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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.



Centre for Japanese Studies has moved to Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts!

CJS Office has moved to the SCVA top floor. We will keep the same phone number: 01603-591819.  (26.04.16)


New post at UEA: Lecturer in Japanese History (HIS)

The School of History wishes to appoint a Lecturer in Japanese History to develop the provision of International and Global History and Japanese Studies at UEA.  Deadline is 23rd May.  Read More:


Key Issues in Development Studies 3-9 May 2016 at SI-UK Tokyo Office

Taught in Tokyo by UEA's Dr Lucio Esposito

For more information about the course content, eligibility, cost, registration and deadline dates, please visit the SIUK Education Council webpages here


UEA strengthens links with Japan: Vice-Chancellor and CJS host reception for University of Tokyo and others

The Centre for Japanese Studies hosted a reception in UEA’s Council Chamber to welcome students and staff from the University of Tokyo, Niigata University of Health and Welfare, Ritsumeikan University and Kokugakuin University.   This event marked the first Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts and Cultures and Faculty of Letters, University of Tokyo Winter Programme in British Archaeology and Heritage, organised in association with the Centre for Japanese Studies, and the renewal of an agreement between School of Health Sciences and Niigata University of Health and Welfare.The Vice Chancellor, Professor David Richardson, addressed the guests and other attendees (his speech can be found here), who included Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research) Professor Dave Petley, members of the University’s International Executive, Japanese language degree students and lecturers, Japanese students currently studying at UEA, Japan-related staff members, and UEA Japan Society and Norwich citizens who are interested in Japan. Comments included: ‘what a great opportunity to meet a lot of people who have studied and are interested in Japan, and are from different parts of Japan’. ‘It is fantastic to have this wonderful relationship between UEA/SISJAC and Japanese universities’. ‘I enjoyed this event a lot and hope we'll have this opportunity again’!. The Centre for Japanese Studies endeavors to arrange one major Japan-related event each semester. For photos click here.  (26.02.2016)


New post: at UEA: Sasakawa Lecturer in International Relations and Japanese Foreign Policy (School of Politics, Philosophy, and Language and Communication Studies)  (25.02.2016)   Read More:   


CJS Newsletter Spring 2016


Japan Society of Promotion of Science (JSPS):

JSPS London would like to expand the JSPS London network for Japanese researchers based in the U.K. Visiting scholars as well as tenured academics based at a U.K. institution are welcome to join.  It is free to join and we offer events and funding schemes exclusive to members.

 The web link to register and  Read More:

JSPS Newsletter No. 47 - UEA is featured on page 13 (in Japanese)


Sasakawa Postgraduate Studentships in Japanese Studies 2016-2017 

University of East Anglia has once again been invited to put forward good candidates for Sasakawa Postgraduate Studentships in Japanese Studies.  Each studentship is worth 10.000GBP towards tuition fees and living costs for the academic year 2016-2017.  Any field is eligible, as long as the research/studies to be undertaken relate to Japan. If you are interested in applying, please send an email with a brief outline of what you plan to study and which course at UEA you intend to follow. Applications must be submitted through the Centre for Japanese Studies.  The deadline is 29 February 2016 but we encourage you to contact CJS as soon as possible.  The results are known in mid-May.  These studentships, funded by the Great Britain Foundation, are designed to encourage new generations of MA students working on Japan. In 2015-2016 we secured two Sasakawa Postgraduate Studentships, one for a PhD student and one for an MA student.  We are hopeful that we will secure at least as many Studentships in 2016-2017   (04.01.2016)


JSPS Postdoctoral Fellowship (Long Term) Application Deadline: Monday, 14th March 2016 Fellowships must be started between 1st September to 30th November 2016

Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) is the leading research funding agency in Japan and its Postdoctoral Fellowship for Foreign Researchers (Long 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 12 to 24 months. Eligible applicants should be citizens of the UK or EU and need to have finished their PhD at a UK university or research institution at the time of applying to start their fellowship in Japan or have obtained their PhD after 2nd April 2010. Eligible research fields are limited to natural sciences, including physics, chemistry, mathematics, engineering science, agricultural and medical research (non-clinical only), scientific aspects of archaeology, geography, experimental psychology and the history of science.  Read More  (11.02.2016)


International Summer School 2016     Sat 25 June - Fri 22 July

JAPAN ORIENTATION: An Introduction to the Study of Japan and its Place in the World

This programme will be taught at the Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts and Cultures.  Supported by the Toshiba International Foundation (TIFO).  Scholarships offered for some applicants from the Visegrad Group (V4) countries. For Japan Orientation brochure, click here. For general information on UEA International Summer School, click here.  (04.01.2016)


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 2016

- CJS Newsletter Autumn 2015

- CJS Newsletter Spring 2015

- CJS Newsletter Autumn 2014

- CJS Newsletter Summer 2014

- CJS Newsletter Spring 2014 







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