Call for Applicants: Saitama University’s MA program in Japanese & Asian Culture

Saitama University’s Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences is excited to announce that we are now accepting applications for admission to our MA program in Japanese & Asian Culture, for the Fall 2017 semester.  The deadline for receipt of all application materials is March 31, 2017.

The program centers on interdisciplinary study of Japanese and Asian history, literature, material culture, and other cultural studies topics, through coursework conducted in English. Areas of particular faculty and program strength include Japanese military history and samurai culture, political and intellectual history, and the history and culture of performing arts. Students with the requisite language ability will also have the option of taking classes in Japanese, but will not be required to do so.  

Japanese language study at all levels is supported, and strongly encouraged, but not required.  Even students in early stages of Japanese language training will therefore be able to develop an in-depth understanding of Japanese and Asian history and culture, while living and studying in Japan.  

Saitama University is a national university offering undergraduate and graduate programs to just under 8000 students. Conveniently located in Saitama City, about half an hour’s travel time north of Tokyo, it offers a happy balance of urban and natural environment and low cost of living.  Housing is available on campus in our very comfortable International House dormitory, or off campus in a wide range of apartments. The university will sponsor students who need guarantors for housing contracts.

We would be very grateful if you would circulate this email and encourage potential students to apply. We welcome motivated students from all over the world!

Fulltime Faculty:

Karl Friday, Ph.D., is professor of premodern Japanese history in the Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences. Email:

Roger H. Brown, Ph.D., is professor of modern Japanese history and US-Japan relations in the Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences. Email:

Tove Bjoerk, Ph.D., is associate professor of Japanese literature in the Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences. Email:

Zilia Zara-Papp, Ph.D., is associate professor of Media Studies in the Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences. 

For faculty profiles, course lists, and other details concerning the program and the application process, please see:

For more on Saitama University itself, please see:

Questions should be addressed to our faculty or to the following address:

Department of Japanese and Asian Studies
Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences
Saitama University
Shimo-Okubo 255, Sakura-ku, Saitama-Shi, 338-8570 Japan


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