Friday, April 12, 2013

Concentration Profile: Japan Studies

This post is the fifteenth in an on-going series highlighting SAIS concentrations.

SAIS is one of the few International Relations graduate programs to offer a concentration focused on Japan.  Why is Japan important? Dr. Kent Calder, SAIS professor and Director of Japan Studies, explains:
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.
To hear Professor Calder discuss Japan Studies further, click here.
In addition to their Japan coursework, students pursuing Japan Studies at SAIS also take courses focusing on at least two other countries or regions of Asia.  Many students in Japan Studies pursue additional research work, and benefit from the concentration’s close affiliation with The Edwin O. Reischauer Center for East Asian Studies.  The Reischauer Center offers a range of activities, from lectures and seminars to summer internships and opportunities to publish.
To learn more about Japan Studies, please click here.
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To read previous entries in this series, please click here.