August 25, 2021
JSTOR Is Continuing Its Expanded Access Program
Early in the COVID-19 pandemic, JSTOR announced a program allowing participating institutions—those licensing some, but not all, archive and primary source collections—to gain access to all collections at no additional cost. This program to support scholarship amid the challenges posed by the pandemic was due to expire on June 30, 2021, but has been extended for another year, through June 30, 2022. Details are available here:
August 23, 2021
MN Panel Participation at EAJS2021
The 16th International Conference of the European Association for Japanese Studies (EAJS2021; online, August 24–28, 2021) will include a panel titled "Publishing in Peer Reviewed Journals," where Monumenta Nipponica will be represented by Bettina Gramlich-Oka. Also represented will be (in alphabetical order) Contemporary Japan (by Isaac Gagné), Japan Forum (Hannah Osborne), Japan Review (John Breen, Ted Boyle), Journal of Japanese Studies (Janet Hunter, Morgan Pitelka), and Social Science Japan Journal (Meredith Shaw, Gabriele Vogt).

The panel is scheduled for Wednesday, August 25, 2021, 11:45 a.m.–12:45 p.m. in time zone UTC+2 (Central European Summer Time). This session, organized by the EAJS Council, should be of great interest to potential authors and especially PhD candidates and early career scholars, who will find here an opportunity to get acquainted with these journals, learn more about the peer review process and publishing process overall, and get their questions answered. Further details are available at the following links:
March 26, 2021
Professor Emerita Roselee Bundy (July 28, 1951–March 17, 2021)
We are deeply saddened by the news that Roselee Bundy, professor emerita of Japanese language and literature at Kalamazoo College, has passed away. Contributing numerous articles and book reviews to Monumenta Nipponica from 1990 until as recently as 2020, Rose also served on the MN advisory board beginning with volume 72 (2017).

The final article she authored for the journal came out only a few months ago—A Format of Their Own: The Hundred-Poem Sequences of Sone no Yoshitada, Minamoto no Shitagō, and the Priest Egyō (MN 75:1). The article can be accessed on Project MUSE at, or via the MN website’s search function, and is being made available for free download.

Gracing the journal’s annual nengajō greeting card in each of the past several years was a poem Rose had translated, including the following:
All of us at MN will miss her greatly.
April 08, 2020
Monumenta Nipponica Monographs
An expanded list of out-of-print titles in the Monumenta Nipponica Monographs series and other books available through MN is now available in e-book format through Sophia University’s Institutional Repository (Sophia-R) on the Sophia University website.
April 03, 2020
MN Book Publication
Monumenta Nipponica: Eighty Years and Counting, a monograph presenting the story of the journal from its inception into the present, has just been published. The PDF version is available in both high and low resolutions.
April 03, 2020
MN Content: Free Access during the COVID-19 Crisis
In support of online learning during the COVID-19 crisis, MN content has been made freely available on the Project MUSE platform; this status will remain in effect through June 30, 2020.
September 24, 2019
Call for Papers: ASCJ Conference at Sophia University
Sophia University will host next year’s ASCJ Conference, to be held July 4–5, 2020. ASCJ has announced its call for papers, with the submission period to end October 15, 2019; for details and online forms, see: MN extends its best wishes to Mark Caprio (Rikkyo University, Tokyo), the ASCJ’s outgoing president, and to his successor Christopher Bondy (International Christian University, Tokyo).
September 24, 2019
Upcoming at Sophia University: Historical Legacies of Christianity in East Asia
On October 2–5, 2019, our own Sophia University will host Historical Legacies of Christianity in East Asia, an international workshop and symposium program cosponsored by the Kirishitan Bunko (Sophia University) and the Ricci Institute for Chinese-Western Cultural History (University of San Francisco). This three-day program will include, on October 4, “How to Publish: Presentations and Discussion with Publishers from Brill (Leiden) & Monumenta Nipponica (Sophia University, Tokyo),” led by Bettina Gramlich-Oka and Albert Hoffstädt (senior acquisitions editor, Brill Academic Publishers). The event is made possible in part by a generous grant from the Henry Luce Foundation. For more information, see
September 24, 2019
Workshop on Digital Transformation by DIJ Tokyo
The German Institute for Japanese Studies (DIJ) in Tokyo will hold a workshop, the Digital Transformation: Implications for the Social Sciences and the Humanities, on September 24–25, 2019. Participating on the afternoon of the 24th will be Bettina Gramlich-Oka, who together with Ulrike Schaede (University of California, San Diego) and Hayashi Kazuhiro (National Institute of Science and Technology Policy) will present on the dissemination and evaluation of research outcomes; this session will be chaired by Susanne Brucksch (DIJ).
May 7, 2019
MN Panel Participation at AAS 2019
Bettina Gramlich-Oka had an exciting and eventful time at the annual conference of the Association for Asian Studies (AAS) held March 21-24 in Denver, Colorado. While there she participated in a panel discussion titled “Japanese Studies Journals: Present Situation and Future Prospects,” held Friday, March 22, 9:00 am-10:45 am. Also on the panel were Elizabeth Walker (Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group), Christopher Gerteis (Japan Forum), Janet Hunter (Journal of Japanese Studies), and Isaac Gagné (Contemporary Japan).
May 7, 2019
With Thanks to Our Friends at Project MUSE
Among the many friends and colleagues at AAS 2019 was Elizabeth Brown, public relations manager at Project MUSE. We thank Liz and the rest of the MUSE team for their warm support!
May 7, 2019
Looking Forward to the Upcoming AAS-in-Asia 2019 Annual Conference
We now look forward to the AAS-in-Asia Annual Conference, to be held July 1–4, 2019, in Bangkok. While there Bettina Gramlich-Oka will participate in the panel “Publishing Matters: Current Trends and Advice for Authors,” to be held Monday, July 1, 10:30 am–12:15 pm. For more information about the conference, see the AAS website at
December 27, 2018
Monumenta Nipponica 80th Anniversary Symposium
Videos from the symposium, held October 6, 2018, are now available. Please see below and also visit our YouTube channel.
December 27, 2018
MN Anniversary Exhibit
This first-ever MN exhibit was held in the Sophia University Library October 1-19, 2018.
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