International Collaboration

At the National Institutes for the Humanities (NIHU)

NIHU has cooperative ties with many overseas institutions engaged in humanities research. NIHU hosts international researchers in Japan, sends Japanese researchers abroad, and actively organizes and provides speakers for international symposiums held outside Japan.


Overseas Research Facilities

NIHU opened overseas research facilities (liaison offices) to promote international collaborative research with overseas institutions. It provides information on research on Japan and Japanese culture to people in other countries.

NIHU has established liaison offices at the Mongolian Academy of Sciences (Ulan Bator), EHESS (Paris) and the Sejong Institute (Gyeonggi).


Agreements with Overseas Research Institutions

  • Università Pontificia Salesiana (UPS), Italy
  • Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), UK
  • International Institute for Asian Studies (IIAS), Netherlands
  • Brandenstein Castle (Dr. Constantine von Brandenstein-Zeppelin), Germany
  • Vatican Library (BAV), The Vatican City
  • L'École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (EHESS), France
  • Mongolian Academy of Sciences (MAS), Mongolia


Agreement with UK’s Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC)

NIHU signed an agreement with the United Kingdom’s Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC) in 2007 to facilitate the exchange of post-graduates and early career researchers. The agreement has been renewed twice since then and a cooperative relationship has developed between the two organizations. Based on this agreement, at the request of the AHRC, NIHU provides placements and research guidance to graduate students and early career researchers from the UK who wish to pursue Japanese studies. NIHU continues to contribute to the development of overseas researchers through these types of activities.

In the academic year 2017, through its agreement with the UK Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), NIHU provided placements and guidance to one early-career researcher and one graduate student based in the UK who conduct research specializing in Japan.


NIHU Prize Japanese Studies

The NIHU Prize in Japanese Studies recognizes the achievements of outstanding Japanese studies by scholars from overseas. The prize was established in 2011 with the support of YKK Corporation in order to encourage and promote Japanese studies overseas. To see the list of past recipients, click here.


At the Institutions