Introduction to the Research Fields
The Road to Profound Research, Two Divisions
Division of International Relations
Our program provides a diverse curriculum focused on international politics and international economics (e.g., Japanese politics and diplomacy, international law, international finance, international development, international administration) to match the wide-ranging interests of our students. Our unique graduate courses on regional studies (and notably our East Asia program) greatly contribute to the fields of research.
We emphasize a global studies approach, utilizing sociology, anthropology, and social psychology to empirically assess critical global issues involving poverty, the environment, immigration, ethnicity, and gender in combination with a communication-based approach to promoting multicultural communication and solving problems in a ubiquitous society.
Division of Comparative Culture
We conduct research relating to various areas of Japanese culture, literature, and linguistics. Features of this field are thorough foundation work, both historical and modern cultural dissemination, and comparative perspectives (e.g., Sino-Japanese). Specialization training is available for those who intend to become Japanese teachers.
Our program aims to holistically assess and study Asian regions and countries (primarily China, the Korean Peninsula, Southeast Asia, and Russia), utilizing an approach combining political science, economics, sociology, cultural anthropology, performing arts, history, and literature.
We promote contemporary and historically oriented comparative research into a wide range of British and American fields, including new linguistic theory, history, literature, sociology, and the study of rhetoric and communication. We offer an English-language teacher program that includes an English-education internship at Ohio State University.
We focus on a big-picture comparative-studies framework of Europe’s regional literature, culture, history, philosophy, and society with emphasis on Germany, France, and Spain. Moreover, our program encourages the reexamination of culture from an expanded viewpoint, encompassing human sciences and exploring the continuation and changes in European society.
Our Three Associated Research Centers
Each of the research centers associated with the graduate school holds events (e.g., international conferences) to foster exchanges between researchers and to serve as centers of regional research.
1.Center for Korean Studies
The Center for Korean Studies promotes systematic and comprehensive study of Korean Peninsula politics, economics, and society. Here we explore the trends of South and North Korean politics and Japanese-Korean economic cooperation. We aim to expand mutual understanding of Japanese and Korean society and culture.
2.Wider Europe Research Center
The Wider Europe Research Center targets research into an expanded Europe, including Central and Eastern Europe, the Balkans, and the former Soviet Union. The center promotes interdisciplinary study of Europe’s nations and regions, the European Union’s expansion, integration and governance, and Europe’s historical process of formation.
Wider Europe Research Center
3.Center for Global Studies
The goal of Center for Global Studies is to conduct research, education, and investigations through an interdisciplinary approach in order to contribute to solving various problems brought on by globalization. We hope the new image of global citizenry spreads worldwide from Shizuoka.
Center for Global Studies