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Objective: “General Research of Japan as a ‘Transit Place for Intellectual’:Towards Creating ‘The Study of Intellectual Process’”

Outline:(2009-2010) In this research, we will focus on how Japan traditionally carried out a role as a “transit place for intellectual,” or how it excels in “improvement trade of intellectual.” This research, which identifies Japan as a “transit place for intellectual,” will provide a new perspective on research on Japan. In other words, by focusing on the role that Japan played as a “transit place for intellectual,” we would like to create scholarly compendium—“the study of intellectual process”—which could be delivered not only within Japan but also worldwide. Moreover, we aim to return the results of “the study of intellectual process” to society. “The study of intellectual process” is, to accept various leading knowledge worldwide, search the background of the principles, modify or reform that knowledge and apply those results to country, society and region-making. Or, it means a part of process to spread towards people in other regions. Specifically, we should clarify the process and technique of accepting, manufacturing and delivering the leading culture, arts, ideology and system in Japan.

      There are three different sections: culture and history, politics and ideology, and industry and technology. The first section is comprised of Japanese Language Education, Japanese Literature, and Japanese History (history of techniques), and Geography. The second section is comprised of Political Science: theory, ideology, and international politics. The third section is comprised of the history of scientific technique, militarism, and management. Each section’s research will be used to further inform the research in each of the other sections. By doing such research we aim to create “the study of intellectual process” as a new discipline.


General Research related to Japan from the “Knowledge Processing”: In order to combine it to Japanese Language Education

 
■Research Outline of 2011-2013 (Updated)
To meet the demands for Japanese research as well as Japanese language education, the present research team will conduct general Japanese researches from the perspective of humanities and social sciences. As a result, this research shall serve as a model for further training of students from Graduate School and exchange students. This research will focus on “the Secondary Knowledge Processing” or the ability to accept the knowledge from oversea, process it and apply it.
 From this study on the “Knowledge Processing” it will be possible to compare the Japanese case with those of other countries, which allows the understanding of Japan’s strengths and weaknesses that could be developed and improved, as well as other particular issues. Moreover, it would be possible to contribute to other countries with similar issues by acquiring the objective point of view.
 
■Methodology Outline of 2011-2013 (Updated)
The foundations of this project are Research and Educational Activities.
 Lectures on knowledge processing at the Graduate School started in 2010. As for the final objectives of this research, we aim to introduce a educational model that could be applied to other similar cases.
 For this purpose, there will be 4 groups (hereafter referred to as A to D group) to deal with each researches’ issue following the procedures (1) – (6) as described below.
(1) In order to clarify Japan’s distinctive characters, we will analyze from two different aspects: “Japan seen from inside” and “Japan seen from outside.” Also, the following words will considered as the keywords for this research: “accepting,” “processing,” “delivering,” and “sharing.”
(2) To show the strengths and weaknesses of Japanese knowledge through all fields.
(3) To extract the features and commonness of Japanese knowledge processing though analysis of study cases.
(4) To summarize in classes the improvements on what was understood from this research as the strengths and weaknesses of Japanese Knowledge Processing.
(5) To develop an educational model through feedbacks on the research plan based on the education evaluation and monitoring.
(6) For similar cases from other countries, we will share the cause of a problem, suggest a solution for the problem and share the result of the research.
 
Issues (Objectives)
Contents
Members *Researchers from abroad
1)Formulate the basis of the Educational model: accumulate cases
 
Japan seen from inside
(History/Culture)
(Politics/Ideology)
(Industry/Technology)
A “Japan seen from inside” Group
Matsunaga/Matsumoto/Hattori/Se/ Ogawara/Yoshioka/ Miyaji (a joint researcher)
2) Formulate the basis of the Educational model: comparison with cases from other countries
 
 
 
 
Japan seen from outside
 
 
 
 
B“Japan seen from outside” Group
    Country:Namigata*Researcher from abroad
    China:Abe * Researcher from abroad
    US:Miwa, Hall
    Russia:Matsui
    Germany:Kaburagi
    Middle East:Yamao
★1)2)Synthesis
Overview of the
Study of Social Science
Extract Japanese characteristics
 
C “Knowledge processing” Group(Se/Hattori/Yoshioka /Science Researcher
3)Developing an educational model
Verify and revise education practices
D “Japanese research – educational model” Group
(Matsunaga・Research Associate
4)Spreading the educational model
To spread and share knowledge
Systematization and formulation of “Knowledge Processing”
C+D Group