Being a German research institute located in Japan the DIJ sees it as an important part of CJ's role to introduce high quality research in Japanese studies to an English-reading audience. The editors and the editorial board of Contemporary Japan are aware of the extra efforts it takes non-native English speakers to publish their research in international academic journals. Therefore, manuscripts in German and Japanese are also accepted. Submissions are judged purely for content.
CJ offers extensive language support for accepted articles, which may be translated into English free of charge, given that (a) the material is original research which has not been published in either language and that (b) the material demonstrates a familiarity with the international literature in the field.