Established in 1973 as the Japan Institute, the Reischauer Institute of Japanese Studies was renamed in 1985 to commemorate the retirement of Edwin O. Reischauer. The Institute is one of Harvard’s international and regional centers, all of which operate under a university-wide mandate to develop and coordinate activities throughout Harvard and advance both instruction and research in the humanities and social sciences. Through academic initiatives and outreach activities such as lectures, conferences, exhibitions, and films, the Institute seeks to stimulate scholarly and public interest in Japan and Japanese studies not only at Harvard, but around the world.