|About the Center|
Statement of Purpose
The Center for Pacific and American Studies (CPAS) was established in April, 2000, to promote the study of the Pacific region, particularly North America and Oceania. It is a part of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences of the University of Tokyo.
CPAS was originally established in 1967 as the Center for American Studies (CAS), an institution devoted to collecting primary and secondary sources on the politics, economics, and culture of the United States, as well as other materials pertaining to US-Japan relations. The Center library has always been open to the public and has consistently attracted scholars and other users from within and beyond Japan. CPAS will retain this library function and will continue to expand its resources, in particular by adding materials relating to Oceania and Canada.
CPAS is administered by a committee selected from the faculties of the graduate schools of Arts and Sciences, Law, Economics, Humanities, and Education as well as from the faculties of the Institute of Social Science and Institute of Socio-Information and Communication Studies. The faculty and staff of CPAS and members of the subcommittees, such as the Journal Committee and Library Committee, assume responsibility for the daily management of the Center on the basis of the decisions made by the administrative committee. The director of CPAS is selected from the faculty of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.
The primary activities of CPAS can be divided into two fields: research and information gathering. In the area of research, the Center promotes various research projects, holds seminars which include the participation of both domestic and international scholars, publishes journals, and organizes international conferences. The Center's information gathering activities focus on ordering books and journals, collecting relevant research materials, managing the library, and maintaining an electronic database of the center's resources (available at the center's webpage at http//www.cpas.c.u-tokyo.ac.jp/).