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Our Mission

CJAS is to provide a worldwide research and training hub that deals with the advanced study about Japan. Its mission is to provide a globally comparative context receptive to political and social needs of the contemporary times. It supports cross-disciplinary and multi-methodology researches from the Humanities and Social Sciences. CAJS' primary activities include 5 major areas:

1. To succeed and expand outcome of mega research projects, "Civil Society, the State, and Culture in Comparative Perspective" and among others, develop a research culture that centers on the advanced study of Japan alongside with the study of Japanese language using interdisciplinary approaches.
2. To facilitate grant opportunities for applicants in the area of humanities and social sciences, such as "GCOE Programs" by Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) and "Joint Usage/Research Centre" by Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, Japan (MEXT), of the University.
3. To assist in the conduct of researches at the Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences in order to foster research base, and stimulate linkages with other schools and institutes abroad.
4. To coordinate with the International Student Centre on the teaching of Japanese language to students and scholars that is relevant to their researches and everyday survival.
5. To work in cooperation with the Doctoral Program in International and Advanced Japanese Studies, and other programs in the Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences, in carrying out advanced researches about Japan from comparative and interdisciplinary perspectives.

1) Continuation of mega projects to advance and elaborate those studies:

For mega projects, "Civil Society, the State, and Culture in Comparative Perspective", and "A Comparative Empirical Study on the Three-Level Civil Society Structure and Governance in Japan, South Korea, the United States, Germany, and China in Comparative Perspective", a comparative approach is utilized in order to further develop studies on civil society and state.
For "Civil Society, the State, and Culture in Comparative Perspective", (FY2003-FY2008), 80 social scientist in Japan and 17 from overseas participated in this project.
For "A Comparative Empirical Study on the Three-Level Civil Society Structure and Governance in Japan, South Korea, the United States, Germany, and China in Comparative Perspective", which ended in FY2009, attracted grants of 2,500 million yen (US$ 30 million equivalent) worth in total.
For "Policy and Research Council for the Trend of Aging and Lessening Total Fertility Rate of Society", which started since FY2005, various researchers from Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences took part in organizing a joint workshop with other institutes.

2) Assistance for grant opportunities;

  Selected as part of pre strategic initiative by the University, the project, "A Hub for Creating New Paradigm for Public Policy", started since FY2008 and succeeded in collaborating joint researches with other institutes in Japan and overseas;
  -Research Center for Land & Construction Management at the National Institute for Land & Infrastructure Management
-Center for Global Environmental Research at the National Institute for Environmental Studies
-College of Political Sciences at Korea University
-Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies at the University of Washington.

3) Support with the University's strategy for internationalization;
As part of the Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences at the University, various programs and projects listed below are implemented and maintained close collaboration with CAJS.

The advanced Japanese studies programs including Japanese language studies in cooperation with:
-the University's North African and Mediterranean Office, in collaboration with the University of 7th November at Carthage, Tunisia
-the University's International Center for Central Asian Research & Education, in collaboration with Tashkent State Institute of Oriental Studies, Uzbekistan
The assistance for the University's strategy for internationalization with other overseas institutions in order to bridge linkages and network.
The assistance for international students and scholars to learn advanced academic Japanese in order to start their studies at the University.
The University's Inter Faculty Education & Research Initiatives (IFERI) Project, which has co-hosted research workshops with the Doctoral Program in International and Advanced Japanese Studies*.
* Out of which 9 students in total, 7 sponsorships for the short term student exchange program (for one year study) have been accepted and tuition fees subsidized by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Sciences and Technology, Japan (MEXT).

4) Promotion of Japanese language study;

To facilitate advanced study on Japan and Japanese language especially to foreign students and scholars at the University of Tsukuba, CAJS maintains close partnership with the University's International Student Center.