Books by Postdoctoral Fellows and Associates

An academic year at the Program on U.S.-Japan Relations has enabled postdoctoral scholars and Academic Associates to complete a book manuscript or launch a new research project, and publish them from major university presses. 


The Program on U.S.-Japan Relations periodically organized a major conference to advance its research agenda, in partnership with other research institutions.  In the past few years, the Program has sponsored the following conferences:

Japanese Politics Online Seminar Series (JPOSS)

The Program on U.S.-Japan Relations provides staff support for JPOSS. It is a virtual forum to present and discuss research-in-progress on questions related to Japanese politics, broadly defined. We intend to build a community of students and scholars who seek to foster collaboration and scholarship on Japanese politics. JPOSS is led by Amy Catalinac (NYU), Charles Crabtree (Dartmouth), Christina Davis (Harvard), Yusaku Horiuchi (Dartmouth), Phillip Lipscy (University of Toronto), Frances McCall Rosenbluth (Yale), and Dan Smith (Harvard). For more information, please contact Shinju Fujihira sfujihira (at), the Program’s Executive Director.

Contemporary Japanese Politics Study Group

The Contemporary Japanese Politics Study Group is co-sponsored by the Program on U.S.-Japan Relations at the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs (WCFIA), and the Edwin O. Reischauer Institute of Japanese Studies. It offers opportunities for advanced Ph.D. students, faculty, postdoctoral fellows, and visiting scholars 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 others at Harvard and in the greater Boston and New England region. 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 (sfujihira (at), Executive Director of the Program on U.S.-Japan Relations. Due to COVID-19, in-person meetings of the study group have been suspended until further notice. 

Occasional Paper Series

Each Associate and Postdoctoral Fellow prepares a major research paper for submission to the Program's Occasional Paper Series.

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Other Resources

The Program on U.S.-Japan Relations is co-sponsored by the Edwin O. Reischauer Institute of Japanese Studies and the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs. The Reischauer Institute (originally the Japan Institute) was established in 1973 to develop and support Japanese studies at Harvard. The Weatherhead Center, founded as an autonomous research institute in 1958, also acts as an umbrella organization for several international programs at Harvard, providing administrative support and intellectual resources of great talent and variety.

With funding from the Reischauer Institute, Harvard established a Documentation Center on Contemporary Japan (DCCJ) in 1988. Paralleling similar collections on the People's Republic of China, the former Soviet Union, and the Middle East housed in the same library, the DCCJ brings together up-to-date materials, including satellite editions of leading Japanese newspapers; key journals and magazines; a select collection of books, reports, and documents that bear on issues relating to contemporary Japan; and access to such on-line databases as Nikkei Telecom and Gateway Japan. The DCCJ is a part of the Harvard University Library system, which houses one of the world's largest collections of research sources on Japan and East Asia.