The Global Japan Lab (GJL) promotes and supports research, teaching, and training on contemporary Japan across multiple disciplines. GJL places particular emphasis on questions regarding demographic change, international relations, and environmental uncertainty – and the contexts in which they are experienced. As the oldest population in the world, a key player in international economic and political systems, and a country dramatically impacted by climate change and natural disasters, Japan is a particularly valuable source of insight. GJL collaborates closely with the UTokyo Center for Contemporary Japanese Studies (TCJS) as part of the Princeton-University of Tokyo Strategic Partnership.
Japan’s distinctive social, regional, and natural context make it a valuable source of insight into fundamentally important questions regarding demographic change, international relations, and environmental uncertainty – and the global environment in which they are experienced. In addition to these core global issues, GJL supports research and teaching on a wide range of topics central to understanding contemporary Japan.