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Japan Studies Association of Canada / Association canadienne d'études sur le Japon


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The purpose of the Japan Studies Association of Canada (JSAC) is to promote Japan Studies in Canada and to contribute towards increase in knowledge about Japan and Canada-Japan relations by:
  • Encouraging Canadian scholars and other interested persons to conduct research on Japan in all academic fields;
  • Sponsoring conferences and publishing proceedings of the conferences and other papers;
  • Encouraging Japanese scholars and any person interested in Japan studies to share their knowledge with the members of the Association.
Message from the JSAC President: text
Carin Holroyd                                                                    
Dr. Carin Holroyd
Associate Professor
Department of Political Studies
University of Saskatchewan



Professor James H. Tiessen, Toronto Metropolitan University (formerly Ryerson University) has been elected to be the next president of JSAC for a three-year term, commencing in October 2022. Congratulations, Jim!  Message from the President Elect: text

JSAC2022 Annual Conference will be held at Toronto Metropolitan University (formerly Ryerson University), Toronto, October 21-23, 2022.
Call for papers

Newsletter: Fillable information template

Honours & Awards: (full list in Honours & Awards)

Professor Jacob Kovalio received
the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Rosette from the Government of Japan.

Norio Ota received the Order of the Sacred Treasure, Gold and Silver Rays from the Government of Japan, November 3, 2021.

Pringsheim Award for students: Congratulations!

JSAC2020 Ad Hoc online conference:
    1st place   Maxime Bouthillier, York University
    2nd place  Tyler Correira, York University
    3rd place   Chris Satoor, York University
JSAC2021 annual online conference:
    Ph. D. category
Maxime Bouthillier, York University

    M.A. category:
Erika Schestak, York University    

JSAC Publication:
  • JSAC2012-13 Proceedings publication: Link
  • JSAC2014 Proceedings: Link
  • JSAC2015 Japan and Canada in Comparative Perspective: Economics: Link
  • JSAC/JACS/JCERN2015 Culture, Identity and Citizenship in Japan and Canada: Link
  • JSAC2016 Globalizing Japan: Issues in Language, Linguistics and Japanese Society: Link
  • JSAC2017 Future Uncertain: Economic, Environmental, Social and Political Challenges Facing Japan: Link
  • JSAC2018 Japan's World / The World's Japan: Images, Perceptions and Reactions: Proceedings: Link
  • JSAC2020 Post COVID-19 in Japan: Proceedings: Link

Membership activities: (you can find previous items in the Archive)
  • X.Jie Yang: Comprehensive Digitization and Discoverability Program: CDDP Video Series: Link
  • X.Jie Yang: Digital Hint and Trick: Link
  • X.Jie Yang: Emaki-Zanmai: Link
  • Bill Sewell: 'Japanese Public Health Concerns in Treaty-Port Manchuria':  Link               

Events & Opportunities:

2023 Japanese Government (MEXT) Scholarship Applications (Research Scholarship and Undergraduate Scholarship) are Now Open!  Link

The Asiatic Society of Japan 2022 Young Scholars’ Program (YSP)
-Call for Papers-  Link

Donation: Thank you!
Mr. Christopher Satoor (York University, Pringsheim Award 3rd winner, 2020)    $100

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