Student Programs

The Program on U.S.-Japan Relations offers a number of programs dedicated to Harvard undergraduate and graduate students, including grants, seminars and study groups, research pairs, and internships in Japan. In addition to programs described below, students are invited to connect with Harvard faculty and Program Associates in a number of occasions, including receptions, special events, and the Distinguished Visitor dinner. The Program has collaborated extensively with undergraduate student organizations, such as Harvard for Japan, Harvard Japan Society (HJS), Harvard College Japan Initiative (HCJI), Harvard Project for Asian International Relations (HPAIR) , and Harvard International Relations Council (IRC).

Akiyama Award

We are celebrating the 20th anniversary of the Akiyama Award. Since 1996, the Program on U.S.-Japan Relations has annually awarded a summer research grant to a Harvard doctoral student who conducts social science research on contemporary Japan.  Made possible by a generous grant from Akiyama Aiseikan (a pharmaceutical firm based in Hokkaido) and the Akiyama Life Science Foundation, the Akiyama Award commemorates the life of Akiyama Aiseikan’s past president, Mrs. Akiyama Kiyo.

Weekly Lunch before Seminars

The Program invites a select group of graduate students to the weekly lunch with seminar speakers. The lunch offers valuable professional opportunities for graduate students to network with distinguished scholars and practitioners in their fields of interest, and also interact with their Harvard faculty advisors and graduate student colleagues. For more information, please contact Shinju Fujihira, Executive Director.

Contemporary Japanese Politics Study Group

The Contemporary Japanese Politics Study Group enables advanced Ph.D. students to circulate their works-in-progress (conference paper, draft dissertation chapter etc.) and receive feedback. The study group’s invitation list includes over fifty faculty, graduate students, and visiting scholars at Harvard and in the greater Boston and New England region. The group meets every month, and also includes paper presentations by faculty and Postdoctoral Fellows in the area. The Study Group is chaired by Susan Pharr and Daniel Smith of the Department of Government, and is co-sponsored with the Reischauer Institute of Japanese Studies. For more information, please contact Shinju Fujihira, Executive Director. 

Research Pairs

Every academic year, graduate students and advanced undergraduates (especially those enrolled in senior honors thesis program) have the opportunity to work with the Program’s Associates who share similar research interests. Harvard students have gained valuable research contacts and ideas from Associates, and in some cases, the pairings have led to co-authored papers and joint research projects. In the fall semester, the Program sponsors a reception dedicated to the graduate students and advanced undergraduates, in order to connect them with Associates and Postdoctoral Fellows. For more information, please contact Shinju Fujihira, Executive Director.

Japanese Language Table

The monthly Japanese language table offers opportunities for Harvard students to practice their Japanese with Program Associates, as well as Japanese visiting scholars from Harvard’s various schools, departments, and centers. During the fall semester, the Program co-sponspors a reception with the Japanese Language Program to connect students to the Program Associates. The language table is co-sponsored with the Japanese Language Program and the Reischauer Institute of Japanese Studies. For more information, please contact Shinju Fujihira, Executive Director.

 

Harvard College Japan Summer Internship Program

The Program on U.S.-Japan Relations has developed a number of new internship opportunities for the Harvard College Japan Summer Internship Program, in collaboration with the Reischauer Institute of Japanese Studies. for Harvard College students. The new internship opportunities have included AD CapitalHakuhodoP&E DirectionsToray, Office of Representative Taro KonoOffice of Representative Akihisa Nagashima,Research Institute for Economy, Trade and Industry (RIETI)Center for Documentation of Refugees and Migrants (CDR) at the University of Tokyo, and other organizations. For more information on the Harvard College Japan Internship Program, please visit the Reischauer Institute website