Established in 1963, Japan Study is one of the oldest and most comprehensive programs in higher education exchange between the United States and Japan. Based at Earlham College, Japan Study links member colleges of the Great Lakes Colleges Associaion and the Associated Colleges of the Midwest with Waseda University in Tokyo.

Japan Study has made important contributions toward fostering international and intercultural understanding among a thousands of Japanese and American students and faculty members. Participants have gone on to distinguished careers in academics, industry, the arts, and governmental and non-governmental organizations. They play important roles in a wide range of settings linking Japan, the United States, and the rest of the world.