The Japan Consortium for Area Studies (JCAS) is a new form of organizational collaboration, consisting of research and educational institutes and learned societies engaged in studies on various global regions, as well as private-sector organizations closely related to area studies. The consortium was founded in April 2004, integrating numerous organizations and groups of researchers dedicated to area studies independently operated within universities and research institutes. In line with the original purpose to promote information exchanges and joint research activities across organizational borders, it has continued its efforts and now developed into an academic community.
As of 2012, there are 94 member institutions including CSEAS, which was one of the founding members. JCAS continues to capitalize on the area studies network it has built up over the years and is actively fostering collaborative projects. The Center for Integrated Studies (CIAS) plays a pivotal role as the headquarters for the secretariat and promotes the following activities: creation of area studies networks; promotion of collaborative research, linkages with academic societies; sharing results with society; and promoting activities within Japan. CSEAS actively participates with member institutions to continually foster and develop JCAS.