The CEA has its antecedents in the Institute of Japanese Studies, set up in May of 1993 at the behest of Professor Dr. D. José María Ruiz Ruiz, a former professor at Sophia University in Tokyo, director of the department of English Philology at the University of Valladolid.
The current CEA begins its journey in 2000 but was formally constituted on 23 May 2001 when it was celebrated the first meeting of the Board of Trustees, maximum component of the Centre. On June 29, 2001 met the Council of CEA where were approved activities for the period 2001-2002 and produced the official appointment of the different positions. Public or private entities of Law, as well as university professors are part of the Board of Trustees. It will be chaired by the Rector of the University, or the person who the Rector delegates, this person will represent the Centre. The competencies of the Board of Trustees, CEA objectives… appear in the Regulation of CEA.