Institute-based Projects

Constructing Integrated Studies of Cultural and Research Resources,
and Renovating Sharing Infrastructures of Research Resources in
Japanese History and Cultures

National Museum of Japanese History (Rekihaku)


This project offers unique insights into a variety of studies and Japanese historical resources through multidisciplinary collaboration with universities, museums, and other institutions. “Integrated Studies of Cultural and Research Resources” approaches Japanese historical resources through interdisciplinary studies and through the use of information infrastructure. Incorporating interdisciplinary perspectives when classifying cultural and research materials leads to advanced sharing infrastructure and furthers cooperative studies. The project has contributed to the growth of a new academic discipline in Japanese history.


Project to Build an International Collaborative Research Network for
Pre-modern Japanese Texts

National Institute of Japanese Literature (NIJL)


This project makes use of various historical Japanese texts as resources for research. In collaboration with universities and research institutions worldwide, the project carries out integrated research that extends beyond humanities research and that incorporates other fields such as the natural sciences. To create a substantial research infrastructure, approximately 300,000 Japanese pre-modern texts are being scanned into a database that combine the resulting data with existing bibliographic information.


A New Integration of Japanese Language Studies based on Diverse Language Resources
National Institute for Japanese Language and Linguistics (NINJAL)


This project builds large-scale corpora that serve as basic data for Japanese language research, by collaborating with universities and research institutions in Japan and overseas. The data, which are provided to universities and research communities, include language resources derived from written and conversational Japanese, classics, dialects, and learners’ Japanese.

The vast array of language resources is analyzed from linguistic and other angles. Different fields of research are brought together to develop new models for comprehensive research on the Japanese language. Research results are published through print and electronic media for worldwide use.


Historical and International Research into Popular Culture
to Pursue New Images of Japan

International Research Center for Japanese Studies (Nichibunken)


This project works on understanding the diversity among Japanese culture and the foundations that build them through historical and international studies of Japanese popular culture. It endeavors to contribute to the creation of new images of Japan and its culture, and to re-examine Japanese culture as a whole.

A mixed media audio-visual archive is being built by collecting and digitizing a wide range of materials related to Japanese popular culture. In addition, the fruits of the research will be provided as research resources and educational materials, for use by universities and institutions in Japan and overseas.


Transformation Towards Sustainable Futures in Complex Human-Nature Systems in Asia
Research Institute for Humanity and Nature (RIHN)


This project consists of three practical research programs that propose models of future societies based on the complex human-nature histories of Asia. The Asian continent consists of diverse natural environments, cultures, values and perspectives; it is also a hot spot area of global environmental issues and economic change.

The three programs are: 1) Societal Transformation under Environmental Change; 2) Fair Use and Management of Diverse Resources; 3) Designing Lifeworlds for Sustainability and Wellbeing.


Info-Forum Museum for Cultural Resources of the World
National Museum of Ethnology (Minpaku)


This project is carried out in collaboration with researchers from universities, museums and research institutions in Japan and overseas to analyze ethnological materials collected by Minpaku. The results are provided multilingually, made available worldwide, and collected in a database with forum capabilities. The database will allow participants around the world to exchange ideas about the cultural resources. Relevant materials from North America, Taiwan and Ryukyu, and the Ainu are included into the database.