pmjs is an interdisciplinary forum for more than 800 members worldwide who do research into earlier periods of Japanese art, culture, history, religion and literature. The mailing list was founded in 1999 by Michael Watson (Meiji Gakuin University). After eight years of operation, the system used to send out mail is no longer adequate for the purposes of a list of this size. The time spent in protecting the list against spammers or in editing digests and logs by hand could better be spent on more creative activities. With the generous help of Matthew Stavros (University of Sydney), the functions of the mailing list have been transferred to the Google Group "PMJS: Premodern Japanese Studies" ( 

Matthew has kindly offered to take over the job of administering the new list. I will stay on to help with the management. If you are a subscriber already, please bear with us during the transition period. All current subscribers are being contacted. Information about subscription is available on the new site, as is the new address for members to post to the list:

Google Groups
PMJS: Premodern Japanese Studies

Material on this site at Meiji Gakuin University includes a list of PMJS members who joined between 1999-2007 and academic resources for the study of premodern Japan, including several databases (translations of texts written in Japan before 1600, translations of noh plays). 

The member list will be updated to reflect the current membership and either moved to new site, or mirrored on both sites. The databases and other academic resources will remain for now at their current address, as will the password-protected "logs" to read past messages sent to the list. 

The index to the logs (1999-2007) requires no password, and gives a good idea of the range of our discussions over the first eight years. More than fifty "threads" (discussions) can be read in the public archive. From January 2008, new messages will appear automatically on the Google Groups site, and can be read by members and non-members alike. 

As we change to a new mailing list service, I would like to express my gratitude to the creator of the mailing list freeware Macjordomo, as well as to Apple, manufactors of my office G4 computer that can now take a well-deserved rest. Many thanks, finally, to Meiji Gakuin University and its Joho Center for allowing me to host the list.

Michael Watson (2008.02.15)

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editor / list owner

Michael Watson
Professor of Japanese Studies and Comparative Literature
Faculty of International Studies, Meiji Gakuin University
1518 Kamikurata-cho, Totsuka-ku, Yokohama 244-8539, Japan
Personal web page.

co-editor and translator of Japanese digests

Midorikawa Machiko 緑川真知子
Adjunct lecturer in Japanese literature (Genji monogatari)
Personal web page.

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