When people think of Japan, three local professors are hoping they will also think of the Triangle.
Professors from UNC, N.C. State University and Duke University received a grant from the Japan Foundation in Tokyo to establish a program that will be run jointly by the three universities.
The program — Triangle Center for Japanese Studies — will be funded by the $270,000 grant over three years.
The professors said they hope the new center will serve as an information hub for all Japan-related events in the Triangle — such as speakers, conferences and community events — and expand the Asian studies graduate programs at all three schools.
The center won’t have its own building, but will be spread across departments at the three universities, said Morgan Pitelka, associate professor of Asian studies at UNC and one of the center’s leaders.