Contemporary Japanese Politics

The Contemporary Japanese Politics Study Group was established in 1999 to better understand key trends in politics and foreign policy in Japan and to focus a scholarly eye on key issues. This study group enables advanced Ph.D. students to circulate their works-in-progress (conference papers, draft dissertation chapters, etc.) and receive feedback. Chaired by Susan Pharr and Daniel Smith of the Department of Government, the group meets every month and also includes paper presentations by faculty and postdoctoral fellows in the area. The study group is co-sponsored by the Program on US-Japan Relations at the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs (WCFIA), and its invitation list extends to over fifty faculty, graduate students, and others, both at Harvard and across the greater Boston and New England region.

For more information, please contact Shinju Fujihira (sfujihira [at], Executive Director of the Program on U.S.-Japan Relations. For details about study group events, visit: