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Graduate School of International Relations

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About the Graduate School of International Relations

Graduate School of International Relations

Globalization is seemingly homogenizing but practically diversifying and complicating our ways of life, while counter-globalization trends in various forms such as traditionalism, nationalism, localism, ethnicity, religious extremism and so on are taking place here and there in contemporary international contexts. That is why global and international studies on one hand and local cultural or area studies on the other are equally needed and inseparable from each other to resolve a wide range of complicated issues today. To foster highly trained specialists and active practitioners fully equipped with global as well as local knowledge in international and multicultural arenas, our graduate school recommends students to assume an ability to apply a relevant combination of multidisciplinary approaches and comparative methods covered by such disciplines as cultural studies, linguistics, history, anthropology, sociology, political sciences, economics, jurisprudence and so on. Our graduate school also highly encourages students to conduct fieldwork to approach the lived experience and realities of the people concerned through a full use of researcher’s own five senses.
The school consists of two major divisions, namely, the Division of International Relations and the Division of Comparative Culture. No matter what research topic a student might challenge, a flexible combination of proper methods and appropriate approaches relevant to the problem is so important and much recommended. Our graduate programs are also effectively supported by three research centers attached to the school, namely, Center for Korean Studies, Wider Europe Research Center and Center for Global Studies.

Division of International Relations

International Politics and Economics
Our program provides a diverse curriculum focused on international politics and international economics (e.g., Japanese politics and diplomacy, international law, international finance, international development, international administration) to match the wide-ranging interests of our students.
International Behavior
We emphasize a global studies approach, utilizing sociology, anthropology, and social psychology to empirically assess critical global issues involving poverty, the environment, immigration, ethnicity, and gender in combination with a communication-based approach to promoting multicultural communication and solving problems in a ubiquitous society.

Division of Comparative Culture

Japanese Culture
We conduct research relating to various areas of Japanese culture, literature, and linguistics. Features of this field are thorough foundation work and comparative perspectives (e.g., Sino-Japanese). Specialization training is available for those who intend to become Japanese teachers.
Asian Culture
Our program aims to holistically assess and study Asian regions and countries (China, the Korean Peninsula, Southeast Asia, and Russia), utilizing an approach combining political science, economics, sociology, cultural anthropology, performing arts, history, and literature.
English and American Culture
We promote contemporary and historically oriented comparative research into a wide range of British and American fields, including new linguistic theory, history, literature, sociology, and the study of communication. We offer a formal program for those who are interested in advanced teacher’s license to teach English.
European Culture
We provide students with a big-picture for comparative studies of Europe’s regional literature, culture, history, philosophy, and society of Germany, France, and Spain. Our program also encourages the reexamination of culture from an expanded viewpoint, encompassing human sciences and exploring the continuation and changes in European society.