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Center for Japanese Studies (CJS)

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CJS faculty member Hitomi Tonomura talks gender and succession with CNN

“From today’s perspective, it’s interesting to think of how the contribution of Japan’s past reigning empresses to history has become so diminished."

U-M Asia Library Head and CJS Member Dawn Lawson wins 2018 Kyoko Selden Memorial Translation Prize

The award is presented by the Asian Studies Department of Cornell University and has been awarded for her translation of Nakajima Shōen’s "A Famous Flower in Mountain Seclusion" (Sankan no meika, 1889).

The Center for Japanese Studies (CJS) promotes and disseminates research on Japan, fosters communication among diverse disciplines, and encourages new approaches in the understanding of Japan and its place in the world.

Founded in 1947, CJS is the oldest interdisciplinary center in the United States with a mission to promote research and teaching in Japanese studies.

CJS is home to faculty and students from a variety of disciplines and professional schools, artists and scholars visiting from near and far, and community organizations engaged in Japan-related activities in Michigan.

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The 70th Anniversary CJS Newsletter is now Available

Introducing our 2018 newsletter in which we reflect back on last year's 70th anniversary events, follow a journalist in search of her lost Japanese family, and celebrate an enormously generous gift in support of the Japanese language program. Also of note is a piece detailing the visit to Detroit and the Center for Japanese Studies of Princess Akiko of Mikasa.

And once you have read through our 2018 newsletter, you may have an appetite to follow us through the last 20 years in our newsletter archive.


We strive to support our students and faculty on the front lines of learning and research; to steward our planet, our community, our campus. To do this, CJS needs you—because the world needs Victors.


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