The Japanese Studies Association in Southeast Asia (JSA-ASEAN) is a network among Japanese Studies specialists from Southeast Asia. It was set up in 2005 to serve as a catalyst in promoting Japanese studies in this region. It is the only organization with the aim of bringing together major Japanese studies specialists from various Southeast Asian countries with their counterparts from Japan and other countries. It is hoped that with the combined resources of Japanese Studies specialists in Southeast Asia, JSA-ASEAN will grow to become an important platform for the promotion of region-wide Japanese studies.

In order to stimulate interest in and encourage research, teaching, and scholarly networking in Japanese Studies both among Southeast Asian countries as well as globally, JSA-ASEAN organizes a biennial conference as the major platform for trans-disciplinary international exchange. The inaugural conference was hosted by Department of Japanese Studies, National University of Singapore in October 2006, in conjunction with the 25th anniversary celebration of the Department of Japanese Studies and to mark the 40th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Japan and Singapore. In October 2009, the second JSA-ASEAN conference was organized in Hanoi, Vietnam with funding from Japan Foundation and the Mitsui-NUS Endowment Fund to promote Japanese Studies in Southeast Asia. This was followed by conferences in Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia) in 2012, Bangkok (Thailand) in 2014 and Cebu (Philippines in 2016).

JSA-ASEAN also supports the organization of national Japanese studies association among Southeast Asian countries, and works towards close collaboration with other international associations of Japanese Studies.

The 6th JSA-ASEAN International Conference 2018 will be organized by The Indonesian Association for Japanese Studies (ASJI), Universitas Indonesia, Indonesia Japan Friendship Association (PPIJ), and Japan Graduate’s Association of Indonesia (PERSADA) under the plenary theme Global Dynamics Impacts to JAPAN-ASEAN Relations”.


Our objectives:

  1. To provide a platform for discussions on Japanese Studies, particularly on topics pertaining to Japan-ASEAN relations from a Southeast Asian and other perspective.
  2. To promote networking among scholars working on Japanese Studies in Southeast Asia.
  3. To strengthen collaboration among the Japanese Studies associations in ASEAN and beyond.


Steering Committee:

Prof. Julian Aldrin Pasha

Universitas Indonesia

Prof. Phan Hai Linh

University of Social Sciences and Humanities, Vietnam National University Hanoi

Prof. Hoang Minh Hang

Vietnamese Academy of Social Sciences

Prof. Ricardo Trota Jose

University of Philippines

Prof. Karl Ian Uy Cheng Chua

Ateneo de Manila University

Prof. Md. Nasrudin Md. Akhir

University of Malaya

Prof. Asmadi Hassan

University Of Malaya

Prof. Kitti Prasirtsuk

Thammasat University

Prof. I Ketut Surajaya

Universitas Indonesia

Prof. Sirimonporn Suriyawongpaisal

Chulalongkorn University

Prof. Takashi Terada

Doshisha University

Prof. Thang Leng Leng

National University of Singapore

Prof. Hendrik Meyer – Ohle

National University of Singapore