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.
SAIS graduates are in great demand by employers in the public, private and nonprofit sectors. Economics knowledge, analytical abilities, regional expertise, diplomatic skills, language proficiency and the capacity to apply theory to real-world problems give our students a distinct professional advantage.
“After a decade of transition, Japan is coming back—despite the tragic earthquake and tsunami destruction of March 2011. And the nation is going global, even as it engages more deeply with Asia and the Middle East. Students in the Japan Studies Program are preparing for these trends with travel/study in the new, changing Japan. In recognition of Japan’s renewed importance in international affairs, the program offers scholarship support for all students.”Kent E. Calder, --Japan Studies
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 U.S.-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 U.S. 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 SAIS supports these efforts and the study of transpacific and intra-Asian relations to advance mutual understanding between Northeast Asia and the United States.
Japan Studies offers summer internship opportunities to work in Japanese and American organizations operating in both sides of the Pacific, providing travel and other financial support. This program allows interns to cultivate their Japanese language proficiency, develop professional working skills and enhance their cultural understanding of Japan.