IJS People


Hajime Miyazaki serves as the Director of IJS. He received his PhD from the University of California, Berkeley, and was assistant professor at Stanford University from 1977-1984, before joining The Ohio State University as associate professor in 1984. He has been professor of economics since 1987 and director of graduate studies for the Department of Economics since 1998. His research and teaching interests include applied microeconomics of markets and internal organizations with emphasis on information, uncertainty and incentives from a comparative institutional perspective. His research has been published in major economics journals including The American Economic Review, The Journal of Political Economy, The Quarterly Journal of Economics and Review of Economic Studies.


IJS is home to Japan specialists from four colleges (Arts, Business, Humanities, Social and Behavioral Sciences) and from the Library. Together they offer a range of courses involving Japanese language and disciplinary and interdisciplinary courses on Japan. OSU faculty have recently completed, or are currently engaged in, wide-ranging collaborative research with colleagues in Japan.


Please contact the IJS office for more information about the following committees:

  • IJS Advisory Council
  • Events & Development Committee
  • Library Committee
  • Outreach Committee
  • Ohio-Saitama Selection Committee


Volunteers are utilized in many IJS programs. If you have lived in Japan and would like to help with programs in the schools or community, contact Janet Stucky Smith. Specific volunteer opportunities include helping with the "Passport to Japan" Program, though visits to schools in the region to present to students and lead various hands-on activities about Japanese life, culture and language. Office assistance is also welcome.