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About the American Literature Society of Japan

The American Literature Society of Japan (ALSJ) is an academic association dedicated to the study of American literature for the purpose of promoting exchange with various academic organizations both at home and abroad through the publication of research findings.

The ALSJ consists of seven branches in Japan: Hokkaido, Tohoku, Tokyo, Chubu, Kansai, Chugoku-Shikoku, and Kyushu. The Executive Office organizes a national conference, and publishes the ALSJ bulletin and its directory. The ALSJ publishes annually two types of journals: Studies in American Literature consisting of papers in Japanese and The Journal of the American Literature Society of Japan, an English language periodical.

  1. National Conference (Annual General Meeting)
    (Click Here to see the schedule)
  2. Publication of The Journal of the American Literature Society of Japan
  3. Publication of the ALSJ bulletin and its directory.

President TATSUMI Takayuki, Keio University
Vice President MIZUNO Naoyuki, Kyoto University
Executive Secretaries

Executive Office

ISHIZUKA Noriko, Doshisha University

SHIRAKAWA Keiko, Doshisha University

FUJII Hikaru, Doshisha University

NABAE Hitomi, Kobe University of Foreign Studies

SAKAMOTO Kishio, Kyoto University of Foreign Studies (HP)

Editorial Office@

OHWADA Toshiyuki, Keio University

TSUNEYAMA Nahoko, Keio University

ISHIHARA GO, Waseda University



MORI Arinori, Chukyo University

Council Members

HONJO Seiji, Hokkai Gakuen University

KAMADA Sachiko, Health Sciences University of Hokkaido 

MURAKAMI Akira, Akita University

DATE Masahiko, Shobi University

Ochi Hieomi, Hitotsubashi University

GOTO Kazuhiko, Tokyo University

SUWABE Koichi, Tokyo University

ZETTSU Tomoyuki, Rikkyo University

TATSUMI Takayuki, Keio University

NANBA Masaki, Jissen Womenfs University

UDONO Erika, Aichi Prefectural University

NAGAHATA Akitoshi, Nagoya University

MIZUNO Naoyuki, Kyoto University

WATANABE Katsuaki, Osaka University

NISHITANI Takuya, Kobe University

SATOUCHI Katsumi, Osaka University

MAEDA Kazuhira, Naruto University of Education

YAMAGUCHI Yoshinari,  University of Kochi

HAYASE Hironori, Saga University

SUZUKI Shigeru, Saga University

2015 Conference Committee

MOTOMURA Koji, Komazawa University

YAMADA Megumi, Sendai Shirayuri Women's College

SAIKI Ikuno, Tokyo Gakugei University

HATOOKA Keita, Meiji University

HONGO Akira, Tokyo Women's University

MORI Arinori, Chukyo University

FURUKI Keiko, Kyoto Gakuen University

FUJIE Keiko,Ehime University

MITSUTOMI Shogo, Fukuoka University

TAKEUCHI Katsunori, Kagoshima University










NAKAMURA Eizo, Meijo University

TSUBAKI Kiyofumi, Tsuda College

Editorial Board

MATSUI Miho, Sapporo City University

WATANABE Mayumi, Yonezawa Women's Junior  College

OOGUSHI Hisayo, Keio University

NAGASAWA Tadashi, Sugiyama Jogakuen University

KANAZAWA Satoshi, Kyoto Women's University

TSUTSUMI Chikako, Tokyo University of Science, Yamaguchi

WATANABE Mariko,Nishi-Kyushu University

ABE Masahiko, Tokyo University

IINO Tomoyuki, Jochi University

TONOOKA Naomi, Aoyama Gakuin University

KISHI Masayuki, Osaka University

GOTO Kazuhiko, Rikkyo University

TAKEUCHI Katsunori, Kagoshima University

NISHIYAMA Keiko, Kwansei Gakuin University

UNITTA Keiko, Rikkyo University

OCHI Hiromi, Hitotsubashi University

UDONO Erika, Aichi Prefectural University

Knighton, Mary A., Aoyama University

SAK Taras A., HIroshima Shudo University


GOTO Kazuhiko

Managing Editors


OHWADA Toshiyuki




The American Literature Society of Japan

c/o Department of English, Faculty of Letters@

Doshisha University

Karasuma Higashi-iru, Imadegawa-‚cori

Kyoto, 602-8580, Japan

Email F alsjhonbu@gmail.com


448 Raiousha, Hiyoshi Campus
Keio University Hiyoshi Campus

4-1-1 Hiyoshi, Minato-kitaku

Yokohama, Kanagawa 223-8521, Japan

Email F alsjhenshu@gmail.com


c/o Mori Kenkyu-shitu

Kokusai-Eigo Gakubu

Chuko University

101-2 Yagoto-Honmachi

Showa-ku, Nagoya, 466-8666, Japan

Email Fmoria@lets.chukyo-u.ac.jp

History of The American Literature Society of Japan

The movement to establish The American Literature Society of Japan began in Tokyo in 1946, the year after the end of World War II when the nation was still under U.S. occupation.The Society was soon followed by another in the Kansai area. Soon after, the Association for American Studies, predecessor of the Japanese Association for American Studies, was founded in 1947. Meanwhile, Professors Kichinosuke Ohashi and Kenzaburo Ohashi had initiated a society to study American literature, which eventually developed into gThe Literature Section of The Association for American Studiesh in May of 1953. In March 1956 the Literature Section became independent of The Association and was renamed the American Literature Society of Japan.

This Society was a loosely incorporated, nationwide organization with the Tokyo branch as its center. Meanwhile, smaller organizations equivalent to todayfs branches were gradually formed in other parts of Japan. Thus, the time was ripe for a more solid, nationwide society integrating these regional organizations.

On October 26, 1962, at the Kyoto Hotel, a national council meeting was held, where the outline of the regulations of the ALSJ was laid down. Thus, the ALSJ officially came into being with the first national conference on October 27 at Doshisha University. It was decided at the conference that the organization would take a form of federation similar to that of the United States government. This founding spirit of the ALSJ was announced and explained in the August 1963 issue of Eigo Seinen.

The framework of the present organization consisting of seven branches was established at the national council on May 26, 1963. Later in 1976, with the decision to place the executive office in the Kansai area, the editorial office in Tokyo, and the archives in the Nagoya area, the Society came to have almost the same setup as the present system. These three main offices assume the actual management of the ALSJ, and promote the Societyfs activities, including global exchanges of research and education.