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EAJS President Prof. Andrej Bekeš received a Japan Foundation Award 2017

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EAJS now offers possibilty of membership fee payment via PayPal

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CfP: Dynamic Asia - Shaping the Future: University of Latvia April 2018

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CfN: Japanese Translation Award

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2018-19 Fellowships in Japanese Studies at Harvard University

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EAJS News

EAJS Members' General Meeting 2017

The EAJS General Meeting 2017 will take place on 2 September 2017, 16:00-18:00 at the Gulbenkian Foundation, Auditorium no. 2 in Lisbon, Portugal. All EAJS members are cordially invited to join the meeting. Individual invitations containing the meeting's agenda have separately been send by postal mail.

If you have any questions, please contact us at the office.

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Payment of Membership Fees with PayPal

It is our pleasure to announce that as of now, the EAJS also offers the possibility to pay membership fees by using the popular online payment service PayPal.

If you would like to pay membership fees by using PayPal when becoming a new member or extending your membership, please indicate so by cheking the respective box on our revised application/membership renewal form. You can find the form here.

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Raise of EAJS Membership Fees in 2017

Dear EAJS members,

I hope this note finds you well. Here at the EAJS Office, we are already very busy preparing for the coming EAJS International Conference in Lisbon which will be held from 30 August to 2 September, 2017 in Lisbon, Portugal. We are also getting ready to start application procedures for the 13th EAJS PhD Workshop, which will take place prior to the EAJS International Conference in Lisbon, as well as for the 2017 Toshiba International Fellowship Program. The number of applicants for both programs is steadily rising, and the EAJS Council is pleased to see that both have become highly successful and important instruments in the support for young scholars in Japanese Studies in Europe. As EAJS treasurer, I am delighted that the Toshiba International Foundation has decided to extend the status of non-grant program also to the EAJS PhD Workshops, giving us the opportunity and certainty to offer both the Toshiba International Fellowship program and the PhD Workshops on an annual basis.

Today, I am writing to inform you that the EAJS will raise membership fees effective January 1, 2017. From January 2017, the fee for a new or renewed regular three-year membership will be increased from 60 EUR to 90 EUR. The membership fee for students will rise from 30 EUR to 45 EUR for three years. (However, if you renew your membership by December 31, 2016, you will not be charged the new fee until your next renewal date.)

The decision to increase membership fees was certainly not easy and has been discussed thoroughly by the EAJS Council and in the EAJS General Meetings in 2011 and again in 2014. Both past and current members of the EAJS Council and the members present at the General Meetings 2011 and 2014 voted in favour of the proposed increase in membership fees.

Even though this step is undesirable, it has become unavoidable. Since taking over the position as EAJS treasurer, I have been cutting costs for the association where possible. We reduced our expenses for IT support quite considerably over the last five years thanks to cooperation with our host university, FU Berlin. The EAJS office assistant works only part time, and the team at the EAJS office includes several student assistants.

But even such cost cutting measures did not lead to a sustainable financial situation, as at the same time the external funding provided to the EAJS decreased. The Japan Foundation, the main provider of support for the EAJS office and EAJS activities, has undergone severe budget cuts over the last years; and fluctuations in currency exchange rates have led to a further reduction of the Euro amount granted to the EAJS. Please be assured that all reasonable options possible have been explored to ensure that the impact of an increase in membership fees will be as minimal as possible in these circumstances.

This is the first raise in membership fees in more than ten years. Moreover, compared to other scholarly associations in Europe and elsewhere, the new EAJS membership fees still remain very reasonable.

I hope for your understanding and your continuing support for the EAJS. Please help us ensure that our Association will continue to play an important role as a healthy and active association of scholars from Europe and elsewhere who strive to continuously promote research and knowledge about Japan.

I will be happy to respond to all queries, suggestions and concerns.

Yours sincerely,

Verena Blechinger-Talcott

EAJS Treasurer

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