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Center for Japanese Studies (CJS)

Recent News

CJS Faculty Member Erin Brightwell wins 2017 Kyoko Selden Memorial Translation Prize

The award is presented by the Asian Studies Department of Cornell University. Professor Brightwell was recognized for her translation of “The Torrent” (奔流, Hon’ryū, 1943).

Announcing the Japanese Performance Theory Workshop website

This intensive week-long summer workshop helps participants working on Japanese performance at the undergraduate, graduate, and faculty levels develop better conceptual, methodological, and pedagogical tools.

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.


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