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3 Fields of Cultural Exchanges

Dialogue[Japanese Studies and Intellectual Exchange]
Promoting Japanese Studies Overseas

In order to consolidate the firm bases of Japanese studies around the world and to nurture Japanese studies specialists, we provide comprehensive and concentrated support to core organizations in each country/region. Our support spans international conferences, staff expansion, library acquisitions, and study tours to Japan. We also work to facilitate further development of Japanese studies by strengthening the international networks among the scholars of various countries and regions.

East Asian Consortium of Japanese Studies

The East Asian Consortium of Japanese Studies, a Japanese studies research network for the East Asian region, held its first international scientific meeting in Incheon, South Korea, from November 30 to December 2, 2016. This consortium represented an expansion of the East Asia Forum for Japanese Studies, which has been held by the Japan Foundation since FY2010, and was launched at the initiative of Professor Park Cheol-hee of Seoul National University. Institute for Japanese Studies of Seoul National University served as the administrative office for the first meeting. The event was attended by 236 scholars and included 38 panel discussions, with the Japan Foundation providing support to certain panels, mainly Next-Generation Panels made up of graduate students. Going forward, the meeting is planned to be held every year, with the location rotating through the region.

Photo of an opening ceremony of the first international conference, copyright East Asian Consortium of Japanese Studies
Opening ceremony of the first international conference
(c)East Asian Consortium of Japanese Studies

Support for Japanese Studies Organizations

● University of North Georgia (US)

The University of North Georgia has hired three faculty members specializing in Japanese films and digital animation, cultural anthropology and Japanese language through the support of the Japan Foundation to build a baccalaureate degree program in East Asian studies with concentrations in Japanese studies. The institution is a public university newly established in January 2013 through the consolidation of North Georgia College & State University and Gainesville State University, and is expected to contribute to the further development of Japanese studies in the southern United States.

Photo of a Japanese film series by the newly recruited assistant professor Dr. Robin O’Day, copyright The University of North Georgia
A Japanese film series by the newly recruited assistant professor, Dr. Robin O'Day (Anthropology)
(c)The University of North Georgia

● Sichuan International Studies University (China)

In FY2017, a doctoral program in modern Japanese literature will be established in the Department of Japanese Studies, the Institute of Japanese Studies, Sichuan International Studies University. The university serves as an important base for Japanese studies in the southwestern region of China, and the Japan Foundation has supported academic conferences and the publication of academic papers on Japanese studies since FY2011. The university seeks to produce the first PhD graduate in 2020.

Japanese Studies Fellowships

● Dr. Jeannie Kenmotsu (US)

Dr. Kenmotsu came to Japan as a FY2012 doctoral fellow. She conducted research at Keio University on the theme of "Suzuki Harunobu and the Nishiki-e Print Revolution," and received her doctorate at the University of Pennsylvania in December 2016. After working as an exhibition assistant at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, she assumed her current post as a curator at the Portland Art Museum in June 2017. We expect that her appointment will lead to further enhancement of the museum's Japan-US-related exhibitions.

Photo of Dr. Jeannie Kenmotsu
Dr. Jeannie Kenmotsu, a FY2012 doctoral fellow