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Japanese Studies

Welcome to the UCLA Library Guide for Japanese Studies. This guide presents both introductory and in-depth information for Japan-related research.


The Terasaki Center for Japanese Studies supports Japanese studies in many areas. They developed the basis for Japanese studies at UCLA with the goal of promoting more national interests and visibility in Japanese scholarship. They provide graduate fellowships and grants, support existing faculty research, and also offer many other types of funding opportunities

The EAL enjoys continued and keen support from Terasaki. The center has aided with the collection and processing of Japanese materials in the EAL, and was instrumental in providing UCLA with a major collection of Japanese works donated by the wife of Marius Jansen of Princeton University (to learn more, see Gifted Collections). Most recently the Center collaborated with the UCLA Library to purchase The Gordon W. Prange Collection in microfilm. It has also supported staff development projects in the library.

Dr. Paul Ichiro Terasaki

Dr. Paul Ichiro Terasaki

Dr. Terasaki and his wife Hisako have donated millions towards supporting the Japanese American community in Los Angeles and beyond. After enduring 3 years in the Gila River internment camp during World War II, he went on to receive three degrees from UCLA, including a Ph.D. in Zoology. An expert in organ transplant surgery, he pioneered a tissue typing test that is still the international standard today.

Dr. Terasaki's support has funded the Terasaki Life Sciences building as well as established the Paul I. and Hisako Terasaki Center for Japanese Studies at the UCLA International Institute.

He has received the Order of the Sacred Treasure by the Emperor of Japan, for his philanthropic work to promote a greater understanding of U.S.-Japan relations. In 2012, Dr. Terasaki was awarded the UCLA Medal, the university’s highest honor.