British Association for Japanese Studies Archive

Scope and Content

Papers relating to the British Association for Japanese Studies [BAJS]:

File 1: 'BAJS - Current Correspondence (From Jan 1978)' [includes copies of minutes]

File 2: BAJS Conference, Durham, 9-11 April 1976

File 3: 'P Lowe; BAJS Secretary (From April 1977); 1978 Conference'

File 4: 'BAJS Documents', includes minutes, correspondence and BAJS report 'Japanese Studies in the United Kingdom: Their Development and Future', 1981.

File 5: [1 bound volume] Inaugural minutes of the British Association for Japanese Studies, from the date of the first meeting 3 May 1974, through to minutes dated 14 November 1980. There are some loose inserts and related papers post-dating 1980. The minutes document the evolution of the organisation since its establishment.

Administrative / Biographical History

"The British Association for Japanese Studies is a UK-based association of scholars and researchers dedicated to the development of Japanese Studies. Our aim is to promote teaching and research on Japan by coordinating events such as academic conferences and circulating information about the field.

The Association was formed in 1974, with the 'aim to encourage Japanese studies in the UK, in particular by stimulating teaching and research'. With this in mind, the Association's first Conference was convened in Cambridge at Easter 1975, and since then the BAJS Conference has been an annual event." [Source: Website of The British Association for Japanese Studies, 'About' page, 8/11/2013,]

Note that the formation of The Japan Foundation in 1972 was perceived as a catalyst for the founding of the BAJS.


File 5 does not comprise a complete run of minutes and minutes are not always in chronological date order. Some estray minutes may also be found amongst other files in this collection.

Conditions Governing Access


Acquisition Information

Donated by Dr Gordon Daniels to SOAS, on January 2013 (2013/005) and 8 November 2013 (Acc 2013/097), on behalf of the British Association for Japanese Studies.

Conditions Governing Use

For permission to publish, please contact Archives & Special Collections, SOAS Library in the first instance

Copyright held by SOAS, University of London

Custodial History

Up until donation, records were in the custody of Dr Gordon Daniels, as former Secretary (1982/1983) and former President (1985-1986) of the British Association for Japanese Studies.


Further accruals expected.

Related Material

SOAS Library: Per 25L /367356: Proceedings of the British Association for Japanese Studies (1976 - 1985) Offsite Order - See SOAS Library catalogue for further details.