Nissan Institute of Japanese Studies

Dr. Ann Waswo

Dr. Ann Waswo
Emeritus Fellow

As often happened many decades ago in the USA, I drifted into Japanese Studies rather than pursuing a long-held curiosity about Japan or following a coherent, career-minded plan while at university. Had it not been for the Security Treaty demonstrations in Tokyo in 1960, which figured prominently in the American media, and a professor (Thomas C. Smith) running the required historiography seminar for Stanford history majors I attended in my third year, I might have ended up doing something completely different with my life.

Prof. Bjarke Frellesvig

Prof. Bjarke Frellesvig
Professor of Japanese Linguistics and a Fellow of Hertford College

I am based at the Oriental Institute in Pusey Lane.  I have been at Oxford since 2000 and from 2012-2015 I was Chair of the Faculty of Oriental Studies. My research interests include the history of the Japanese language and general historical linguistics.  He is the Director of the University’s Research Centre for Japanese Language and Linguistics and of the Oxford Corpus of Old Japanese.

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