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Political Science and Munk School collaborate on new Japan Studies Initiative

March 30, 2017

The Government of Japan is conferring US$5 million on the University of Toronto to establish an endowed chair in Japanese politics and global affairs, and to launch a Centre for the Study of Global Japan, making it the first Canadian university to receive such support from the Government of Japan. This move is based on a statement made by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at the 2016 Japan-Canada Summit Meeting when he said that Japan wished to support Japanese studies at Canadian universities in order to promote mutual understanding between the two countries. Professor Louis Pauly, Chair of the Department of Political Science, who will help lead the initiative says, “The endowed chair and Centre will secure the permanent presence here of a scholar who studies the political dimensions of Japan’s vital contributions to regional and global order.” The full article is available on the U of T Faculty of Arts & Science website.