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Remaking Area StudiesTeaching and Learning across Asia and the Pacific$
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Terence Wesley-Smith and Jon Goss

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780824833213

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824833213.001.0001

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The Evolution of “Area Studies” in Japan

The Evolution of “Area Studies” in Japan

The Impact of Global Context and Institutional Setting

(p.71) Chapter 4 The Evolution of “Area Studies” in Japan
Remaking Area Studies

Lonny E. Carlile

University of Hawai'i Press

This chapter traces the evolution of area studies in Japan from the nineteenth century on and looks at how changing geopolitical considerations and institutional reforms have shaped contemporary forms of international study. It describes the early and wholesale adoption of Western scientific modes of inquiry in higher education in Japan—initially leading researchers to view even their own culture as “other.” In more recent times the status of area studies research and education has changed dramatically as Japan has been confronted with the new demands of globalization and become obliged to adopt a more independent and assertive regional posture.

Keywords:   area studies, Japan, international study, other, globalization

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