The kick-off meeting for the Global Japan Studies initiative was held on March 7 at the Institute for Advanced Studies on Asia as follows:

  • Date: Friday, March 7, 2014
  • Time: 12:00-1:30 pm
  • Location: Conference Room
    (located on the 3rd floor of the building of the Tobunken building)
  • Language: Japanese/English

  • Program:
    [Part I] Organization of the Global Japan Studies Network

    Explanation of the Aims of GJS

    Session 1 Globalizing Japan Studies in Japan

    [Part II] Views from Overseas

    Keynote Speech by Professor William Kelly, Department of Anthropology, Yale University, "Japan Studies for the 21st Century: An American Perspective"

    Session 2 Discussion Session
    Getting Beyond Japan Studies: Inside and Outside Japan

The aggregate number of participants is thirty-seven, and the meeting became a good opportunity for the faculty at the University to recognize the importance of such an interdisciplinary network for ‘’Japan Studies.’’ We discussed the necessity to publish the Japan Studies-related works in English or other foreign languages in addition to sharing the Japan Studies-related information. In the second session, Professor William Kelly introduced an American perspective toward Japan Studies and many foreign scholars participated in his keynote speech, exchanging opinions regarding the GJS research network.