International Research Center for Japanese Studies Declaration of Human Rights


October 18, 2021

The International Research Center for Japanese Studies hereby declares that it tolerates no violation of human rights by its members - faculty, students or staff - in the course of their research, education, and work, and that it actively seeks to create an environment based on mutual trust in which the human rights of all are respected.

The Center was established to conduct collaborative research with, and offer support for, scholars from across the globe, in the pursuit of international, interdisciplinary research projects on Japanese culture. Since its founding in 1987, the Center has created a research agenda for Japanese culture, and engaged in collaborative work involving the participation of scholars from diverse fields in Japan and abroad. It has also sought to expand the scope of Japanese studies through cooperation with scholars and research institutions throughout the world. The Center can only realize these various missions by actively seeking to understand others of different values and backgrounds, and showing respect for their diverse individualities and ideas. Such is the sine qua non for the Center if it is to accomplish its goal of cross-border Japanese studies, where scholars of multiple nationalities and backgrounds may gather, and accumulate new knowledge, irrespective of the diversity of their
academic foundations.

In order to continue to produce new knowledge through international and interdisciplinary Japanese studies, the Center will promote the following initiatives, premised on the principles of academic freedom and freedom of expression.
  1. The Center will respect the human rights of all people regardless of their gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, nationality, region of origin, social position, age, ideology, belief, religion, illness, disability, or any other circumstance. Members of the Center will conduct their research, education, and work with a constant awareness that human rights violations may be caused by ignorance, indifference, and a lack of imagination.

  2. The Center will provide an environment in which its members can fully develop their individual abilities, and in which people of diverse backgrounds can engage in research, and work together equally. To this end, the Center will continuously review and seek to improve its measures for protecting human rights, and will conduct regular training and awareness-raising activities for all its members.

  3. The Center will not turn a blind eye to damage caused by human rights violations. Rather, it will work to resolve problems appropriately and promptly in accordance with relevant regulations, informed by the need to protect victims and prevent secondary damage.
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