Research Activitie

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Team Research
Research activity to which Nichibunken attaches special importance

At Nichibunken, researchers from different countries and regions as well as in various disciplines team up for interdisciplinary, international, and comprehensive research on Japanese society and culture. Their work, while grounded in the basic scholarship of each discipline, pursues topics that tended to be marginalized previously and explores relationships and mutual influences between Japan and other areas from global perspectives, thereby aiming to open up the frontiers of solid yet innovative research in the humanities.

Team Research

Three Categories of
Nichibunken Team Research

  • Priority
    Major institutional projects for the duration of the Mid-Term Plan
  • International
    Team research aimed at embodying Japanese studies for the global age
  • Foundational
    Team research that opens up new interdisciplinary frontiers in the humanities

FY Team Research

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Nichibunken’s NIHU Transdisciplinary Projects
National Institutes for the Humanities (NIHU) Projects under the Third Mid-Term Plan (FY2016–2021)

Projects are classified as: (I) Institute-based projects, (II) Multidisciplinary collaborative projects, and (III) Network-based projects (NIHU Area Studies, Japan-related Documents and Artifacts Held Overseas). Research results are made widely available to the academic community and the public at large through publications, databases, films, exhibitions, and the like. They are planned in such a way as to make them useful for new university-level educational programs.

NIHU Transdisciplinary Projects

Nichibunken Research Projects
Research projects led by tenured Nichibunken faculty members.

International Research Center for Japanese Studies Research Projects (Nichibunken Projects) fall into three categories: (1) projects conducted in accordance with Nichibunken’s founding purposes or its mid-term objectives and plans; (2) projects conducted either as part of NIHU inter-institutional research projects or as projects related mainly to international collaborative research on Japan-related documents and artifacts overseas; and (3) projects carried out with funds from outside sources (Grants-in-Aid for Scientific Research, revenue for commissioned activities, and donations).

FY Nichibunken Research Projects

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Theory and Methodology Seminars
Seminars aimed at improving a variety of abilities required for studying Japanese culture

The purpose of these seminars is to share various skills necessary for researchers engaged in the study of Japanese culture. Examples of such skills are reading and deciphering historical manuscripts, proficiency in other languages, analysis of visual materials, familiarity with cultural theory, and so on.

FY Theory and Methodology Seminars

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