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.