F.A.Q.


The following is a list of questions that are frequently asked by our members. Before inquiring with the Association’s secretariat, check the list for similar questions.



Membership qualification and procedures for admission

Q1. What do I have to do to become a member of the Association?

A1. See the page entitled Membership Application and Withdrawal Procedures from the top page of this website and follow the instructions in the Guide for Membership Application to the Japan Association of International Relations.

Q2. I’d like to join the Association, but can’t find any recommenders. Can I ask the Association’s secretariat to introduce me people who can be recommenders?

A2. The Association’s secretariat does not make such introductions for applicants. You will need to find your recommenders from among your acquaintances. Also, note that you can participate in the annual meetings if you pay a registration fee, even if you are not a member of the Association. If you can’t find recommenders, it may be a good idea to attend our annual meetings. You may be able to contact members who study similar study fields at Study Groups and Panels in the Annual Conventions.

Q3. Can I become a member of the Association even if I do not belong to an institution involved in research?

A3. Yes. In principle, you are eligible for admission to the Association if you are engaged in research or activities in a related academic field, such as international politics, history of international politics, theory of international relations, international economics and international law. See the page entitled Membership Application and Withdrawal Procedures from the top page of this website and follow the instructions in the Guide for Membership Application to the Japan Association of International Relations. The Board of Directors will decide on your admission after impartially examining items such as the contents of research and activities. Please remember that you can apply for admission but that admission itself depends on this examination at the Board of Directors.

Q4. Though the application form asks me to write my birth date, I’d rather refrain from doing so, as it is personal information.

A4. You do not have to write in your birth date, as it is personal information. However, you may not be able to exercise the following membership rights, which are based on age. Please consider this if you decide not to write your date of birth.
1. Voting rights and eligibility for election in the Advisors’ election.
2. Application for the senior membership system, etc.


As for the protection of personal information, we have pledged to further strengthen the management of members’ information stored in PCs used in the secretariat.

Withdrawal procedure

Q1. What procedure do I have to follow to withdraw from the Association?

A1. Under the Membership Rules of the Association, members wishing to withdraw from the Association are required to submit a withdrawal notice to the President. See the page entitled Membership Application and Withdrawal Procedures from the top page of this website and follow the Procedure for Withdrawal.

Obtaining back numbers of the journals

Q1. How can I buy back numbers of the Association’s English journal?

A1. You can purchase back numbers of International Relations of the Asia-Pacific, the English journal of the Association, on the IRAP website. Go to the IRAP website and follow the instructions there. You can also inquire with the customer service staff at OUP Japan by e-mail. If you prefer to receive a digital version to printed version, you can obtain digital versions of individual articles of the journal from the IRAP website.

Q2. How can I buy back numbers of the Association’s Japanese journal?

A2. You can find them at Gannando (bookstore). The address and phone number are:

Gannando
2-13-1 Kanda Jimbocho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 101-0051, Japan
Tel: +81 3 3262 7234

Q3. I am not a member but would like to subscribe to the Japanese journal. What do I need to do?

A3. You can subscribe to the Japanese journal from Yuhikaku. The address and phone number are:

Yuhikaku
2-17 Kanda Jimbocho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 101-0051, Japan
Tel: +81 3 3265 6811 (Sales Department)

Q4. Are there plans to digitize the journals and newsletter?

A4. IRAP is already partly digitized. Please check the IRAP website. We are also urgently looking at the possibility of digitizing the Japanese journal. For the newsletter, we are planning to make some trial delivery by e-mail after seeing how many of our members use e-mail.

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