History

1985 April An ad hoc committee on the International Research Center for Japanese Studies was established by the Ministry of Education, Science and Culture, and an investigative committee on the same topic was established by the National Museum of Ethnology.

1986 March 31 The investigative committee presented its final report on plans for the Center.
  April 5 The Preparatory Office for the Establishment of the International Research Center for Japanese Studies was established with UMEHARA Takeshi as Director.

1987 May 21 The International Research Center for Japanese Studies was established in Kyoto as an Inter-University Research Institute of the Ministry of Education, Science, Sports and Culture.
    UMEHARA Takeshi was inaugurated as the first Director-General. The Center's Administration Office and Research Division were established.

1988 The Information Management and Library Resources was established.

1990 July 27 The South Research Wing and the Research Exchange Wing were completed, and the Center moved to its current site in Oeyama-cho.
  December 10 The Information and Administration Wing, International Exchange Wing and the Library were completed, and an opening ceremony was held.

1991 October The North Research Wing was completed.

1992 April 10 Department of Japanese Studies, School of Cultural and Social Studies, Graduate University for Advanced Studies was established.

1994 The Auditorium, Services Wing, Nichibunken House (family-occupancy apartments), and Library AnnexⅠ were completed.

1997 May 24 The Center held its Tenth Anniversary Ceremony.

1998 April 9 The Office of International Research Exchange was established.

1999 March 25 Nichibunken House's single-occupancy apartments were completed.
  April 1 The Office for Virtual Resources was established.

2004 The form of establishment of the International Research Center for Japanese Studies was changed and the Center became a member institution of the National Institutes for the Humanities.

2007 May 21 The Center held its Twentieth Anniversary Ceremony.

2010 June Library Annex Ⅱ was completed.

2012 March Publication of Kokusai Nihon Bunka Kenkyū Sentā 25-nenshi: Shiryōhen (The 25 Year History of the International Research Center for Japanese Studies: Reference).
  May 23 Party to celebrate the Twenty-fifth Anniversary of Nichibunken.
  October 30 Publication of Shin Nihongaku tanjō: Kokusai Nihon Bunka Kenkyū Sentā no 25-nen (The Birth of the New Japanese Studies: The International Research Center for Japanese Studies’ First 25 Years) Kadokawa Gakugei Shuppan.

2014 July Library Annex Ⅲ was completed.

2016 April 1 The Office of Institutional Research was established.
2017 March 31 The Office for Virtual Resources was closed.
  April 1 The Office of Digital Resources, Publications, and Public Information was established.
  May 17 Thirtieth Anniversary Ceremony was held.

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