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Contemporary Japan (CJ) is an international peer-reviewed journal edited by the German Institute for Japanese Studies Tokyo (DIJ) and  published biannually by de Gruyter, Berlin and New York.

Contemporary Japan publishes original research from all disciplines as they relate to present-day Japan or its recent historical development. Manuscripts which cross disciplinary boundaries and raise larger issues of interest are also welcome. All submissions are peer-reviewed in a double-blind process by established scholars in the field.

The following points set CJ apart from other peer-reviewed journals on Japan:

  1. CJ is open to all kinds of scientific methods in all academic disciplines, including both qualitative and quantitative research.
  2. CJ promotes the publication of recent empirical findings and fresh theoretical perspectives into Japan-related topics. Therefore, CJ also welcomes preliminary empirical results as well as innovative theoretical approaches, given that their contribution to the field of research and their place in the relevant literature is thoroughly presented.
  3. CJ maintains a professional but fast review process that guarantees a timely publication after acceptance.
  4. Papers can also be submitted in Japanese or German and will be reviewed purely for content. Accepted articles will be translated into English free of charge, given that (a) the material is original research which has not been published in either language yet, and (b) the author demonstrates a familiarity with the international literature in the field.
  5. All issues of CJ are available in open access, meaning that, apart from the hardcopy version, articles can be read and downloaded free of charge online.