JAAS aims to promote American studies in Japan through publication and activities facilitating communication and cooperation among specialists on America. An individual or an institution with an interest in American studies, sympathetic to the aim of the Association and willing to cooperate in its activities can apply for membership. An individual member is required to have an M.A. or Ph.D., or to have scholarly publications and/or be engaged in professional activities equivalent to having an M.A. degree. The disciplines and interests of members include history, literature, political science, economics, international relations, Japan-U.S. relations, law, religion, education, sociology, philosophy, women's studies, mass culture, ethnic studies, and others. This variety in disciplines and interests is a great asset for cultivating a dynamic, multifaceted understanding of the United States.