In October 2012, Japan Study hosted its 50th Anniversary Conference titled, "The Future of East Asian Studies at Liberal Arts Colleges." Over 75 GLCA/ACM faculty members attended. Participants joined panels describing programs and activities on their home campuses, listened to keynote addresses by Former Earlham Presidents Landrum Bolling and Richard Wood, and enjoyed a koto concert by New York-based performing artist Yumi Kurosawa.
In October 2013, Japan Study and Waseda University celebrated their 50th anniversary with a series of events in Tokyo. On October 25, Waseda hosted an anniversary celebration and signing ceremony for the new double-degree program. Among the over 100 people in attendance were Earlham and Waseda presidents, vice-presidents, faculty, alumni, and administrators. On October 26, Japan Study hosted an event for 190 alumni, including former Waseda and GLCA/ACM students. On October 27, Japan Study hosted an event for over 150 host families and cultural practicum partners, including representatives from Shimane, Mashiko, and Murakami.
This five-year (10 semester) program, which will be officially announced during 2014, will allow Japan Study students to earn an undergraduate degree from their home college and Waseda University. Participating Waseda students will be able to earn degrees from Waseda and Earlham College. Japan Study operates the only American undergraduate double-degree program with Waseda University.
50th Commemorative Book
Many Japan Study faculty and student participants contributed to a commemorative publication produced by Japan Study, titled “Japan Study and Waseda University: 50 Years of International Exchange.” It will be available for purchase in early 2014 for a modest postage/handling fee. Reserve your book by writing firstname.lastname@example.org.