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Department of Japanese Studies

Where tradition and modernity coalesce
Founded in 1917, our department is one of the oldest Asian language and culture centres in Australia.

We conduct teaching and research in Japanese modern and pre-modern history, language, society and literature. Our students acquire a combination of language proficiency and an in-depth understanding of cultural difference, enabling professional opportunities in a number of areas ranging from international business to government and non-government organisations. 

The University’s East Asian Collection includes over 120,000 titles consisting of primary and secondary sources from China, Japan and Korea. The library also boasts a rich collection of books on Japanese art and art history.

Study area

Study area_

Modern languages and cultures

Secure your global future

When you study language or linguistics with us, you will gain qualities that set you apart – unique communication skills and deep cultural awareness.

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Our research

Our strengths in research cover the following areas:

  • the interconnections of modern Japanese social, cultural, and political history
  • Japanese pre-modern intellectual history and political philosophy
  • pop and media culture and the literature-anime nexus
  • modern Japanese poetry, comparative literature, and Australian literature
  • modern and contemporary Japanese fiction and literary theory
  • Japanese cinema and mass culture
  • Japanese and East Asian media, the government, media industry, and audience nexus
  • Japanese sociolinguistics and linguistics
  • Japanese language and pedagogy
  • Chinese communities in Australia and Japan
  • pre-modern Japanese urban history
  • early temple and residential architecture
  • spatial theory: spatial-structural history
  • Japan-Korea relations, historical and contemporary
  • postcolonial studies and cross-cultural representations. 


Our advanced exchange programs provide life-changing experiences in Japan where students exercise their language skills and develop an understanding of cultural intricacies first hand. 

  • University of Tsukuba, Ibaraki-Ken
  • Ritsumeikan University, Kyoto
  • Nagoya University, Nagoya
  • Rikkyo University, Tokyo
  • Hosei University, Tokyo. 

Our people


Visit the What's On calendar to see our upcoming events and seminars.

Department Chair (Acting)

School of Languages and Cultures

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