JAD – Japonya Araştırmaları Derneği


The Japanese Studies Association (JAD) is a non-profit, non-governmental organization established mainly by academics in 1993. JAD is a think-tank for intellectual exchange with Japan and for the generation of scholarly opinion and information about Japan for the Turkish public. JAD promotes interdisciplinary, comparative research via its regular activities like academic meetings, workshops, seminars, and conferences.



Japanese Studies Association is a think-tank for intellectual exchange with Japan and for the generation of scholarly opinion and information about Japan for the Turkish public. JAD promotes interdisciplinary, comparative research via its regular activities like academic meetings, workshops, seminars, and conferences.



Japanese Studies Association, in the long-run aims:

  • to increase the quantity and quality of high level academic research on the field of Japanese studies in Turkey,
  • to evolve into a research center which brings together academics who have studied in Japan, have command in the Japanese language and who can take leadership at an international level in their respective fields,
  • to have necessary facilities for information sharing and coordination; contributes to wide distribution of generated knowledge via publications and academic meetings,
  • to become one of the main foci of Japanese Studies in the world.


President: Professor Dr. Selçuk Esenbel (Japanese/Asian History)

Vice President: Associate Professor Dr. Oğuz Baykara

Professor Dr. K. Ali Akkemik

Associate Professor Dr. Ahmet Öncü

Dr. Altay Atlı



The Japanese Studies Association is a non-profit, non-governmental organization of mainly the scholars who work on various fields of Japanese studies. It is a society that organizes a regular programme of meetings, workshops, seminars, conferences. It promotes and encourages study and research in the field of Japanese Studies and encourages interdisciplinary, comparative approaches.

JAD is open to prospective members who have a professional interest in Japan and to students who wish to continue their study in fields related to Japan.

Members of the Association are invited and entitled to attend all lectures and other meetings organized by the Association and to introduce guests.



The Japanese Studies Association of Istanbul was founded in 1993 in Istanbul, Turkey and has 90 members with a wide-range of Japan-interested individuals primarily from the Istanbul areas which is the most international city in Turkey from a wide range of fields such as the academy, business, government service, artists, doctors, and scientists. The Japanese Studies Association is active as a think-tank for intellectual exchange with Japan and for the generation of scholarly opinion and information about Japan for the Turkish public. The association aims to fill an important gap of lack of intellectual and high caliber dialog between Japan and Turkey whose relations remain to be exercised only at the level of public relations of cultural activities. While recently established, the Japanese Studies Association has already embarked upon a number of significant activities that further its think-tank objective. In each case, the Japanese Studies Association has the explicit objective to contact the relevant association and group audience in Turkey who will directly benefit from this Japan related intellectual activity.

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  • Symposium on Science, Art, and Technology in Contemporary Japan, held in 1997, November, Istanbul Stock Exchange Building, audience 300 people, led to development of publication in Turkish for the first time on Japan by Turkish scholars in the country.
  • Art exhibition ”Reflections” by Artists trained in Japan, part of Symposium, November 1997.
  • Publication by Board Members of Japanese Studies Association in Turkish, first Turkish language study on Contemporary Japan, titled ”Perspectives from Turkey on Modern Japan,” Simurg Press, 1999.
  • Conference by Professor Fujiwara Mariko, on ”The Present day Status of Japanese Women,” co-sponsored by the Consulate General of Japan in Istanbul, Hyatt Regency Hotel, 2002, March, audience 300 people, including Turkish Women Parliamentary Rights Association (Ka-Der), Hakuhodo Institute.
  • Conference by Professor Aoki Tamotsu on ”New Era for Turkish-Japanese Relations and Globalization,” 2002, October, Boğaziçi University Rector’s Conference Hall, audience 200 people, co-sponsored by the Consulate General of Japan.
  • Panel on“Turkey, Japan and Central Asia: Present and Future” in the Meeting of the Turkish-Japanese Business Council, Oda Tower, 2000, April, audience 50 people. 
  • Workshop on Kaizen Management expert Nakamura Takeshi, JMAC Consultant, June 2004, Boğaziçi Alumni Association Building, business and firm representatives, Istanbul Trade Chamber, 100 people.
  • Film Showing, On the occasion of the memorial for the tragic death of Director Hata Shojun, film on Central Asia and the Silk Road edited by his team in NHK, 
  • “The Fault Line of Civilizations” (Yuurajia: Bunmei no Katsudanso), 2003, December, Mithat Alam Film Center, audience students, faculty, Turkish documentary film directors and association representatives.
  • Film Gala Opening, “Sun, Moon, and the Star” by Director Şehbal Şenyurt, Documentary on the History of Japanese-Turkish Relations, co-sponsored by Consulate General of Japan in Istanbul, September 2004, 250 people audience. 
  • Briefing on Japanese Economy and Business for the Turkish Japanese Business Council Administrative Council, TJBC Office, Levent, October 2004.
  • Sponsored talk by Professor Jun Oba on the Restructuring of Japanese Higher Education, attended by 200 members and top administrators of universities in Istanbul, Boğaziçi University, February 2005.
  • Organized the conference of the Japanese Middle East Mission members together with the Japanese Consulate in Istanbul, September 17, 2005, Marmara Hotel. 
  • Middle East Cultural Exchange and Dialog Mission Conference on Development and Culture, Speakers: Professor Yamauchi Masayuki, University of Tokyo, Mr. Tanami Koji, JBIC Acting President, Professor Yamashita Yasuhiro, Tokai University,, Professor Nakanishi Hiroshi, Kyoto University, Mr. Imai Yoshinori, NHK News Commentator and Anchorman.
  • October 27, 2005, at Boğaziçi University Rectorate Conference Hall, Conference on Turkey’s Entry into the European Union, the Japanese and German Perspectives with Professor Tanaka Toshiro, Keio University, Jean Monnet Professor of European Studies in the Department of Political Science, Faculty of Law, as keynote speaker.
  • Professor Matsumoto Kenichi’s conference on Mishima Yukio and Problems of Modern Civilization: Karappo no Nihon For Whom the Bell Tolls? Tarık Zafer Tunaya Kültür Merkezi 2 May, 2006. Support by Sasakawa Peace Foundation and the Japanese Consulate in Istanbul. 
  • Workshop on Japan and Pan-Asianism: Past, Present, Future, in collaboration with Boğaziçi University Department of History East Asian Studies, and Sasakawa Peace Foundation, May 17, 2007. Cultural Heritage Museum, Boğaziçi University. Discussion Papers by Participants: Prof. Matsumoto Kenichi, Reitaku University, Prof. Takafumi Matsui, University of Tokyo, Dr. Akira Matsunaga, Sasakawa Peace Foundation, Prof. Brij Tankha, University of Delhi, Prof. Selçuk Esenbel, Boğaziçi University, Prof. Inaba Chiharu, Meijo University, Assoc. Prof. İbrahim Öztürk, Marmara University, Assist. Prof. Cemil Aydın, University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Erdal Küçükyalçın, Secretary General, Japanese Studies Association, Dr. Merthan Dündar, Ankara University. 
  • Dünya Toplumunda Japonya ve Türkiye: Gelenek ve Reform, Japan and Turkey in the Global Community: Tradition and Reform. 4 Haziran, 2007 Ceylan Intercontinental Istanbul, Program: Prof. Masayuki Yamauchi, University of Tokyo, Japonya’nın Yeni Avrasya Stratejisi ve Ortadoğu Diplomasisi.
  • Atsuko Toyama, Yeni Ulusal Tiyatro Başkanı, Japonya Eğitim, Kültür, Spor, Bilim ve Teknoloji Bakanı. 2001-2003, Japonya’nın Türkiye Büyükelçisi 1996-2000, Japonya ve Türkiye Değişimin Geleneği ve Geleceği.Support by the Japanese Consulate in Istanbul, The Japan Center for International Exchange JCIE, Japan Foundation.
  • Shinichi Kitaoka, University of Tokyo, Birleşmiş Milletler Japonya Daimî Temsilci Vekili 2004-2006, Japonya ve Türkiye’nin Modernizasyon Düşüncesi.
  • Kohsaka Akira, February 2008, “Withering Japan: Japanese Economic Developments.” Boğaziçi University.
  • Professor Ohta Hiroshi, Waseda University, “Contradictions of Japanese Foreign Policy,” Boğaziçi University, March 2008.
  • İstanbul’daki Japonların Öyküsü ve İstanbul’daki Eski Japonya Başkonsolosluk Binası, The Story of the Japanese in Istanbul and the Former Japanese Consulate. Workshop/Çalıştay in collaboration with Ryukoku University, Boğaziçi University History Department East Asian Studies, Boğaziçi University Foundation, 27-28 March, 2008, Museum, Boğaziçi University.
  • Japanese Studies Association Members Network Meetingattended by 30 members from universities in Ankara, Istanbul, Erciyes and business community. Held in Boğaziçi University Alumni Association Club, Rumelihisarı, May 17, 2008. 
  • Turkish Japanese Relations Lecture Series. Sponsored and organized visit of Dr. Matsutani Hironao former Consul General of Japan in İstanbul. Series of conferences on The contribution and cooperation of Turkey and Japan in the 21st century for international peace and prosperity. Boğaziçi University, Yıldız Technical University, Marmara University. October 13-16, 2008. 50 each attendant. 
  • Japanese Porcelain Lecture Series. Sponsored and Organized Lecture of Mr. Suzuta Yukio, Head Specialist of Kyushu Porcelain Museum Kyushu Toji Bunkakan in Topkapi Palace Museum, 22 December 2008. Topic on Edo and Meiji period Japanese Porcelain and the Topkapı Japanese Porcelain Collection. Second talk in Antik Palace 24, December 2008. 
  • Mitsubishi Corporation Seminar Series I. 26-29 January 2009. Japanese Management Association Consultants Senior Consultant Mr. Nakamura Takeshi conferences on Mono-zukuri Japanese Style Production Techniques. İstanbul, Bursa, İzmir in cooperation with the Chambers of Commerce and Chambers of Industry, and DEIK (The Foreign Economic Relations Board). 200 each attendants. 
  • Mitsubishi Corporation Seminar Series II. 26-27 January 2010. In cooperation with the Chamber of Commerce in Kayseri, and Chamber of Commerce in Konya, and DEIK (Foreign Economic Relations of Turkey). Series of Seminar lectures by Professor Yasuhiro Monden on Targeting to be the World’s Best as a Manufacturer: Lean Manufacturing System.200 each attendants. 
  • The First Conference on Japanese Studies in Turkey. Sponsored by Japan Foundation, JAD, Consul General of Japan in İstanbul at Boğaziçi University, organized by Japanese Studies Association, Boğaziçi University, Ankara University, Boğaziçi University Foundation, June 4-6 June 2010. Art Exhibition of Aynur Küçükyalçın “Japanese Flowers in an Ottoman Garden” and Photos of Japan Exhibition by Turkish photographers in the Old Japanese Consulate Building. Cocktail by Mr. Hayashi Consul General of Japan in Istanbul. A 2010 Japan Year Event. 
  • The Crescent and the Sun: Three Japanese in Istanbul, Yamada Torajiro, Ito Chuta, Otani Kozui. Exhibition organized by JAD between October 15, 2010 – February 15, 2011, in the Istanbul Research Institute at Pera, Istanbul. Sponsored by Mitsubishi Corporation, Japan Foundation, Suna and İnan Kıraç Foundation. Publication of Catalogue. The Tea Ceremony Performance of Iemoto, Grand Master Yamada Sohen of the Sohen Tea Ceremony School of Kamakura. 2010 Year of Japan Event.
  • The preparation and the publication of the Catalog, Hilal ve Güneş: İstanbul’da Üç Japon/The Crescent and the Sun: Three Japanese in Istanbul Yamada Torajiro, Ito Chuta, Otani Kozui, (İstanbul: İstanbul Araştırmaları Enstitüsü, 2010) with Istanbul Research Institute, JAD, and the Boğaziçi University Research Project BAP 5121 (10B09P3) support. 
  • Friendship Tunes from the Bosphorus for Japan.22 April 2011. Nicolas Horvath piano, Telveten group Şirin Pancaroğlu, Yinon Musallem, Arslan Hazreti. Income of the concert was donated to the Red Cross Japan. In cooperation with the Harp Art Association, Boğaziçi University Alumni Association and Boğaziçi University. 
  • Publication of the Proceedings of the First Japanese Studies Conference in Turkey, a Japan Year in Turkey 2010 Event that was sponsored by Japan Foundation. The Proceedings Volume was published by Boğaziçi University Press with the support of the Boğaziçi University Research Project BAP 5121 (10B09P3) and the sponsorship of Anadolu Isuzu Inc. in 2012 with the kind help of Mr. Tuncay Özilhan.
  • Selçuk Esenbel, Erdal Küçükyalçın, Türkiye’de Japonya Çalışmaları Konferansı I, (İstanbul: Boğaziçi Üniversitesi Yayınevi, 2012). The Book represents the state of research on Japan by Japan specialists of Turkey in Turkish universities.
  • June 15-16, 2012, Japan on the Silk Road: Encounters and Perspective of Politics and Culture in Eurasia, organized with the Japan Foundation and the Japanese Studies Association sponsorship. Boğaziçi University Department of History, Asian Studies Center collaboration held in the Museum.
  • Participants from Japan, Britain, Turkey, Germany. The 15 papers will be published with the Silk Road Paper Series Brill Publication.
  • September 14-15, 2012, The International Symposium “European Discourses on Japan: Plants in Japanese Culture,” Boğaziçi University Albert Long Hall, Curiton Curi Room. Collaboration with the Momoya Okura Memorial Foundation in cooperation with the Japan Culture and Information Center.
  • November 7, 2012, Lecture by Professor Funabiki Takeo of Tokyo University at Boğaziçi University TB 490 with JAD members, Boğaziçi students and faculty, sponsored by the Japanese Consulate General in Istanbul. Title “Japanese public behavior in the face of the Great Eastern Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Disaster.” 
  • Türkiye’de Japonya Çalışmaları Konferansı I. Selçuk Esenbel ve Erdal Küçükyalçın editors, Boğaziçi University Press, 2012. 
  • “2ndConference on “Japanese Studies in Turkey.” June 14-16, 2013. In collaboration with the Asian Studies Center Boğaziçi University, sponsored by Japan Foundation and JAD. 
  • Asia’s Rise on the Global Landscape: Perspectives from Turkey, Japan, and Malaysia. International Symposium. Organized by JAD, Sasakawa Peace Foundation, Asian Studies Center Boğaziçi University, 24 October 2013, Çırağan Palace. Participants include Former Foreign Minister Yoriko Kawaguchi, Former Deputy Prime Minister Anwar İbrahim, academics Prof. Gün Kut, Prof. Ziya Öniş. 
  • Japanese High School Students Photography Exhibition: Life After Fukushima. May 8-10, 2014. Boğaziçi Çocuklarımız İçin: Bölgede Yaşayan Çocukların Çektiği Fotoğraflarla Fukushima Depremi Fotoğraf Sergisi. 
  • Hirano Keiko, Master of Katari, The Art of Narration, Japanese Culture and Art Ambassador, Ministry of Culture Japan, “The Voice of Japanese Literature.” Translator Assoc. Prof. Oğuz Baykara, Demir Demirgil Theater, Boğaziçi University, with the Asian Studies Center, Department of History, Department of Translation Studies, December 4, 2014.

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