About ICAS

The Institute for Contemporary Asian Studies (ICAS) operates under the auspices of Temple University, Japan Campus (TUJ). ICAS serves as a crossroads and forum for intellectual and cultural exchange by hosting an extensive calendar of programs that bring together individuals working in diverse areas of academia, business and government. ICAS hosts discussions, seminars, conferences, and film screenings as well as larger conference events throughout the year. ICAS is the successor to the Institute of Contemporary Japanese Studies (ICJS), reflecting TUJ’s continued commitment to Japanese studies as well as its commitment to broadening the scope of its regional coverage. All of our events and activities are always open to the public and are in English.


Participants include students, faculty, journalists, government officials, business executives, and anybody else with an interest in Japan and Asia. We invite experts from all over the world to lead discussion sessions or present avant-garde films. Regardless of the setting, our goal is to provide a forum for understanding Japan from a political, cultural, social or economic angle. In the years since its inception, ICAS has developed into an arena in which all of those who are knowledgeable about Japan can present their research to other experts as well as to anyone who would like to learn more about this country and Asia.

The events which ICAS hosts cater to a broad spectrum of audiences and topics. The Institute has held presentations on subjects as diverse as human trafficking, Asian finance and the dollar, and anime and video games. We run a program in cooperation with other institutions on health care issues. We have also screened numerous movies selected by leading film critics. Thanks to its activities, ICAS has established Temple University, Japan Campus as the center of English-language intellectual and cultural life in Tokyo.

Our events are interactive; presenters do not merely lecture, they provide audiences with a starting point for discussion and debate. As noted before, in some cases, the presentation is a film or a musical event. The variety of topics of concern in our sessions brings people together who would otherwise never have met; individuals from sundry backgrounds, careers, age groups, and countries gather at these events.