Letter from the Director

September 2, 2022

Dear Friends,
 
Welcome to the new academic year! I hope that the gradual return to travel and activities has allowed you to have a fulfilling summer.  It was wonderful to meet the new associates for an orientation lunch at the Harvard Faculty Club this week and see students starting up a new year full of enthusiasm. I write to share with you a brief preview of the year ahead and invite you to participate in our program activities. 
 
In the fall semester, we will continue to present our weekly seminar series on zoom, usually on Mondays during 12:00-1:00 p.m. U.S. Eastern Time. In our efforts to connect with scholars in Japan, we will begin the fall semester with two evening panels (8:00-9:15 pm ET) featuring Jennifer Lind (Dartmouth College) and Koichi Nakano (Sophia University), on “Shinzo Abe and Japan’s 21st Century” on Sept. 19; and Junya Nishino (Keio University) and Sue Mi Terry (Wilson Center), on “Japan, South Korea, and U.S. Alliance Politics in East Asia” on Sept. 26. Our other seminars include a panel with Kelly Gallagher (The Fletcher School, Tufts University) and Miranda Schreurs (Technical University of Munich), on “China and Japan in the Global Politics of Climate Change”; and presentations by Nicholas Mulder (Cornell University), Michael Thornton (Northeastern University), Nobuko Nagase (Ochanomizu University), Michael Sharpe (CUNY Graduate Center), among others. 
 
During the 2022-23 academic year, we will host 17 affiliates—3 Postdoctoral Fellows, 5 Academic Associates, and 9 practitioner Associates. It is an impressive group of individuals with a diverse array of expertise to share about Japanese economy, politics, society, and foreign affairs. We value the contributions of our 55 Faculty Associates, and continue to expand our faculty outreach at Harvard and beyond. As we return to campus, we will explore new ways to enhance support for graduate and undergraduate students on research, teaching, and summer internships, and are delighted to partner with the Japan Policy Network, led by the Harvard College students. 
 
We also encourage you to use the Program’s Alumni Directory, searchable by name, year, and institution. Please check out our publications webpage, and the page on recent Occasional Papers Series including the latest papers by the 2021-22 scholars Gabrielle Cheung and Masataka Harada. Recent and forthcoming books by former affiliates include Jessamyn Abel’s Dream Super Express and Henry Laurence’s The Politics of Public Broadcasting in Britain and Japan
 
We are fortunate to continue our research on “Policy Innovations in Crises: New Pathways for Japan-U.S. Cooperation,” with generous support from the Japan Foundation. The project funds a Government Department course, “Japan and Globalization,” taught by Policy Innovations Fellow, Dr. Nicholas Fraser. We continue to provide staff support for the Japanese Politics Online Seminar Series (JPOSS), which has the average participation of 40 scholars dedicated to the study of Japanese politics. Please check out the article by the workshop organizers, “Workshops Without Borders: Building an Online Community of Japan Scholars.” 
 
Thank you to Shinju Fujihira, Sophie Welsh, and our new program coordinator Jennifer Crist for all of their work to plan events and create a collaborative environment for our associates. We are grateful to the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs (WCFIA) and the Reischauer Institute of Japanese Studies for the continued partnership to build the knowledge of Japan at Harvard. 

For updates, please check our website, Twitter, and Facebook. Please subscribe to our SoundCloud and YouTube to access our past seminars. We hope to hear from you about your ideas and activities and see you at our events!
 
Sincerely,
 
Christina
 
Christina L. Davis
Director, Program on U.S.-Japan Relations, WCFIA
Edwin O. Reischauer Professor of Japanese Politics 
Department of Government
Harvard University