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Aya Saniku shinbun poster from Dr Aya Homei's research into the history of midwifery in modern Japan

Japanese Studies research

We deliver fresh insight into the importance of studying Japan through cutting-edge research.

The Japanese Studies department at Manchester has been established since 2007.

Our department is made up of Japanese Studies specialists as well as a number of staff from other disciplines whose work focuses wholly or partly on Japan.

With backgrounds in areas such as history, engineering, literature and political sciences, our staff bring a range of expertise to the department.

Current research being carried out by our Japanese Studies team includes:

  • The relationship between religion and violence;
  • The contemporary religious dynamics of 21st century Japan;
  • The reproduction and replication of pilgrimage sites in Japan;
  • Education and socialisation in Japan;
  • Japanese educational reforms;
  • Japanese women's entrance into the public sphere in 19th century Japan;
  • Women readers, writers, and reading practices from the seventeenth to the nineteenth centuries.