About Us

The Center for Japanese Studies (CJS) is a coordinating unit of the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa (UHM), the flagship campus of the University of Hawaiʻi (UH), which fosters the study of Japan across academic disciplines. It is housed among other area studies units within the School of Pacific & Asian Studies (SPAS), which focuses on the international, intercultural, and multidisciplinary education of UH Students.

News & Events

CJS Events Calendar

List of News & Events


Notice: Our office (Moore Hall 216) is closed for in-person business until further notice.
For assistance, please contact cjs@hawaii.edu

CJS Webinar

flyer for upcoming talk on Oct. 14

2021-2022 Crown Prince Akihito Scholarship Applications

Attention UHM graduate students:
The Crown Prince Akihito Scholarship Foundation (CPAS) is now accepting scholarship applications for the 2021-2022 academic year. The total award value is $45,000. There will be an Orientation Session via Zoom on Wed., September 16, 2020, 2:00-3:00pmRSVP to myokomichi@jashawaii.org to confirm your attendance and receive the link to join directly. 
Scholarship: Covers one-year of study in Japan with an annual $30,000 scholarship award plus $15,000 annual allowance which will cover tuition and one-time roundtrip airfare from Honolulu to Japan.
Open to: American graduate students at UH Mānoa pursuing study in subject area leading to better understanding between Japan and the U.S.
Deadline to apply: Friday, October 30, 2020
All applicants must appear before the CPAS Foundation Screening Committee via Zoom on Wednesday, November 18, 2020.
All finalists must appear before the CPAS Foundation Board of Trustees via Zoom on Friday, December 18, 2020.
To apply:
PDF-writeable version also available on-line at the Crown Prince Akihito Scholarship Foundation website at www.cpasfoundation.org
PDF info. flyers:

2021 Monbukagakusho (MEXT) Research Student Scholarship

Information on the 2021 MEXT (research student) scholarship is available on the Consulate General of Japan in Honolulu’s website here.
PDF flyers:

J-Current Newsletter, Spring 2020

Access our Spring 2020 newsletter, the "J-Current" here. We published the issue on June 9, 2020, and sent an updated newsletter with corrections on June 10th.

Graduate Certificate in Japanese Studies

The Asian Studies Graduate Program offers a Certificate in Japanese Studies that are open to UHM students of graduate standing who meet the admission requirements. To obtain the certificate, students must complete 15 credits of coursework on Japan, with at least 9 credits at 600 level or above (including ASAN 600J Scope and Methods of Japanese Studies, ASAN 750J Research Colloquium in Japanese Studies), and demonstrate at least second year level Japanese language.

For further information, please contact the Asian Studies Graduate Program Chair, Dr. Young-A Park, at [yapark@hawaii.edu]

Visit Us

Our office will be closed until further notice. CJS staff are available by e-mail as they work from home during this time. 

Our office hours and contact information are:

Monday-Friday, 9:00am – 12:00pm; 1:00pm-5:00pm
Moore Hall 216, 1890 East-West Rd., Honolulu, HI 96822

Email: cjs@hawaii.edu
Phone: 808-956-2665
Fax: 808-956-2666