The Edwin O. Reischauer Institute of Japanese Studies at Harvard University supports research on Japan and provides a forum for related academic activities and the exchange of ideas. It seeks to stimulate scholarly and public interest in Japan and Japanese studies at Harvard and around the world.
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- Nikkei Business Online features article on recent House of Representatives election co-authored by RIJS faculty Professor Daniel Smith. Using innovative field surveys, the article concludes that Japanese voters are less concerned with Abenomics than issues surrounding the consumption tax, Trans-Pacific Partnership, constitutional revision, and Diet reform. View article »
- RIJS faculty Professor Andrew Gordon honored with Imperial Decoration by the Japanese government for his contribution to Japanese Studies and promotion of mutual understanding between Japan and the U.S. Prof. Gordon received the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Neck Ribbon.
- Harvard Gazette interviews RIJS visiting faculty Professor Christine Yano on the enduring popularity of Hello Kitty. View article »
- Asahi Shimbun interviews RIJS faculty Professor Andrew Gordon on postwar Japan. View article »
- Bloomberg Brief interviews RIJS faculty Professor Andrew Gordon on Abenomics. View article »
- Asahi Shimbun interviews RIJS faculty Professor Emeritus Akira Iriye. View article »
- RIJS faculty Professor Melissa McCormick named Harvard College Professor for excellence in undergraduate teaching. View announcement »
- The Diplomat features an article by Jeremy Yellen (Harvard PhD, 2012) on Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's attempt to reinterpret the Japanese Constitution. View article »
- Boston Globe features RIJS faculty Professor Andrew Gordon (History) and his role in developing online courses as part of HarvardX. View article »
- RIJS faculty Professor Daniel Smith (Government) and USJRP Executive Director Shinju Fujihira selected by Mansfield Foundation & Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership for the U.S.-Japan Network for the Future Program. View announcement »
- RIJS faculty Professor Andrew Gordon (History) and Professor Helen Hardacre (EALC) elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
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- Graduate student Danny Orbach (History Department) selected as a 2014 Harvard Horizon scholar. Learn more about his project »
- GSD students win awards for their work in building sustainable houses.
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- Professor Yukio Lippit (History of Art and Architecture) awarded the 2014 John Whitney Hall Book Prize for Painting of the Realm: The Kano House of Painters in 17th-Century Japan (Univ of Washington Press, 2012) by the Association for Asian Studies.
- Japan Disasters Digital Archive Project Manager
Nick Kapur comments on the potential and value of participatory archives for teaching and research.
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- Team of GSD students win Toyo University's international academic competition on recovery of the Tohoku region.
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- "Thinking Hand" exhibition on traditional Japanese carpentry tools and showcasing a full-scale teahouse is featured in the Harvard Gazette.
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- California public radio station KCRW features an interview on Tsukiji with Reischauer Institute Director Professor Theodore C. Bestor.
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- Kinema Club XIII at Harvard explores the film and media history during the years 1927, 1962/63, 1973, and 1995. Explore the online exhibition and mini-games.
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- Reflections on teaching the Japan Disasters Archive and developing a "humanities studio" model at Harvard by teaching fellow Kyle Parry. View article »
- The Harvard Art Museums announces major gift of Japanese art from Robert and Betsy Feinberg. View press release »
- Tohoku University International Research Institute of Disaster Science (IRIDes) faculty Professors Fumihiko Imamura and Shosuke Sato visit Reischauer Institute to discuss their research and archiving efforts. View Japan Disasters Archive blog »
- Reischauer Institute former Director and Professor Emeritus Akira Iriye awarded the Japan Foundation Award as a pioneer in Japan-U.S. exchange activities. View press release »
- H-Lab summer school in Tokyo inspires Japanese high school students to study abroad. View article »
- Reischauer Institute faculty Professor Andrew Gordon, sharing his experience in developing the Japan Disasters Digital Archive, speaks on the role of digital media technology at an international conference on collecting memories from survivors of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. View article »
- Reischauer Institute Director Professor Theodore C. Bestor receives the Commissioner of Cultural Affairs Award for the Promotion of Japanese Culture from the Agency of Cultural Affairs in Japan. Professor Bestor is one of twelve distinguished figures to receive the award, which commends the efforts of individuals who endeavor to promote the study of Japanese culture overseas. View article »
- Patrick Harlan (Harvard College '93), known in Japan as Pakkun, visits campus for his twentieth reunion and reflects on his offbeat path from student to comedian in Japan. View article »
- Harvard Horizons features Reischauer faculty and Department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations chair Professor Shigehisa Kuriyama and graduate student Hansun Hsiung. View article »
- Harvard graduate student Sakura Christmas' dissertation on Inner Mongolia and materials discovered during her research in Japan is featured in the Harvard Gazette. View article »
- Harvard Club of Japan President Carl Kay (College '78) is featured in the Harvard Gazette as part of its continuing series on the university's deep ties with Asia. View article »
- Distinguished architect and Harvard alumnus Paul Tange (College '81 and Graduate School of Design '85) describes vertical architecture and reflects on his Harvard years in the Harvard Gazette. View article »
- Harvard graduate student Nicolas Sternsdorff Cisterna's research on food safety in post-Fukushima Japan featured in the Harvard Gazette. View article »
- Harvard Gazette features articles on the university's deep ties with Asia. View article »
- Harvard-Yenching Library collection of rare books on Japanese falconry and Japan collection librarian Kuniko McVey are featured in Harvard Magazine. View article »
- Interactive exhibition features additional illustrations of rare books from the Harvard-Yenching Library Japan collection. View exhibition »
- Kei Shiraishi of the National Diet Library of Japan comments on the Participatory Digital Archives Conference recently convened at Harvard. View article »
- Kyle Parry of metaLAB at Harvard posts a report on the Participatory Digital Archives Conference recently convened at Harvard. View article »
- Japanese Language Program and Reischauer Institute host awards ceremony honoring students. More »
- Mary C. Brinton (Dept of Sociology) named Cabot Fellow for her book Lost in Translation: Youth, Work, and Instability in Postindustrial Japan. More »
- Karen Thornber (Dept of Comparative Literature) and Matthew Fraleigh (RI Associate in Research) awarded William F. Sibley Memorial Translation Prize. More »
- Kyle Parry of metaLAB at Harvard reflects on the beta release of the Digital Archive of Japan's 2011 Disasters and its potential for research and teaching. More »
- Harvard for Japan Sanriku Project announces its blog. Find out more about their work in the Tohoku region this summer. More »
- Digital Archive of Japan's 2011 Disaster releases its beta version. Explore the archive and its collections. More »
- The Harvard Commemorative Cherry Tree Planning Initiative plants six Yoshino cherry trees in the new Harvard Sakura Garden. More »
- Harvard for Japan launches the Sanriku Project to assist in the recovery and rebuilding process along the Minami-Sanriku coast. More »
- Prof. Andrew Gordon (Dept of History) and Prof. Theodore C. Bestor (Dept. of Anthropology) receive a grant from the Harvard Initiative for Learning and Teaching (HILT) to develop digital pedagogical tools using the Digital Archive of Japan's 2011 Disasters. More »
- Digital Archive of Japan's 2011 Disasters Project awarded a grant from the The Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership to support workshops and conferences. More »
- National Gallery of Art exhibit on Ito Jakuchu curated by Prof. Yukio Lippit (Dept. of History of Art and Architecture) is featured in the New York Times. More »
- View the Ito Jakuchu exhibit with commentary by Prof. Yukio Lippit on the PBS NewsHour. More »
- Prof. Theodore C. Bestor (Dept. of Anthropology) begins his term as President of the Association for Asian Studies. More »
- Prof. Edwin Cranston (Dept. of EALC) receives the Nara Man’yo Prize from the Nara Prefectural Government, Japan. More »