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Center for Transdisciplinary Innovation (CTI), Network-based projects "NIHU Area Studies Project for Northeast Asia"

NIHU Area Studies Project for Northeast Asia

The National Institute for the Humanities (NIHU) as an Inter-University Research Institute Corporation under the auspices of the Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology up till now has been an umbrella organization for six different institutions engaged in humanities research. On April 20, 2016, under the Third Medium-term Plan, NIHU established two new organizations: the Center for Information & Public Relations (CIP) and the Center for Transdisciplinary Innovation (CTI). CIP was set up for effective dissemination of research results and CTI was established to promote NIHU’s new transdisciplinary research projects. For the past 10 years, NIHU has been working on several area studies projects such as “Islamic Area Studies,” “Contemporary Chinese Area Studies,” and “Contemporary India Area Studies.” In the Third Medium-term Plan, these programs were reorganized into one big project for the promotion of area studies led by NIHU’s new organization for area studies promotion. The “Promotion Project for
Northeast Asian Area Studies” became a new part of this program along with the “Promotion Project for Contemporary Middle Eastern Area Studies,” “Promotion Project for South Asian Area Studies,” and “Promotion Project for Contemporary Chinese Area Studies.” This big project is positioned as a network-type program.

Six research institutes joined the “NIHU Area Studies Project for Northeast Asia” to conduct research related to Northeast Asia. This project involves the National Museum of Ethnology, Slavic-Eurasian Research Center (Hokkaido University), Center for Northeast Asian Studies (Tohoku University), Center for Far Eastern Studies (Toyama University), Northeast Asia Research Center (University of Shimane), and Waseda Institute of Contemporary Chinese Studies (Waseda University). The goal of this network-based program is to construct an effective collaborative research system by strengthening already-existing bonds between both domestic and international institutes and their members.

Hokkaido University: “Northeast Asia, Slavic-Eurasian Research Center (NoA-SRC)”  

The goal of “NoA-SRC” is to examine new possibilities of regional system construction as well as to discuss the reasons behind the numerous failures of mutual dialogue since the 1980s, looking at the past and the present from the perspectives of international relations theory and history of international relations.

Members

Position

Name

Affiliation

Unit representative

Akihiro Iwashita

Slavic-Eurasian Research Center, Hokkaido University (Professor)

Unit member

 

Shinichiro Tabata

Slavic-Eurasian Research Center, Hokkaido University (Professor)

David Wolff

Slavic-Eurasian Research Center, Hokkaido University (Professor)

Yasuhiro Izumikawa

Faculty of Policy Studies, Chuo University (Professor)

Horie Norio

Center for Far Eastern Studies, Toyama University (Professor) / Slavic-Eurasian Research Center, Hokkaido University (Senior Researcher)

Mitsuhiro Mimura

Economic Research Institute for Northeast Asia (ERINA) (Senior Researcher) / Slavic-Eurasian Research Center, Hokkaido University (Border research / Senior Researcher)

Yuji Fukuhara

Faculty of Policy Studies, Graduate School of Northeast Asia & Development Studies, University of Shimane (Professor) / Slavic-Eurasian Research Center, Hokkaido University (Border research / Senior Researcher)

Yoshihiro Masuda

Nippon Bunri University (Associate Professor) / Slavic-Eurasian Research Center, Hokkaido University (Border research / Senior Researcher)

Hyunjoo Naomi Chi

Collaborative Research Division, Graduate School of Public Policy, Hokkaido University (Assistant Professor / Full-time Lecturer)

Naoki Amano

Department of Human Sciences, Faculty of Literature and Social Sciences, Yamagata University / (Associate Professor) / Slavic-Eurasian Research Center, Hokkaido University (Senior Researcher)

Hiroshi Itani

Slavic-Eurasian Research Center, Hokkaido University (Border research / Senior Researcher)

Mihoko Kato

NIHU (Area Studies Project for Northeast Asia) / Slavic-Eurasian Research Center, Hokkaido University (Specially Appointed Assistant Professor)

Consultant

Perry Y. Chen

Council on Foreign Relations, US Department of State (Japan Fellow)