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Innovative Research Unit of Japanese Studies

Kensuke Chikamoto
Associate Professor
Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

We construct the Unit in Task-Analytic Research on Japanese Studies. The Unit will advocate the creation of a new Research Area, focusing on the Cultural Exchange and the History of Religion(s) in East Asia, with a comparative perspective of premodern and postmodern periods.

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Research Unit for Qing History

Hiroshi Maruyama
Professor
Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

Considering that Qing Dynasty was not only the last Chinese Dynasty but also the Inner Asian Dynasty, we analyze multilingual historical archives, and investigate the entire structure of Qing Dynasty. And then we examine how Japanese scholars understood Qing Dynasty in Edo era.

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Research Unit for Globalization in Early Modern Japan

Kenji Namikawai
Professor
Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

We investigate the thoughts and the actions of the scholars, shogunate retainers, daimyos, feudal retainers on foreign risk around 1800. And then we examine the social changes at that time and their measures against these changes.

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History of Ancient Technology

Yutaka Miyake
Associate Professor
Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

To make the most of the archaeological materials stored in the laboratories of the department, the research group will improve the investigations on "the Ancient Technology" from the perspective of pyrotechnology such as pottery production, metallurgy, glass making and lime and gypsum manufacturing.

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Role of Memory and Knowledge in the Construction of “Order” in History of Humankind

Motoaki Takei
Assistant Professor
Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

The purpose of this study is to consider how humankind has managed to regain a peaceful and orderly structure after times of crisis and disaster. The study will focus primarily on the role of memory and knowledge in the maintenance and construction of “order”. The research methods utilized for the study will be drawn from the disciplines of Folklore, Anthropology, History, and Archeology.

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Management of Service Organizations

Fumihiko Ikuine
Associate Professor
Faculty of Engineering, Information and Systems

This research unit empirically investigates the mechanisms of formation, growth and success of service organizations from such viewpoints as strategies, organizations, IT, organized customers, and performance evaluation.

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A.R.T.(Art Resources in Tsukuba) Research Unit

Toshiharu Omuka
Professor
Faculty of Art and Design

Multifaced studies on how to make use of Art as a cultural resource in the university to transmit results of education and research activities within and without the university.

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Parthenon Project Japan

Tosihiro Osada
Professor
Faculty of Art and Design

The aim of the research is the analysis about the impact of the oriental culture on the Parthenon sculpture. A new viewpoint could be introduced by the consideration about the reception of asian art in the classical Athens.

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International, Comparative, and Advanced Japanese Studies

Yoshihiko Takenaka
Professor
Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

How did the series of recent political fluctuations in Japan, such as the change in government (2009) and following changes in public policy, impact the policy process and civil society? The purpose of this group is to systematically survey 1) pressure groups, 2) policy networks, 3) local government and civil society, and from a comparative perspective to identify the fluctuations in the structure of Japanese politics and shifts in the relationship between politics and society.

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Research Unit for University Studies

Shinichi Kobayashi
Professor
Faculty of Business Sciences

We intend to investigate (1) the resource allocation among universities, (2) the funding system, (3) the education of research personnel, to have policy implications to enhance academic research foundations.

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Renaissance of Buddhism in Inner Asia

Chizuko Yoshimizu
Professor
Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

From the end of the tenth century up to the twelfth century, Tibetans revived Buddhist tradition, which had once ceased, by reintroducing it from their neighboring countries such as the Northeast India, Nepal, Kashmir the East Tibet and Central Asia. This revival, in turn, yielded a kind of Buddhist renaissance in Inner Asia including Tibet and Mongolia.Tibetans built a new system of monastic education and scholastic studies, which spread the area and has survived until today. The present research unit aims to investigate the actual transmission of Buddhist texts and thought and the development of Buddhism in Tibet by consulting Tibetan, Indian and Chinese historical as well as philosophical documents and treatises.

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Research Unit of the Ancient Near Eastern Studies

Shigeo Yamada
Professor
Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

Based on textual material, such as cuneiform texts, and other sorts of linguistic data from the western Asia, the research unit studies the history, culture and languages of the Ancient Near East (the Ancient Western Asia). Focusing upon the studies of text-corpora made by the primary members of the unit, and co-operating with research institutions and colleagues abroad, the unit undertakes the advanced research and educates students to international standards.

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Support and Care Unit for The Teachers in an Areas Severely Damaged by the Great East Japan Earthquake

Yutaka Matsui
Professor
Faculty of Human Sciences

This research unit aims to support the educational activity and provide psychological care to the teachers in an areas severely damaged by disaster, such as the Great East Japan Earthquake, from educational, welfare, and social aspects.

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Studies of International Public Policy

Yasumasa Igarashi
Associate Professor
Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

Public policies of many layers, namely, global, regional, national and local are now inevitably and organically linked each other. In light of this perception, our research unit intends to analyze that linkage empirically and contemplate what the publicness has become today for the sake of contribution to the public interests, which is also the mission of the doctoral and master's program of international public policy. The specific research areas of our research unit will consist of global migration, risk management, social security, and local development.

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Genealogy on spiritual exercises in Eastern and Western philosophies

Yoshinori Tsuzaki
Associate Professor
Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

From the diachronic and synchronic points of view, our research group aims to analyze, by using the comparative method, how discourses as well as practices have been developed in Eastern and Western philosophies and religions surrounding an act proper to mankind: spiritual exercises.

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English Language Education:The Integration of Theory and Practice

Yuji Ushiro
Professor
Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

The purpose of this research unit is to clarify the process of foreign language acquisition and to develop theories and effective teaching methodology through comparative qualitative and quantitative research on both L1 and L2 English language acquisition.

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How to Live the Global Coexistence and Conviviality Society -Practice, Strategy, Policy-

Whang,Soon Hee
Professor
Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

This research unit aims to clarify the mechanisms for global coexistence and conviviality, through collaboration among experts on regions such as East Asia, Southeast Asia, Latin America, Middle East, North Africa and U.K.. This group also aims to analyze the social and cultural practices of individuals, their empowerment, systems of civil society and public policies that enable sustainable development of a multicultural society.

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The Reserch Unit for Practical Application of linguistics

Makoto YAZAWA
Professor
Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

The Research Unit for Practical Applications of Linguists is a research unit started by members of the Research on Lexica and Grammar for Improving Composition Skills, a Basic Research Program (B), funded by Grants-in-aid for Scientific Research (KAKENHI). The following unit aims to discuss practical applications of results of Linguistics Research to areas such as Japanese language teaching (as first and second language), dictionary-making, translation etc.

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Historical Development of Catholic Liberal Arts Education

Naoki KUWABARA
Professor
Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

Our research unit intends to articulate meanings and values of liberal arts education and humanities in contemporary Japan. To attain our objective, we will explore how Catholic religious orders, especially the society of Jesus have developed liberal arts education and humanities in Western cultural context, and we will examine how they have applied their educational thought to secondary education in Japan since Kirishitan era. Our historical researches will give suggestions to make liberal arts education and humanities in Japan more innovative and creative.

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