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Director, Institute of Human Sciences MATSUBARA, Yoko

Ritsumeikan University’s Institute of Human Sciences conducts comprehensive, multi-disciplinary research on human beings and society with a core emphasis on research and practice related to “Human Service”, transcending the boundaries of basic and applied research, theory/experimentation and practice, and existing academic disciplines such as psychology, education, philosophy, history, sociology and welfare studies.

Since its establishment in 2000, this institute has worked with various communities and practitioners to pursue a diverse array of activities while collaborating with industry, government, academia, and civil groups. We have developed many research projects that include the participation not only of scholars and researchers from our and other universities but also graduate and undergraduate students and practitioners such as middle and high school teachers and social welfare professionals. We also conduct research that makes use of our special facilities such as training rooms and social clinical practice rooms.

Since 2013 we have been utilizing these research results and our network of human resources to undertake an institute-wide project entitled “Translational Studies for Inclusive Society” under the auspices of the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sport, Science and Technology-Supported Program for Strategic Research Foundations at Private Universities. This is a new research project that tries to consciously tie together various elements of practice and research with the aim of creating an inclusive society.

In addition to the activities described above, this institute also plays the role of providing a platform for various types of research projects. This has included the dissemination of research in multiple languages, the publication and online release of “Ritsumeikan Journal of Human Sciences” (a refereed jounal), organizational/system design proposals for “the ethical review of research targeting human beings” with a new conceptual basis, and recommendations regarding an insurance system that would protect both participants and researchers.

Pursuing comprehensive, multi-disciplinary research and providing society with a new understanding of the relationship between human beings and society in various contexts such as large-scale natural disasters, difficulties in everyday life, child-rearing, education, employment, and conflict is becoming an ever more important task. In order to take up this challenge we are actively promoting a social collaboration involving industry, government, academic and civil groups and institutions. We hope you will continue to follow and support our institute’s research projects and other undertakings as we continue to move forward while bringing together comprehensive/multidisciplinary research and the society in which it is conducted.

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