The following article published by Levi McLaughlin, an assistant professor of Religion at Wofford College may be of interest to those who are planning to do research in Japan.
Article summary: "This is a short, pragmatic guide designed to assist researchers, particularly graduate students and other novice scholars, through initial stages of Japan-based study. All of the advice here is designed to help researchers address what they should do, how they should do it, and the long-term dividends they can enjoy through careful conduct in the field."
Mclaughlin, Levi. "All Research is Fieldwork: A Practical Introduction to Studying in Japan as a Foreign Researcher." The Asia Pacific-Journal: Japan Focus.
Available online: http://japanfocus.org/-Levi-McLaughlin/3388 (Accessed on July 26, 2010)