About the Program

The Program was founded in 1980 based on the belief that the United States and Japan have become so interdependent that the problems they face require cooperation. Co-sponsored by the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs and the Edwin O. Reischauer Institute of Japanese Studies, the Program enables scholars and outstanding professionals from government, business, finance, journalism, NGOs, and other fields to come together at Harvard. Over the academic year...

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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.

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Applying to the Program

Research and Academic Associates

The roughly 16 Associates who join the Program include businesspeople, government officials, journalists, and scholars. They are primarily from Japan and the United States, but the Program has also hosted Associates from Australia, Canada, the People's Republic...

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The director of the Program is Susan J. Pharr, Edwin O. Reischauer Professor of Japanese Politics, Department of Government; currently she also serves as director of the Edwin O. Reischauer Institute of Japanese Studies. She has been a member of the Harvard faculty since 1987. Ezra F. Vogel, Henry Ford II Research Professor of the Social Sciences serves as Honorary Director. Shinju Fujihira serves as Associate...

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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...

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