About GJS-ERI

Director’s Message

TANAKA Toshihiro Executive Vice President, Osaka University
TANAKA Toshihiro
Executive Vice President, Osaka University

Across all branches of the humanities and social sciences, Osaka University is home to a particularly eminent assortment of researchers engaged in the study of “Japan”. Osaka University’s Center for Japanese Language and Culture is at the heart of the national education of exchange students, and April 2022 marked the pivotal establishment of the Division of Japanese Studies in the new Graduate School of Humanities.

The Global Japanese Studies Education and Research Incubator (グローバル日本学教育研究拠点, GJS-ERI) is designed to take advantage of these rich institutional resources in ways that cut across organizational boundaries. In terms of research, GJS-ERI aims to serve as a new interdisciplinary and international platform for the study of “Japan”, and in terms of education, GJS-ERI strives to provide students from all fields with the knowledge necessary for the practical application of research results for the good of society.

We warmly invite you to participate in our events and initiatives.

What Is GJS-ERI?

The Global Japanese Studies Education and Research Incubator (GJS-ERI), established at Osaka University on December 1, 2020, aims to generate new advances in research and education on Japan by integrating the benefits of work done in both the humanities and social science disciplines, actively adopting data-driven approaches to make the most of the rich assortment of materials accessible at the university.

In terms of research, GJS-ERI serves as an international and interdisciplinary platform for the exchange of advanced academic dialogue relating to the study of Japan. The research efforts of the Incubator are geared towards creating an environment conducive to the development of Global Japanese Studies and to the effective dissemination of research results from Japan to the global academic community.

Further, GJS-ERI endeavors to translate its research results into valuable interdisciplinary and society-oriented educational programs. For students in all fields, including the natural sciences, a broad understanding of culture and society is useful when considering the practical applications of research results. Therefore, the Incubator aims to create educational programs that incorporate the study of Japan as part of an essential foundation for the training of global talent.

The Global Japanese Studies Education and Research Incubator is designed to build upon the individual strengths of Osaka University graduate schools specializing in the humanities and social sciences through bringing scholars together across organizational boundaries. By combining a wide variety of institutional resources focused on the study of “Japan”, GJS-ERI aims both to create a new international and interdisciplinary platform for Japanese Studies research and education and to nurture the development of global talent capable of applying Japanese Studies knowledge effectively.

Major Activities

  • Annual international research symposium
  • Annual Graduate Conference in Japanese Studies
  • Monthly Global Japanese Studies Research Workshop
  • Selection and implementation of Incubator-Supported Projects
  • Graduate Programs for Advanced Interdisciplinary Studies
    - Global Japanese Studies
    - Theory and Practice of Minority Education in Japan
    - Digital Humanities
  • Management of global network relationships

Organizational Structure

Organizational Structure
The administration of the Global Japanese Studies Education and Research Incubator is overseen by the GJS-ERI Managing Committee, which consists of the deans of Osaka University graduate schools that concentrate on humanities and social science fields. Day-to-day operations are organized by the GJS-ERI Steering Committee. The Steering Committee is divided into four divisions: an Incubator Research Division that focuses on the development of international and interdisciplinary research projects, a Human Resources Development Division that organizes cross-disciplinary and collaborative education programs, a Network Administration Division that coordinates activities between organizations inside and outside the university and engages in publicity, and a Digital Japanese Studies Division involved in leading the integration of Japanese Studies and the digital humanities. The essential activities of these divisions are implemented by jointly appointed faculty drawn from the various graduate schools of humanities and social sciences at Osaka University.

Core Faculty

Director
田中 敏宏
TANAKA Toshihiro
Executive Vice President, Osaka University
Incubator Research Division
宇野田 尚哉
UNODA Shoya
Associate Director (Head of Incubator Research Division, Steering Committee Member);
Professor, Graduate School of Humanities
高橋 慶吉
TAKAHASHI Keikichi
Steering Committee Member; Professor,
Graduate School of Law and Politics
鴋澤 歩
BANZAWA Ayumu
Steering Committee Member; Professor,
Graduate School of Economics
南 和志
MINAMI Kazushi
Steering Committee Member; Associate Professor,
Graduate school of International Public Policy
宮原 暁
MIYAHARA Gyo
Professor,
Graduate School of Humanities
山崎 吾郎
YAMAZAKI Goro
Professor,
Center for the Study of Co*Design
三好 恵真子
MIYOSHI Emako
Professor,
Graduate School of Human Sciences
渡邊 英理
WATANABE Eri
Steering Committee Member; Professor,
Graduate School of Humanities
安岡 健一
YASUOKA Kenichi
Associate Professor,
Graduate School of Humanities
ランブレクト ニコラス
LAMBRECHT, Nicholas
Assistant Professor,
Graduate School of Humanities
Human Resources Development Division
加藤 均
KATO Hitoshi
Associate Director (Head of Human Resources Development Division, Steering Committee Member);
Professor, Center for Japanese Language and Culture
野尻 英一
NOJIRI Eiichi
Steering Committee Member; Associate Professor,
Graduate School of Human Sciences
岩井 茂樹
IWAI Shigeki
Steering Committee Member; Professor,
Center for Japanese Language and Culture
岡部 美香
OKABE Mika
Professor,
Graduate School of Human Sciences
榎井 縁
ENOI Yukari
Specially Appointed Professor,
Graduate School of Human Sciences
永原 順子
NAGAHARA Junko
Associate Professor,
Graduate School of Humanities
櫻井 千穂
SAKURAI Chiho
Associate Professor,
Graduate School of Humanities
松村 薫子
MATSUMURA Kaoruko
Associate Professor,
Center for Japanese Language and Culture
松岡 里奈
MATSUOKA Rina
Specially Appointed Lecturer,
Center for Japanese Language and Culture
ブレニナ ユリア
BURENINA, Yulia
Specially Appointed Lecturer,
Global Japanese Studies Education and Research Incubator
Network Administration Division
加藤 均
KATO Hitoshi
Associate Director (Head of Network Administration Division, Steering Committee Member);
Professor, Center for Japanese Language and Culture
筒井 佐代
TSUTSUI Sayo
Steering Committee Member; Professor,
Graduate School of Humanities
岸本 恵実
KISHIMOTO Emi
Professor,
Graduate School of Humanities
藤平 愛美
FUJIHIRA Manami
Lecturer,
Center for Japanese Language and Culture
松浦 幸祐
MATSUURA Kosuke
Specially Appointed Assistant Professor,
Center for Japanese Language and Culture
Digital Japanese Studies Division
宇野田 尚哉
UNODA Shoya
Associate Director (Head of Digital Japanese Studies Division, Steering Committee Member);
Professor, Graduate School of Humanities
田畑 智司
TABATA Tomoji
Professor,
Graduate School of Humanities
吉賀 夏子
YOSHIGA Natsuko
Associate Professor,
Graduate School of Humanities
田儀 勇樹
TAGI Yuki
Specially Appointed Assistant Professor,
Global Japanese Studies Education and Research Incubator