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Introduction to the Department of Japanese Studies


The Department of Japanese Studies is organized as a single administrative unit in order to facilitate the international and interdisciplinary pursuit of Japanese studies encompassing the humanities, social sciences, as well as natural sciences. A special feature of our graduate study program is that all the faculty participate in teaching and research guidance.

The department requires graduate students to take three courses—“Seminar on Theory and Methodology,” “Interdisciplinary Research,” and “Dissertation Writing Guidance”—which set forth the theoretical and methodological basis for conducting Japanese studies in global perspective. Through these courses and directed research, we hope to foster researchers with creative and highly specialized perspectives who are equipped to undertake comprehensive approaches of a broad interdisciplinary nature crossing the lines of multiple fields of study.


The Department of Japanese Studies supports education and research on Japanese culture and civilization in international and interdisciplinary perspective through its diverse faculty and the rich resources of its research environment and aims to nurture researchers with an international and broadminded perspective.

Department of Japanese Studies Admission Policy

Who is Eligible?

The Department of Japanese Studies at the International Research Center for Japanese Studies welcomes students who have a strong interest in and ambition to pursue Japanese studies and related fields, and who intend to continue their research in the future and contribute to society as independent scholars.

Admission policy:

The decision for the first stage of screening will be based on assessment of the student's master's thesis (any previously published papers by the applicant), the research proposal, application documents, and other supporting documents provided.

  1. The master's theses and academic papers will be assessed on their format, originality, applicability, theory, and substantiality. The research proposal will be evaluated on its originality and organization.
  2. The final decision will be made on the basis of both the assessment of the application documents (preceding item) and the results of the interview (second-stage screening) regarding the applicant's personality, content of his or her responses, and potential.


Graduation Requirements

Contact Us

International Research Center for Japanese Studies
3-2 Goryo Oeyama-cho, Nishikyo-ku, Kyoto 610-1192 Japan
Phone : (075) 335-2052 (from within Japan)
           +81-75-335-2052 (from outside of Japan)
FAX : (075) 335-2092 (from within Japan)
           +81-75-335-2092 (from outside of Japan)
e-mail:senkou*nichibun.ac.jp (Please replace * with @)
SOKENDAI (The Graduate University for Advanced Studies)
Shonan Village, Hayama, Kanagawa 240-0193 Japan
Phone : +81-46-858-1500 (from outside of Japan)
FAX : +81-46-858-1542
e-mail:gakusei*ml.soken.ac.jp (Please replace * with @)

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