Japanese Studies is a bi-monthly academic journal founded in May 1985, which is under the supervision of Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS) and published by the Institute of Japanese Studies, CASS, and Chinese Association of Japanese Studies. The journal publishes works of comprehensive studies on Japan’s political, diplomatic, economic, social, cultural, historical and other issues, with the purpose of promoting the development of Chinese study on Japan and the Sino-Japanese relations.
Institute of Japanese Studies,CASS
The Institute of Japanese Studies (IJS) under the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS) was initially founded on May the 1st 1981. It is a non-profit academic institution engaged in comprehensive studies of Japan. The research works at IJS are basically conducted in its five research departments focusing respectively on Japanese politics, economy, society, culture and diplomacy. With equal attention to theoretical and practical issues, the Institute strives to promote the construction of Japanese studies in China, enhance mutual understanding between the two peoples, strengthen friendly relations between the two countries, and contribute to China's reform and opening up and modernization construction.
Major Research Activities:
1. Focusing on contemporary Japan, the Institute carries out thematic or comprehensive research programs based on individual or collaborative research. It also takes assignments entrusted by the relevant government departments.
2. The Institute actively undertakes academic exchanges, inviting foreign experts and scholars for lecturing, sending researchers to Japan and other countries for study tours, training and other academic activities, exchanging information with relevant foreign institutions, and organizing symposiums
3. The Institute is engaged in strengthening research exchanges and cooperation between institutions of Japanese studies nationwide, promoting information exchange and organizing key interdisciplinary research across institutes, as well as supervising the daily routines of relevant societies.
4. The Department of Japanese Studies of the Graduate School of CASS runs an M.A. program and a Ph.D. program in Japanese studies.
Director: Li Wei
Deputy Director: Gao Hong,Yang Bojiang , Wang Xiaofeng
Academic Board: Jiang Lifeng, Li Wei, Gao Hong, Han Tieying, Wang Wei, Cui Shiguang, Wang Ping, Zhang Jifeng, Lyu Yaodong, Jiang Ruiping, Wang Xinsheng
Professional and Technical Qualifications Accreditation Committee: Li Wei, Gao Hong, Han Tieying, Cui Shiguang, Liu Shilong, Wang Ping, Zhang Jifeng, Zhao Jinping, Shang Huipeng
The Department of Japanese Politics, directed by Wu Huaizhong, is mainly engaged in the study of the Japanese political system, political parties, political scenes, and defense.
The Department of the Japanese Economy, directed by Xu Mei, conducts research on the Japanese economic system and structure, and constantly follows the current economic situation in Japan.
The Department of Japanese Diplomacy, directed by Lyu Yaodong, studies Japan’s diplomatic policies and foreign economic relations in the contemporary world, as well as Japan's policies in Asian-Pacific economic cooperation.
The Department of Japanese Society, directed by Hu Peng, studies Japan’s social structure, social trends and social security.
The Department of Japanese Culture, directed by Zhang Jianli, studies Japanese culture, the national character and enterprise culture.
The Library and Document Center, directed by Han Yongshun, is specialized in Japanese studies. It boasts over 55,000 books and over 300 kinds of newspapers and periodicals in both Chinese and foreign languages. This department accepts donated books from domestic and foreign scholars and institutions. Now it has several bases.
The Editorial Department of the Journal of Japanese Studies, directed by Lin Chang, collaborating with Chinese Association for Japanese Studies, edits and publishes the Journal of Japanese Studies (a bi-monthly academic journal), issued to the public at home and abroad.
The Office of Administration is directed by Wu Qinglian.
Research Projects and Publications:
Since the founding of the Institute, researchers have published a number of academic works, including:
Concise Encyclopedia of Japan, Overview of Japan, Development Prospects of Japan, Contemporary Japanese Politics, Difficult to Draw Japanese, Ups and Downs of Japan in the 21st Century, Japan: Toward a Political Power, Japanese Diplomacy: 1945—1995, Three Views on Sino-Japanese Relation, An Introduction to Japanese Politics, Post-War and Contemporary Japanese Social Trends, New Technological Revolution in Japan, Japanese Economic System, Japan’s Economic Vitality, Japanese Hi-Tech Development, Hi-Tech and Japan’s National Strategy, Comparative Study on Circulation Industries in China and Japan, Japan’s Experience and China’s Reform, Problem, Action, Mechanism: Lessons from Japanese Economic Development, Implications of Japan’s Modern Success, Social Development and Policy Options in Contemporary Japan, History of Japanese Literature, Japanese Civilization, Biographies of Japanese Emperors, Post-War Japan Book Series, Japanese Government’s Development Assistance, Regeneration or Decline, Japanese Studies in China.
Besides, the Institute has published a number of papers and research reports, some of which have quite an impact at home and abroad.
The Institute has maintained contact and long-term academic cooperation with over 30 Chinese and international counterparts, regularly exchanging personnel and information. Large-scale seminars that have been held include: the “Technological Civilization and Modernization” Symposium co-sponsored with Japan’s Honda Consortium, “The Development of Sino-Japanese Aging Societies and Countermeasures” Symposium co-organized with Nippon Life Insurance and the NLI Research Institute, the “Japan Towards the 21st Century ” International Symposium jointly hosted with the Japan Economic Management Education Association, the “Sino-Japanese Relations in 1990s” International Symposium, the “50 Years of Post-War Japan” Sino-Japanese Symposium, and more. The Institute has also successfully held six “Sino-Japanese Youth Forums” with the Japan-China Technology and Study Exchange Group, the “Sino-Japanese Economic Seminar” with Nagoya City University, the “Youth Forum on Japanese Studies” with the China International Friendly Contact, etc. Each symposium has published a collection of papers. Practicing an opening up policy, the Institute strengthens cooperation and exchanges with international organizations, and accepts project funding and donations from domestic and foreign foundations and other institutions.