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Center for Japanese Studies (CJS)

Recent News

CJS Associate Director, Prof. Shinobu Kitayama, has been appointed to the Robert B. Zajonc Collegiate Professor of Psychology

Please join us for his inaugural lecture, "East and West: A Cultural Psychological Perspective," on March 21.

Congratulations to CJS 2017-18 Toyota Visiting Professor Eric C. Rath!

His book, "Japan's Cuisines: Food, Place, and Identity" has been designated a 2017 Outstanding Academic Title by Choice (an imprint of ALA).

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 2017 newsletter which looks back on the history of CJS as we celebrate our 70th anniversary!

Have a look back at the last 19 of those years via 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.