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Taizo Motonishi, Drector, Dean of the Research Institute for Socionetwork Strategies of Kansai University
The Research Institute for Socionetwork Strategies of Kansai University is comprised of a diverse array of researchers who specialize in economics, business administration, accounting, and other social sciences, as well as basic sciences like statistics and mathematics, and also computer science. These researchers engage in interdisciplinary and empirical policy research. Their activities are based around five main pillars: (1) Promoting joint research via researchers within and outside the university; (2) Creating data archives, making them available to the public, and jointly utilizing testing facilities; (3) Performing social surveys that incorporate requests from the researcher community; (4) Disseminating research results via English peer-reviewed journals and other means; and (5) Fostering young researchers.
What is more, the institute makes its researchers, research units, research subjects, and data usage available to the public both within the university and outside it, and strives to further promote joint research as an intersection for bringing together diverse research fields.
The Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology established the Joint Usage and Joint Research Center program with the goal of developing academic research throughout Japan as a whole by consolidating and deepening research fields and researcher communities. Since being certified as a Joint Usage and Joint Research Center (for a five-year period) by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology in 2008, the institute carried out projects and had the research results from this period evaluated. As a result, it was re-certified for a six-year period in April 2013, and has continued on with its research activities ever since. The institute promotes comprehensive policy research by a diverse array of researchers and creates new academic fields by combining disparate areas, thereby contributing to the development of academic research in Japan. I would like to ask for your cooperation with regards to the institutefs research activities.

Taizo Motonishi
Dean of the Research Institute for Socionetwork Strategies of Kansai University

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