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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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Sasakawa Postgraduate Studentships 2018

The Centre for Japanese Studies will once again be making an application to the Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation for Sasakawa Postgraduate Studentships, each worth up to £10,000, to be held at the University of East Anglia during the academic year 2018-19.


This year we have three Sasakawa Posgraduate Studentship holders. 2018-19 is the final year of the first tranche of funding for this scheme. If you would like to apply, or know of any students who may be interested in applying, please contact CJS with a brief statement of what programme of study you would like to follow. Applications from potential MA’s are particularly welcome. The course of study needs to include a significant component about Japan (i.e. a dissertation on a Japan-related theme). There are no formal application forms. Initial screening will be undertaken by CJS after which applicants may be contacted for further information about their proposed course of study.


Finalised applications, submitted through CJS by the end of March, will be considered by the Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation in April, and the decision is announced in mid-May.


Please contact CJS (cjs@uea.ac.uk) by Monday 12 March if you are interested in applying.

Japan Orientation International Summer School

It is a great pleasure to be again offering our ‘Japan Orientation’ programme as part of the UEA International Summer School. The programme returns for a fifth year, and is convened by CJS Director Simon Kaner. The programme will run from 30 June – 28 July, and is generously funded by the Toshiba International Foundation (TIFO), with twelve funded places to applicants from Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech-Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, Slovakia and Slovenia. The Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts and Cultures (SISJAC) is supporting an additional three funded places for applicants from all other European countries (including the UK). The application deadline for Japan Orientation Scholarships is 31 March 2018. For more details, please visit the International Summer School website or contact the International Summer School team at summerstudyabroad@uea.ac.uk.

Ishibashi Foundation Summer School in Japanese Arts and Cultural Heritage

We are delighted to announce this new, intensive three-week postgraduate level course, kindly supported by the Ishibashi Foundation. Twenty fully funded places are available. The course is taught by leading experts in the field, and provides an opportunity for students to develop an extensive appreciation and understanding of Japanese arts and cultural heritage. In addition, students will develop enhanced study skills, in particular the ability to present information and express ideas about materials studied in oral and written formats. The application deadline for Ishibashi Foundation Scholarships is 31 March 2018. For further details, visit the International Summer School website or email the team at summerstudyabroad@uea.ac.uk.

British Academy Visiting Fellowships

The British Academy has just launched a new funding scheme for Visiting Fellowships. These Fellowships present an opportunity for researchers working within the humanities and the social sciences and based in Japan to visit the UK. The scheme provides academics based in any country overseas and active at any career stage and in any discipline within the humanities and the social sciences with the opportunity to be based at a UK higher education or other research institution of their choice for up to six months. In doing so, participants can develop links and collaborations with UK colleagues and other scholars around the world. These Fellowships are open also to applicants who wish to work with UK colleagues in other areas or disciplines (including scholars within the natural, medical, or engineering sciences), in a cross- or inter-disciplinary way. The application deadline is 31 January 2018. For more details visit the British Academy website.

Centre for Japanese Studies Research Seminar Series

We are proud to announce a new series of exciting research seminars covering a broad range of Japan-related topics. We kicked off the series with Dolores Martinez’s excellent ‘Mad, Bad and Dangerous: Revisiting Kurosawa’s Women” on the 24th January. Check the News and Events section for more details.

Global Opportunities Week 2018: Japan Day

UEA CareerCentral will be running Global Opportunities week again in 2018, 12-16th February, kicking off with Japan day on the 12th of February. If you would like to hear from UEA alumni who have lived and worked in Japan/ been a Daiwa scholar or want to find out more about the JET programme or Interac then make sure you sign up on MyCareerCentral – and remember places are limited!

CJS Youtube Channel

Videos from the 2017 science Symposium are now available to view on the CJS youtube channel! The conference, titled “Exploring the past, present and future of the science of agriculture: towards new Anglo-Japanese research collaborations,” was an opportunity to celebrate existing partnerships between research institutions in Japan and the UK, as well as to foster new relationships for the future.

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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