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Research in Japanese Studies covers a broad range of disciplines and topics, many of which lack counterparts in Europe as well as globally. In history, we are one of the few institutions in the world that focuses on pre-modern as well as modern Japan, covering religious, ideological, social and political changes over the long term. In literature as well, our researchers explore both texts, images, and palaeography from the pre-modern to the modern. On the social science side, we explore Japanese society in all its complexity from popular culture and gender to Japanese concepts of time and sleep. Finally, in the realm of politics and international relations, our researchers provide insight into post-war society and governance, while paying special attention to Japan’s role in the larger region of East Asia.


Japanese History
Japanese Literature - Bookshop
History  Literature
Japanese Codicology
Japanese Culture and Society
Manuscript Studies Culture and Society
Japanese International Relations
Politics and International Relations
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