Japanese Studies is the scholarly engagement with Japan from its historical beginnings through to the present day. Its basis is the analysis and methodologically reflective interpretation of original-language sources. Japanese Studies in Zurich has Chairs in both Japanese Philology and the Social Science of Japan. At the BA level, they provide a broad-ranging, basic training in the content, method and languages of the discipline. In the research-oriented degree programs at the MA and doctoral levels, knowledge and methodological tools relevant to the chosen specialization and the research interests of both professors are extended: on the one hand, topics of intellectual, literary and religious history are the focus; on the other, contemporary questions facing Japanese society, such as immigration or social inequality stand at the center.