You can of course continue to reach us through email (cjs@uea.ac.uk).  We look forward to being back on campus in time for the start of the new academic year.  (15.05.2015)


DEV Intro Intensive Course in Tokyo

Dr Lucio Esposito, Senior Lecturer in the School of International Development delivered a successful 5-day Key Skills in International Development programme hosted at the Study International UK office in Shibuya, Tokyo, 23 - 27 March 2015. 13 students of all ages and experience participated in the programme, which aimed to provide a comprehensive introduction to Development Studies, and to explore the complex relationships between society, the economy and the environment. Dr Esposito was extremely impressed with the tenacity of the students, as well as their commitment to the subject.  Dr Esposito hopes to return to Japan in spring 2016 to teach on the programme again. 5 of the students who took the Key Skills course will study at UEA from September 2015. We look forward to welcoming them onto our campus. (by Tracey Hearn 08.05.2015)


Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation’s Additional Scholarship Programme

The Daiwa Scholarships in Japanese Studies are open to UK nationals who have an Honours degree in Japanese. The aim of these Scholarships is to support students undertaking postgraduate degrees in Japanese Studies-related courses in either the UK or Japan.  Scholars affiliated to UK universities must undertake at least part of their studies in Japan. Daiwa hopes to support six individuals in any given year, of whom at least three must study full-time at a university in Japan. The Scholarship will cover university fees for the course in question, plus living expenses. The application deadline is 28 May 2015 (01.05.2015)


Call for Applications for the University of Tokyo Summer Program in Japanese Archaeology and Heritage 1-15 August 2015

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 program in Japan. Participants will spend the whole period with undergraduate students from the University of Tokyo and learn together about Japanese culture and history. (15.4.2015)

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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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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.


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.  Also see CIPO's Facebook page, the module's webpage, and the EU-Japan Centre's review of our 2014 programme in their latest Newsletter (page 25). 


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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