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    About the Japan Studies Institute

    The Japan Studies Institute is a national faculty development institute focused on helping participants integrate Japanese studies into their undergraduate curricula. 
    Typically, the institute involves two weeks of intensive seminars, lectures, readings, film discussions and cultural activities related to Japanese history, culture, literature, government, business, language and education and is held on the AASCU member campus San Diego State University. However, due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, AASCU has cancelled the in-person institute for 2020 and will be hosting a webinar series.

    About the Webinar Series

    AASCU invites faculty and staff at member institutions to join us for a free webinar series exploring key topics and themes from the Japan Studies Institute. Participants may attend any or all of the five-part webinar series, which will take place from May 13–July 8.
    Webinars will focus on the pre-modern history and culture of Japan as well as contemporary topics that address the effects of COVID-19 on U.S.-Japan relations. Webinars will also include strategies for participants to integrate information and resources about Japan into their courses and student engagement programming.

    Please email Jody Dixon, AASCU’s program coordinator of global initiatives, for more information and to register. Here are the webinars that will be part of the series:

    Part 1: Education in Japan
    May 13, 2–3 p.m. EDT

    Part 2: The Tokyo Olympics—Promises and Pitfalls of Hosting
    May 27, 2–3 p.m. EDT

    Part 3: Trump, Japan, and Asia: Japanese Foreign Policy in an Era of Uncertainty
    June 10, 2–3 p.m. EDT

    Part 4: When Your Survival Depends on Business with Japan
    June 24, 2–3 p.m. EDT

    Part 5: Developing Academic Partnerships and Other Exchange Opportunities in Japan
    July 8, 2–3 p.m. EDT


    • Jody Dixon
      Program Coordinator,
      Global Initiatives
      (202) 478-7814