“Interdisciplinary” and “International”—learning across disciplines, promoting interaction across borders
The precision of Japanese arts and handicrafts and the spirit expressed therein; the kindness towards others depicted in Japanese literature as well as in manga and anime; the appreciation of nature evident in Japanese cities and homes; the dynamism and laughter of Japanese popular culture; the diverse integration of various cultures, from Okinawans in the south to the indigenous Ainu in the north, as well as the vast array of foreign residents of Japan. These and many other factors have an impact on Japanese government and corporate activities, and even on products made in Japan. There is significant value in sharing aspects of Japan with the world, including social structures and management styles that have been shaped within the context of Japanese history and various genres of art, artistic sensibilities, and the products they have inspired.
As we move into the 21st century, Hosei University has created two new structures for studying these aspects of culture and society, and for sharing relevant findings with the rest of the world. The first is a research facility, the Research Center for International Japanese Studies, while the second is an educational institution, the International Japanese Studies Institute.
The International Japanese Studies Institute was established in 2003, but was reorganized in 2011 into a graduate school offering interdisciplinary studies across the various programs of the Graduate School of Humanities. It offers a diverse curriculum that covers Japanese literature, history, and geography, without limiting students to the conventional framework of program specializations. Students conduct research in seminars managed by academic advisors. To emphasize the comparison related to Japan from the perspectives of foreign countries, the institute hires many instructors from other countries and accepts many international students. Instructors have thus far come from five different countries, while students come from as many as 13 countries.