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Kansai University Research Institutes

Institute of Economic and Political Studies

This institute was founded in 1958 for the purpose of fostering vigorous academic research and contributing to the improvement and development of the national standard of living. As a center for joint research in the social sciences, with weight on interdisciplinary exchange and internationalization, the institute has taken up several research projects. Individual projects are undertaken by teaching staff selected from all faculties for a research period of two or four years.

At present, six research projects are conducted:

(1) Research on social and economic problems in historical and contemporary Osaka and Kansai
(2) Action Research on Citizen Autonomy and Community Empowerment
(3) Research on Sports and Community
(4) Research on the Development of the Modern Osaka Economy
(5) Research on Economic Development and Conservation of Nature in Africa with Special Reference to Southern African Development Community (SADC)
(6) Research Group on Sound Financial Status and Public Sector Accounting Reform

Results of the research have been published in a series of bulletins, such as "Economic & Political Studies Series", "Survey & Data Series", and an "Annual Report" of public lectures and seminars.

In addition, this institute has a concurrent function as a specialized information center and is collecting basic research and statistical data as well as regular academic materials related to specialized fields of study.

Further, for the help and assistance of the local community, the institute holds open seminars on industry, public lectures, and public seminars.

Institute of Oriental and Occidental Studies

The Institute of Oriental and Occidental Studies at Kansai University was founded in April 1951, with the aims of advancing the academic study of both Eastern and Western cultures, especially in comparative research, and of contributing to international harmonization among cultures. Starting as one of the first group of full-scale research institutions at Kansai University, the Institute has advanced comparative research with Asian Studies as its core, while also keeping a variety of other foreign cultures in view. Today, the Institute has eight research groups working in various fields.

Institute of Oriental and Occidental Studies

The Institute of Oriental and Occidental Studies 1) conducts research and publishes its findings; 2) organizes research seminars and symposia; 3) carries out projects to promote academic research; and 4) hosts scholars from overseas. The results of our research are published in the annual periodical, The Bulletin of the Institute of Oriental and Occidental Studies. Our list of publications amounts to more than 100 books, including the "Research Library" series, the "Translation and Annotation" series, the "Sources and Materials" series, the "Index" series, the "International Joint Studies" series and the "Monograph" series.

Organization for Research and Development of Innovative Science and Technology (ORDIST)

ORDIST was founded in April of 2002 with the purpose of contributing to the improvement of human life and the protection of the global environment through research and development of innovative science and technology. ORDIST was developed from the Institute of Industrial Technology, which was founded in 1964.

ORDIST consists of four research departments: "N" (New material, functional element and production technology), "I" (Information, communication and electronics), "B" (Bio-technology, life, human sciences and robotics), and "E" (Environment, energy and society). These departments have established research groups and are collaborating on innovative science and technology projects with a number of private companies.

For more advanced research, we have the following Research Centers to strategically promote specific medium- or long-term research.

Organization for Research and Development of Innovative Science and Technology (ORDIST)

Strategic Research Center for Science and Technology (SRCST)

SRCST was established in 2012 with the purpose of contributing to the development of science and technology by promoting specific advanced researches.

In SRCST, we aim to form the basis for future advanced researches through the ongoing strategic research project with support of MEXT and other public funds and the collaboration with industrial companies.

Collaborative Research Center of Engineering, Medicine and Pharmacology (CEMP)

CEMP was established in 2004. The purpose of the CEMP is to study medical and biological engineering with the collaboration between engineering, medicine and pharmacology, and to develop new methods and devices for diagnosis and therapeutics. Many collaborative research projects are being performed with medical universities and institutes.

Research Center for Regional Revitalization (RCRR)

RCRR is a research institute for regional revitalization founded in 2008.

Our mission is to gather and analyze information about regional revitalization, to investigate methods for sustainable maintenance and rehabilitation of infrastructure, and to conduct studies on regional community culture by utilizing a collaboration of the engineering field such as civil engineering and architecture, and the social science field such as public-interest policy and others. In addition, we are involved in practice for regional revitalization.

Center for Socio-Spatial Information Science (CSSIS)

This center was established in April 2016 as a comprehensive research hub for socio-spatial information in western Japan. It focuses on two main areas of research and development to provide a new, inspiring concept, “social-spatial information services,” to meet a variety of purposes. One area is the technology for “social infrastructure,” used in the operation and maintenance of social-infrastructure facilities and disaster management and prevention. The other is the technology for “social activities,” whose utility lies in health management, condition assessment, and strategic analysis for the support of daily life or for sport purposes. In order to propagate its research achievements, it also promotes industry–government–academia collaborations through the construction of a cooperative framework involving researchers both inside and outside the university, private corporations and public institutions. The focus of this endeavor is to establish the necessary rules and standards for the efficient handling of socio-spatial information.

Institute of Legal Studies

Legal studies are getting more complicated as a result of the socio-economic and international impact on legal systems. This situation requires well-organized cooperative studies by jurists, social scientists, and others. The main purpose of the Institute of Legal Studies, Kansai University (ILS, KU), founded in 1987, is to offer convenient opportunities for such joint research projects on recent complex legal and social problems.

Members of the ILS are mainly recruited from the faculties of the University, but the Institute also welcomes visiting fellows from other universities and the business world in and outside of Japan.

The ILS holds seminars, symposia, and public lectures.

Periodicals which the ILS publishes are: Nomos (the integrated proceedings of symposia, seminars and special study meetings) and the ILS research report series.

In addition, from 2000 to 2005 we operated a large five-year project under the title "Global Financial Revolution and Law", after having received a grant from the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology-Japan (MEXT). Many leading scholars and practitioners who came not only from Japan but from all corners of the world took part in this project, and great things were accomplished.

Furthermore, we established Center for Minority Studies (CMS) from 2008 to 2013 under a project "Research to Establish the Foothold of the Studies by MEXT". CMS operated a large five-year project which were approved by and received a grant from the MEXT.

A paper of this project approved by the government notes that through considering an idea of minority, its goal was to solve "the Nation and Society" that various people conceive. It was impossible to envision the picture of nation in the 21th century without facing the hidden issue of minority.

Periodicals which the CMS publishes were; Boundary (a newsletter, twice a year) and Minority Research (a journal, once a year).

The Research Institute for Socionetwork Strategies (RISS)

The Research Institute for Socionetwork Strategies (RISS) was established on the 24th of July, 2008 as an attached institute of Kansai University. The mission of RISS is to conduct comprehensive policy studies by utilizing advanced information-communication technology for the promotion of collaborative research among public and private universities, the creation of researchers’ networks, and the furtherance of joint research of scientific resources. On the first of October in the same year, it was certified as a Joint Usage and Joint Research Center by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, and was re-certified for a six-year period from 2013 to 2018. RISS contributes to effective policymaking by utilizing information-communication technology, developing individual studies into collaborative research, promoting the disclosure of data collected from research projects, and encouraging researchers and their communities to stimulate further research.


Institute of Human Rights Studies

Institute of Human Rights Studies is a comprehensive research institution which aims to help promote fundamental human rights through educational programs in and outside the university.

The Institute seeks to contribute to secure the recognition and observance of human rights, by conducting research and studies on the various related issues.

The first Institute of Buraku Studies to be established in the Japanese private universities was founded in 1974. It was subsequently reorganized and renamed the Institute of Human Rights Studies in 1985. This current research institution conducts research in a variety of areas dealing with the human rights: Buraku, Ethnicity and race, People with disabilities and Gender issues. It is committed to establishing the promotion of human rights both in and outside the university; it aims to contribute toward making people aware of human rights and to make advancements in the realm of research.

Research findings are reported in publications such as "Bulletin of the Institute of Human Rights Studies" which is circulated throughout Japan to related institutions. In addition, the activities and data of the institute are outlined in the "Institute of Human Rights Studies Newsletter". There is a collection of materials dealing with human rights issues held in the institute which can be accessed by all staff and students of the university. Furthermore, it is our endeavor to put our research findings into use both within and outside the university. To achieve this, public lectures are held which are open to students, teaching staff and the general public.

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