Anglo-Japanese Foundation and the Japan Foundation, this survey targeted those universities which were carrying out Japanese Studies and Japan related research (or had ceased to since 2002), regardless of whether or not they offered Japanese language education as well. The survey was sent to 54 universities offering either Japanese Studies or Japanese language education.
To read the General Summary of the results, please click here.
The results of the survey have shown the following general trends:
- The growth of Japanese Studies (as part of East Asian studies or otherwise) at a Postgraduate level is notable, with a number of new MA and Mphil courses offered at universities such as Birkbeck and Bristol.
- In a number of cases, Japanese Studies courses and resources have been consolidated (under the heading of East Asian Studies) to a number of key centres with increased research and funding capability within universities throughout the country.
- Japanese language continues to enjoy popularity among students.
- Where institutions have decided to stop Japanese Studies as part of a degree, some continue to offer Japanese language provision as part of non-credit or 'Institution Wide Language Programmes'.
The Japan Foundation hopes that the results of this survey will provide a valuable resource and brings attention to the national and institutional importance of the field.
We would like to sincerely thank all the universities that participated, The Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation and Dr Naofumi Nakamura (Institute of Social Science, University of Tokyo) and Hiroshi Shimizu (London School of Economics and Political Science) who compiled the analysis of the results.
The Japan Foundation London
* The results of the 2001-2 Survey is compiled into a comprehensive book entitled Japanese Degree Courses 2001-2.Please contact the Japan Foundation London if you would like a copy of Japanese Degree Courses 2001-2.