Harvard Undergraduate Japan Policy Network

We're a Group of Students from Harvard and Other Schools in the U.S. Who Are Interested in Learning About Japan's Policy Issues and in Promoting An Accurate Picture of Japan through Multilateral Dialogues

※ Recognized Student Organization of Harvard College.

Mission of The Project

Harvard Undergraduate Japan Policy Network (HUJPN) is a recognized student organization of Harvard College. Japan has long been a leading nation in terms of economic growth, international security, technology, and many other fields. However, Japan is perceived to have stagnated or declined in the last three decades as other countries, such as China, emerged as new powers in international affairs. With a variety of pressing issues and threats, including missile launches by North Korea and an aging population, Japan is at a significant turning point for both itself and the world. In thinking about where the world goes, Japan's policy issues should receive more careful and sustained attention, particularly from those abroad in the United States.

Through a series of speaker forums with professors and prominent figures in their respective fields, along with student publications, we hope to generate more interest in Japan that dives deeper into Japan's politics, policy, economy, and society than other culture-based clubs that exist today. We are also interested in making a real-world impact on discussions of politics related to Japan through consultations with local governments and high-level collaborations with institutions both in Japan and the U.S.. As the name suggests, we will network students and scholars in the U.S. with people in Japan and resources for active engagement and collaborations.

※ We acknowledge the support and advice we have received from the Program on US-Japan Relations at the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, Harvard University (https://programs.wcfia.harvard.edu/us-japan).

Below are four main activities we currently plan.

Forum & Discussion

We will invite scholars, political organizations, NPOs and other entities to promote a comprehensive understanding of important policy issues.


We will publish articles and op-eds to share members' unique perspectives on Japanese & East Asian policy topics and engage more attention with them.

Think Tank

We will collaborate with local governments and companies to provide a big picture of where Japan stands and analysis on emerging affairs.

Internship & Travel Opportunities

TBD - Consulting with relevant centers, including the Reischauer Institute of Japanese Studies


As we begin the process of engaging more students and organizations with our efforts, we would like to present articles about a variety of Japan's policy issues over the summer. More articles are coming soon.

Op-Ed: The Shifting Image of Japan In International Eyes

Op-Ed: Japan’s $50B Bet on High-Speed Rail

Op-Ed: Abe’s Lasting Legacies – Contrast in People’s Reactions to his Death

Interested in Writing An Article?