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NIHU Transdisciplinary Projects (Institute-based Project)
New Departures and Consortium for Global Japanese Studies: Pioneering and Cultivating Global Japanese Studies

Nichibunken put together a Consortium for Global Japanese Studies as one of the NIHU Third Mid-term Objectives during the period from 2016-2021. Its aim was to respond to the research and educational needs of universities and research centers committed to international research on Japan and global Japanese studies, and at the same time to strengthen collaboration between the various institutes. To this end we formed the Consortium for Global Japanese Studies.

The NIHU Fourth Mid-term Objectives (2022-2027) sees us develop the Consortium for Global Japanese Studies beyond domestic institutions, so that it becomes a global network in which overseas universities and research institutes can participate as full members.

Building on the outstanding results of our commitment to convening international collaborative workshops and nurturing younger scholars, we aim for further invigoration of our Consortium for Global Japanese Studies, and Nichibunken will promote the deepening of global Japanese studies as Chair Institution.

We shall establish organic linkages between our Japanese Popular Culture Research Project, which was a NIHU Transdisciplinary Project (Institute-based Project), and the Consortium for Global Japanese Studies in order to promote further the discovery of new topics and methods in global Japanese studies. We have to this end established anew a theme "Exploring Crossover and Multidimensionality" for the entire center with a strong multi-disciplinary character. In such ways, we aim to promote multi-disciplinary, international collaborative research under the auspices of the Consortium, which is symbolized by its transnational concerns.

In pioneering global Japanese studies with its themes of multi-disciplinarity and internationality under the auspices of a network of domestic and international research bodies, we have two aims: the first, of course, is to make an academic contribution to both domestic and international academia; the second is to deepen understanding of both throughout society in general, using the medium of cultural exchange, the base layer of international relations.

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