The director of the Program is Susan J. Pharr, Edwin O. Reischauer Professor of Japanese Politics, Department of Government. She has been a member of the Harvard faculty since 1987. Ezra F. Vogel, Henry Ford II Research Professor of the Social Sciences serves as Honorary Director. Shinju Fujihira serves as Associate Director of the Program.
A Faculty Advisory Committee guides the Program, which is co-sponsored by the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs (WCFIA) and the Edwin O. Reischauer Institute of Japanese Studies. Administratively, it is part of WCFIA, whose director is Beth Simmons.
Each year, the Program accepts applications from a distinguished group of individuals to undertake research on topics relating to its intellectual mandate. The Associates and Postdoctoral Fellows, who have the status of university officers while at Harvard, take part in the seminars, colloquia, and other activities of the Program and of other units around the University; may audit courses at Harvard and MIT; prepare a major research paper; present the results of their research in an end-of-the-year panel presentation; and work with Harvard graduate students in gresearch pairs.h Associates and Fellows are normally in residence for one academic year, from September until May.
- Current Research Associates
- Current Postdoctoral Fellows
- Program Staff
- Faculty Advisory Committee
- Faculty Affiliates
- Policy Advisory Committee
Many former Associates and Fellows have gone on to assume leading positions in their fields. The Executive Committee of the Tokyo Alumni Association is led by its chair, Ambassador Hisashi Owada, Judge of the International Court of Justice, and its president, Yonosuke Nagai, Professor Emeritus at the School of International Politics, Economics, and Business at Aoyama Gakuin University. Former Associates meets in Tokyo on a regular basis.