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Introduction to the Department of Japanese Studies

Organization

The Department of Japanese Studies is organized as a single administrative unit in order to facilitate the international and interdisciplinary pursuit of Japanese studies encompassing the humanities, social sciences, as well as natural sciences. A special feature of our graduate study program is that all the faculty participate in teaching and research guidance.

The department requires graduate students to take three courses--"Seminar on Theory and Methodology," "Interdisciplinary Research," and "Dissertation Writing Guidance"--which set forth the theoretical and methodological basis for conducting Japanese studies in global perspective. Through these courses and directed research, we hope to foster researchers with creative and highly specialized perspectives who are equipped to undertake comprehensive approaches of a broad interdisciplinary nature crossing the lines of multiple fields of study.

Purpose

The Department of Japanese Studies supports education and research on Japanese culture and civilization in international and interdisciplinary perspective through its diverse faculty and the rich resources of its research environment and aims to nurture researchers with an international and broadminded perspective.

Department of Japanese Studies Admission Policy

Who is Eligible?

The Department of Japanese Studies at the International Research Center for Japanese Studies welcomes students who have a strong interest in and ambition to pursue Japanese studies and related fields, and who intend to continue their research in the future and contribute to society as independent scholars.

Basic approach to selecting applicants:

In the first-stage of the screening process (document evaluation), the Department reviews the applicant's submitted MA thesis and other relevant academic papers, and then forms an overall assessment of the applicant's research proposal, and other application particulars. The MA thesis and other academic papers are evaluated in terms of composition, originality, development, and logical and empirical rigor. The desired research is evaluated in terms of originality, and the validity of the plan and their future prospects. (If applicants submit additional published papers, these will be evaluated together with the MA thesis.)

The second-stage of the screening (interview evaluation) consists of an oral examination, which focuses on the applicant's research outcomes to date, their proposed research theme as well as the applicant's presentation skills, communication skills and their future prospects. An overall assessment is then made based on the results of the first and second stage of screening.

Details:

Contact Us

International Research Center for Japanese Studies
3-2 Goryo Oeyama-cho, Nishikyo-ku, Kyoto 610-1192 Japan
Phone : (075) 335-2052 (from within Japan)
           +81-75-335-2052 (from outside of Japan)
FAX : (075) 335-2092 (from within Japan)
           +81-75-335-2092 (from outside of Japan)
e-mail:senkou*nichibun.ac.jp (Please replace * with @)
SOKENDAI (The Graduate University for Advanced Studies)
Shonan Village, Hayama, Kanagawa 240-0193 Japan
Phone : +81-46-858-1500 (from outside of Japan)
FAX : +81-46-858-1542
e-mail:gakusei*ml.soken.ac.jp (Please replace * with @)
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