Initiatives

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, the Akiyama Award commemorates the life of Akiyama Aiseikan’s past president, Mrs. Akiyama Kiyo.  Listed below are the recipients of the Akiyama Award, their research, and current affiliations.

Research Pairs

Every academic year, the Program pairs its Associates with Harvard students who share similar research interests. This is an important initiative to ensure that our Associates are integrated in and contributes substantively to Harvard's academic life. In the past, Harvard students have benefited substantially from the knowledge and research contacts which our Associates have provided. 

Contemporary Japanese Politics Study Group

The Program on U.S.-Japan Relations co-sponsors the Contemporary Japanese Politics Study Group, with the Reischauer Institute of Japanese Studies. The study group meets several times throughout the academic year, and brings together faculty, graduate students, and visiting scholars at Harvard and in the greater New England region. It provides opportunities for scholars to present their written work in progress and receive feedback. 

Harvard College Japan Summer Internship Program

In cooperation with the Reischauer Institute of Japanese Studies, the Program on U.S.-Japan Relations supports the development of new internship opportunities for Harvard College students. Over the past several years, the Program has successfully placed Harvard College students as summer interns in AD CapitalHakuhodoP&E DirectionsTorayOffice 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 theReischauer Institute website

Japanese Language Table

The Program on U.S.-Japan Relations co-sponsors the monthly Japanese language table, in cooperation with the Japanese Language Program and the Reischauer Institute of Japanese Studies. The language table brings together program Associates, and faculty, students, and visiting scholars at Harvard who are interested in practicing their Japanese language.