SOAS houses one of the largest concentrations of Japan specialists outside of Japan and the understanding of Japanese language, history, and culture has been a core area of study since the university admitted its first students in 1917 . The SOAS Japan Research Centre (JRC) has been the forum for Japan-related research activities at SOAS and in 2018, to mark its 40th year since establishment, the JRC launched the “40-40 Fuwaku Fund”. The meaning of Fuwaku (不惑) is to ‘follow the right course past the age of 40’.
The goal of the 40-40 Fuwaku Fund is to sustain the JRC through its next 40 years of activities (2018-2058), with a minimum target of 40 donors over 40 years contributing toward core JRC research activities.
Our aimTo become the pre-eminent centre for the study of Japan in the world. We will achieve this by:
- Producing even more cutting edge research on Japan.
- Widening the number of PhD scholarships to allow more students whatever their background to fulfil their desire to pursue the study of Japan at SOAS.
- Increasing the number of events which bring together those with an interest in Japan.
- Extending our global outreach.
- Nurture future generation of students whose holistic knowledge of Japan will be in demand by those companies with an interest in Japan.
The future of Japanese Studies research at SOAS
Gift range. Examples of how funds are distributed:
£10,000: Annual Postgraduate Studentship in Japanese Studies
£3,000: Annual lecture or symposium
£2,000: Annual JRC Research Seminars
£1,500: Academic Research Fieldwork Travel Grant
£500: JRC Outreach and Networking Activities
£100: A Small Grant for Academic Research Materials