Established in 1974, the Journal of Japanese Studies features original, analytically rigorous articles from across the humanities and social sciences, including comparative and transnational scholarship in which Japan plays a major part


August 29, 1979. University of Washington. Presentation of first part of a five-year grant from the Suntory Foundation.

Journal of Japanese Studies Timeline

Highlights of the first 50 years of JJS publication


Pyle Prize for Best Article in JJS

A selection committee has chosen Pedro Bassoe’s article “Life Through the Lens: Ozaki Kōyō and the Birth of the Photographic Imagination in Japanese Literature” as winner of the 2022 Pyle Prize

Established in 1974, the Journal of Japanese Studies is a multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary forum for communicating new information, interpretations, and research on Japan.  Its core objective is to maintain an enduring record of highest-quality and evidence-based scholarship through publication of empirical and interpretive work on Japan.  The Journal is committed to inclusion and the opportunity for scholars to engage with others without malice or harassment. Original submissions from across the humanities and social sciences are welcome, as are those on comparative and transnational topics in which Japan plays a major part.  The Journal values analytically rigorous articles that locate specialized research findings in a broader context for scholars working on Japan.  Other features of the Journal are its extensive and substantive book review section and its “Perspectives” essays offering broader evaluations of particular topics or literatures.

The Journal is published twice each year, winter and summer.  Submissions are welcomed from both early-career and established scholars.  All submissions undergo a rigorous peer-review process.  Authors are expected to engage with Japanese-language sources and scholarship.

The Journal of Japanese Studies is published by the Society for Japanese Studies and housed at the University of Washington.  It is supported by an endowment and by the Japan Foundation, the University of Washington, and private gifts.  Contents of the Journal of Japanese Studies are available online in the Project Muse and JSTOR databases.  The publication policies of the Journal meet the normal requirements for Open Access.

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