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Japan is changing, both in security and economic affairs, after a generation of drift. The Japan Studies Program, with accomplished scholars, policy-experienced professionals and real-world work opportunities for students, is catching the wave. Johns Hopkins SAIS is one of the few International Relations graduat eprograms to offer a concentration focused specifically on Japan. The Reischauer Center for East Asian Studies, closely affiliated to the program, supports these efforts by conducting policy-relavant research and providing links to Asian Studies in general.
The Japan Studies Program gives students in-depth knowledge of many facets of Japan and familiarity with Japanese history, politics, society, and foreign policy relations. It designed to provide the students multi-disciplinary understanding of Japan through coursework, seminars and events at the Reischauer Center for East Asian Studies, working with the Reischauer Center Visiting Scholars, research opportunities including publishing, class trips, and internships. The curriculum helps prepare students for careers in business, government, journalism, research, and a variety of other professional fields.
The Japan Studies Program offers students the opportunity to work with experienced scholars and practitioners in small-group settings. One highlight traditionally has been for students to undertake travel-study and publish their findings in a US-Japan Relations Yearbook, which has a quarter-century tradition and is unique in its field. The volume is circulated, in both English and Japanese, to various institutions including the US Congress, the Japanese Diet, as well as think tanks, universities and experts in both countries.
The Edwin O. Reischauer Center for East Asian Studies at Johns Hopkins SAIS supports the research and study of transpacific and intra-Asian relations to advance mutual understanding between Northeast Asia and the United States. Among the Reischauer Center's diverse activities are the following: Northeast Asia Political Economy Seminar US-Japan Relations Yearbook Visiting scholar programs US-Japan policy dialogue International conferences Reischauer Memorial Lectures Student summer internships in Japan Student scholarships Asia-Pacific Policy Papers Series Tokyo-Reischauer Group (online transpacific discussion on US-Japan relations) Learn more about the Reischauer Center.
Japan Studies offers field trips every fall and spring term. Destinations include US-Japan related government such as the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, business and mass media offices in Washington, DC, and meetings with distinguished alumni.
Japan Studies students have the opportunity to travel to Japan under the auspices of the Reischauer Center Summer Internship Program. Since sending its first intern in 1984, the Center has sent over 100 students to Japan to work in Japanese and American organizations for 10 weeks during the summer. The program allows the interns to cultivate their language proficiency, develop working skills pertinent to their future careers and enhance their cultural understanding.
Students who have sufficient Japanese language skills, a desire to be immersed in a Japanese work environment, and acceptable grades are encouraged to apply for a summer internship.
Successful applicants are given roundtrip tickets to and from Japan, housing, and, in many cases, stipends to defray local expenses. The Center makes all housing arrangements.
Examples of where the students have interned in the past:
Corporations and financial institutions:
Japan Studies provides at least some fellowship support to all its students.
SAIS Japan Club, run by Japan Studies students, students at the school with an interest in Japan, and Reischauer Center Visiting Sholars, aims at helping students to learn about Japanese language and culture.
The club holds weekly language table, and other cultural events such as happy hour at Japanese restaurants, cherry blossom picnic, participation in international dinner, movie nights, and karaoke with Georgetown University Japan Club.
Japan Studies Program Learning Goals and Objectives
Entering Class 2016-2017
MA students must take the equivalent of 16 non-language courses (64 credits) in order to graduate. Those students who are approved for dual degree or advanced standing may only need to take 12 courses (48 credits) or 14 courses (56 credits) as approved by Academic Affairs.
Students concentrating in Japan Studies must take at least 4 courses within this program.
Students also must fulfill the general requirements for the field of Asian Studies, that is, an additional 2 Asian Studies courses outside of Japan Studies.
Students in Japan Studies also have the option of pursuing a specialization in the International Relations of Asia (AsiaIR).
Students must complete 4 courses within this program.
· Macroeconomics (prerequisite or concurrent Microeconomics)
· International Trade Theory (prerequisite Microeconomics)
· International Monetary Theory (prerequisite Macroeconomics)
Eligible students who pass the waiver exams in these subjects or who pass Microeconomics in Pre-Term must replace those courses with alternate economics courses. Many students choose to pursue an International Economics Specialization in one of four areas of economics and therefore use electives to meet these requirements. Students may also choose to specialize in Emerging Markets.
Students must receive a 2.67 average in the 4 required economics courses or they must retake a course(s) until a 2.67 average is obtained. If any of the 4 courses are achieved by passing a waiver exam or during Pre-Term, the student must substitute an economics elective course(s) in place of the waived course(s) in order to fulfill the economics requirement above. In this case, SAIS will use the highest economics program elective course grade(s) to compute this average if a student is replacing one or more of the 4 required courses of Microeconomics, Macroeconomics, International Trade Theory or International Monetary Theory.
Students must complete one course from the list below.
· Statistical Methods for Business & Economics
· Econometrics (prerequisite Statistical Methods for Business & Economics)
· Applied Econometrics (prerequisite Econometrics)
· Macro Econometrics (prerequisite Econometrics)
· Risk Analysis and Modeling
· Quantitative Global Economics (prerequisite International Monetary Theory)
Students may not double-count a Quantitative Reasoning requirement as one of the four required International Economics courses and vice-versa. Eligible students who pass the statistics waiver exam or pass the statistics course in Pre-Term are still required to take an alternate Quantitative Reasoning course from the list above.
All SAIS students must pass 2 core exams and/or courses in addition to their concentration requirements. Japan Studies concentrators must pass Comparative Politics as one of their core requirements prior to the start of their third semester. If the second core is not completed by the start of the final semester, a student must enroll in second core course.
· American Foreign Policy Since World War II
· Comparative Politics (old name Comparative National Systems)
· Evolution of the International Systems
· Theories of International Relations
Japan Studies MA candidates must pass exams to demonstrate proficiency in Japanese. All non-native English speakers are required to pass an English placement exam upon entering the school. Native Japanese speakers must pass proficiency in a second language which can include English.
Japan Studies MA concentrators must complete ONE of the following capstones:
Japan Studies Minor Requirements: (as of AY16/17)
General Minor Requirements:
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Japan Studies offers wide range of courses in many topics including but not limited to: political system, economy, US-Japan alliance and other foreign relations, energy policies, comparative politics, international development, and history, helping students develop diverse knowledge about Japan.
Japan Studies, in collaboration with Reischauer Center, holds weekly public seminars as well as luncheons which the students are invited to. The presentation are given by Japan Studies Professors, Reischauer Center Visiting Scholars, and outside guests (State Department representatives, current and former Ambassadors, University Professors, Researchers from thinktanks, etc) covering diverse topics related to Japan as well as other Asian Countries.
Japan Studies alumni have pursued their careers in various organizations and sectors including:
... and many more.
Japan Studies, together with the Reischauer Center, annually coordinates and supports the publication of a yearbook focusing on US-Japan relations. The focus of the book is on the past year’s developments in US-Japan economic, security, financial, and cultural relations. The book is circulated, in both English and Japanese, throughout the world, as it has been for over 25 years. This is the longest continuously published survey of US-Japan relations available anywhere in the world.
Both authors and editors are graduate students at Johns Hopkins SAIS, primarily in the Japan Studies Program working in cooperation with knowledgeable bilingual faculty. The students research and interview experts in the field of US-Japan relations, after completing a rigorous academic introduction to their subject. After a rigorous review process, the papers eventually become individual chapters of the yearbook. In addition to receiving academic credit for their contribution to the publication, the goal of the students is to help bring increased mutual understanding to contemporary US-Japan relations, and to provide a framework for the maintenance of a constructive US-Japan relationship.
Japan Studies faculties, together with the Reischauer Center for East Asian Studies scholars and Research fellows, conduct research on a range of topics impacting the future direction of US-Japan bilateral relations by focusing on the status quo and the lack of various essential policy dialogues between the two countries. The Center actively advocates and contributes to solutions for both private and public issues via our activities. For more details of the Reischauer Center’s research focus on specific topics, you can browse each topic below: