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King's Japan Programme


The King’s Japan Programme is a new initiative aimed at developing Japan Studies (JS) in an innovative and multi-disciplinary fashion. It does so by promoting three different levels of intellectual output (teaching, research dissemination, research exchanges/cooperation);

The initiative sets forth a substantially different approach to the field of JS in three key respects:

Thematic Integration. The initiative will embed the study of Japan in a broader disciplinary context – beyond the boundaries of ‘area studies’;

Thematic Scope. The initiative will privilege the field of JS from the perspectives of international security, diplomacy, history and strategy – perspectives with no real intellectual home in the UK;

Targeted Audience. The initiative will take the field of JS to broader sets of audiences with less likely exposure to Japan and its role in international relations, history, and strategic thought.

These three aspects will maximise the exposure the field of JS to a variety of disciplines and international exposure, taking Japan’s experience at the heart of core issues of broader international experience.

The King’s Japan Programme seeks to nurture an understanding a Japan’s distinct specificities within wider thematic intellectual debates in the following fields:

  • International security;
  • International history and diplomacy;
  • Military history and strategy.


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