Aims & Scope

The Japan Studies Association Journal seeks to advance and disseminate new, innovative scholarship in and thoughtful engagement with any academic field related to Japanese Studies. Traditionally, the Journal has featured research articles and essays on literary, cultural, language, social, religious, political and economic issues pertaining to Japan’s relationships with its national self, the United States, Asia-Pacific or global partners. We encourage both revisiting traditional and exploring fresh, contemporary perspectives. Occasional special issues focus on a single topic.

We welcome also contributions from Japan Studies Association members, conference presenters and participants in the organization’s professional development workshops, held regularly on the U.S. mainland or in Japan. Part of JSA’s mission is to foster the work and professional development of junior and emerging scholars and of faculty at two- and four-year community colleges and universities where the study of Japan is not well represented. Therefore, we particularly welcome pedagogical essays, notes and case studies on infusing Japanese and East Asian material in the undergraduate curriculum. In addition to reviews of new books, TV and film releases, we would encourage also submission of comparative review essays and discussions of current exhibitions, events and digital resources.