The NAJS was established in 2002, with the aim to provide a border-crossing network for research on various facets of modern and contemporary Japanese society. Our major activity is the annual 2-day conference, where researchers and doctoral students gather to meet, share information and experiences, but mostly to discuss each other’s research.

The format of the conference is essential to the character of our association. Apart from the keynote speeches, there are no presentations. To make most of our precious but limited time together, papers are distributed to all participants before the conference and pre-read. Accordingly, all time allotted to one paper is used for thorough discussion, first by assigned discussants, followed by open debate. For those looking for input on their research and yet unpublished papers, the conference provides the opportunity, in a collegial informal atmosphere, to receive ample feedback both from specialists in their own field and from other disciplines.

Although our conferences are organized in the Nordic countries, they are open to all interested, and we are very glad that researchers and doctoral students from many different countries and continents are increasingly joining our network.

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