Subject: Announcing Japan Past & Present

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Dear colleagues,

The Yanai Initiative for Globalizing Japanese Humanities, a collaborative project of UCLA and Waseda University, is excited to announce Japan Past & Present (JPP), a digital platform now under development that will support the Japanese humanities throughout the world. Serving as a central hub for interdisciplinary and international research, including scholarly communication and exchange, JPP will function as a repository for information, materials, and resources relevant to studying and teaching about premodern, early modern, and modern and contemporary Japan. Eventually, we expect that it will also sponsor conferences, workshops, and other relevant events.

Japan Past & Present seeks to:

  • facilitate research and study on Japan
  • provide equitable access to scholarly tools and materials
  • support diverse and inclusive communities in the Japanese humanities
  • foster international and multilingual collaboration and scholarship
  • raise public awareness of Japan’s past and its enduring relevance in the present day

Conceived as a hub whose various projects will be planned and implemented with the participation of its users, JPP will be institutionally housed at the Waseda International House of Literature, or Waseda Kokusai Bungakukan 早稲田大学国際文学館. 

The initial stages of development are now underway, and JPP will soon begin releasing advertisements with information about part time, funded positions available to those who wish to participate in a number of short-term and long-term committees in service to our organizational goals.

If you or your institution would be interested in collaborating on a project with Japan Past & Present, please be in contact with our Operations Leader, Paula R. Curtis ( To read more about the launch of Japan Past & Present, see the press releases on the UCLA and Waseda websites.

We very much look forward to working with many of you to develop a robust digital platform that supports a vibrant future for Japanese humanities.

Best wishes,
Michael Emmerich
Director, Yanai Initiative for Globalizing Japanese Humanities
University of California, Los Angeles