The Japanese Association for American Studies is the largest academic association for Americanists in Japan and aims to promote American studies in Japan through publication and activities facilitating communication and cooperation among specialists on the Americas. The origin of the Association can be traced back to September 27, 1947. The number of original members was about 200. As it has enjoyed a steadily growing popularity, the Association boasts 1,146 members as of April 2000. 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, ethnic studies, art history, cultural studies, and others. This variety in disciplines and interests is a great asset for cultivating a dynamic, multifaceted understanding of American cultures and societies.