Research Institutes

Institute of Comparative Law in Japan

The Institute of Comparative Law in Japan was founded in 1948, the first such institute in Japan. Since then, it has earned a great reputation for the leading research it has conducted in the field.

The Institute has been actively engaged in research, forming organizations comprising Institute staff as well as outstanding external researchers to undertake joint research projects that focus on a number of themes.

Research results are published in the quarterly journal Hikakuho Zasshi (Comparative Law Review; see Statistics) in the Institute's monographs, as well as in many other forums, such as research conferences.

The Institute is also actively involved in academic exchange with other universities and research facilities in and outside Japan. As well as pursuing exchange of papers and information, it also arranges international symposia and lectures by visiting foreign researchers.

Date of Founding  :  1948
Number of Researchers  :  105 staff researchers
19 visiting research fellows
273 contract researchers
Publications  :  Hikakuho Zasshi (Comparative Law Review),
Kenkyu Sosho (Research Monographs),
Honyaku Sosho (Translated Monographs),
Shiryo Sosho (Documentation Monographs)
Research Projects  :   41 research projects
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Institute of Accounting Research

The Institute of Accounting Research was founded in 1948, for research into such fields as the practice and theory of corporate accounting, tax matters, and corporate legislation and regulation.

Eventually, the Research and Documents Section broke away to become the Institute of Business Research. Today, the Institute of Accounting Research focuses primarily on lectures designed to educate and provide guidance to students seeking to become professionals or wish to obtain bookkeeping certification, business owners or managers, or heads of accounting divisions. Its nature, therefore, is slightly different than the University's other institutes.

Lectures are offered at the Tama and Ichigaya Campuses as well as Chuo University Surugadai Memorial Hall. At the Tama Campus, lectures on public accounting and bookkeeping are offered for students intending to become public accountants. At the Ichigaya Campus, the Institute also provides private research rooms for students preparing for CPA examinations. At Surugadai Memorial Hall, lectures are offered in various specialist areas of accounting, including Financial Accounting, Management Accounting, and Taxation Accounting. There are also facilities for research meetings (for members only; known as the A&B Forum). Lectures are offered in an open university format to students and people in the workforce.

Date of Founding  :  1948(as a voluntary organization)
Formally established in 1950 as a research institute affiliated with Chuo University Gakkohojin (educational foundation)
Publications  :  Keiri Kenkyu (Journal)
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Institute of Economic Research

Founded in 1964, the Institute of Economic Research was initiated as a research institute attached to the educational foundation of Chuo University, with the objective of promoting joint research and studies into the realities of the Japanese and world economies, conducting research under contract, and holding seminars and lectures for the public.

The research engaged in by the Institute is primarily joint research conducted by project teams. The projects are of two types: research groups and working groups. Findings from research activities are published every three years, in the former case, in Kenkyu Sosho (Research Monographs), and in the latter case, in Keizai Kenkyujo Nenpo (Annual of the Institute of Economic Research).

The research project teams actively publicize their work, frequently holding public seminars and research meetings.

The Facility's library has a collection with a great emphasis on U.S. and U.K. government publications on economic issues and OECD documents.

Date of Founding  :  1964
Number of Researchers  :  122 staff researchers
164 visiting research fellows
44 assistant researchers
Publications  :  Kenkyu Sosho (Research Monographs),
Keizai Kenkyujo Nenpo (Annual of the Institute of Economic Research),
Kenkyu Kaiho (Monograph Series),
Research Papers, Discussion Papers
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Institute of Social Sciences

The Institute of Social Sciences commenced operation in April 1979, to undertake interdisciplinary joint research primarily in the social sciences. The social sciences comprise many fields in the study of social phenomena, including politics, economics, law, and sociology. The approach at the Institute, however, is to engage researchers from all manner of fields in the joint exploration of a single research theme from their respective angles. The Forum on Scientific Research was set up to promote such joint research efforts. It maintains an ongoing program of activities.

The Institute is also active in international research. In April 1996, it launched the International Network of European Studies to enable researchers in universities and institutes in Europe and Japan to engage in academic and research exchange, and to facilitate the free organization of research projects. In 1999, an agreement for cooperation on research activities was concluded between the Institute and universities in Italy and Belgium.

A feature of the Institute's library is its collection of newspapers and newsletters from political parties, labor organizations, and agricultural bodies. The collection includes documents and statistical reports from local governments, documents on labor, documents relating to the Tama region, basic statistical reports from other nations, and foreign-language magazines and back issues.

Date of Founding  :  1979
Number of Researchers  :  85 staff researchers
85 visiting research fellows
25 assistant researchers
Publications  :  Kenkyu Sosho (Research Series),
Kenkyu Hokoku (Research Reports),
Kenkyu Nenpo (Annual Bulletin of the Institute of Social Sciences),
Chosa Kenkyu Shiryoshu (Research Reports of the Institute of Social Sciences),
ISSCU Occasional Papers
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Institute of Business Research

The Institute of Business Research was founded in 1979 with the aim of conducting theoretical and empirical research of companies and businesses.

Joint teams made up of researchers with specialities in such fields as business administration, accounting, commerce, finance, and economics, work together with visiting fellows and assistant researchers to conduct research activities. The research findings of the research team are made public through such publications as Kenkyu Sosho (Research Series) or the periodical Kigyo Kenkyu (Corporate Research Reports). And the many public lectures and research meetings where these findings are presented are attended by a large number of people.

The Institute has an active program of international exchange, including international collaborative research, accepting foreign researchers, and exchanging papers with overseas research facilities.researchers.

Date of Founding  :  1979
Number of Researchers  :  86 staff researchers
46 visiting research fellows
37 assistant researchers
Publications  :  Kenkyu Sosho (Research Series),
Honyaku Sosho (Translation Series),
Kigyo Kenkyu (Corporate Research Reports),
Research Papers
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Institute of Cultural Sciences

 Chuo University’s Institute of Cultural Sciences was founded on 13 November 1978 for the purpose of advancing our understanding of culture and cultural issues through collaborative research. What makes the Institute unique is that its members can participate in research beyond their individual areas of expertise by collaborating with other members coming from diverse disciplines across a broad range of areas. The Institute provides support for its members to conduct research on their theme for Research Project team or Large Research Collaboration Project team. Teams are made up of a combination of full-time Chuo University faculty members, visiting researchers from other universities, and doctoral students who may join as associate researchers.

 1.    To conduct collaborative research relating to cultural sciences.
 2.    To acquire and archive research materials.
 3.    To publish research results.
 4.    To hold workshops and lectures.
 5.    To provide necessary practical support for achieving the above aims.

・Message from the Director
Director Yoshimi Akiyama
Professor, Faculty of Law
That team-based collaborative research should form the basis of our work――this is the first and foremost principle of our Institute. Each team freely and independently sets up its research project, develops and publishes its results, and paves the way for a renewed or completely different team to be formed. Through this “metabolic” process of regeneration, the Institute is constantly moving forward as a fresh organization that nonetheless retains continuity. The flexible and diversified generative framework has enabled the Institute to act as fertile ground for developing cross-disciplinary and collaborative knowledge among individuals with varied interests and diverse areas of expertise. The resulting research activities have made diverse and invaluable contributions to the world, not only in the form of public workshops and annual journals, but also through the special publication of collections of research articles and translations. As the director of the Institute, I look to the University to continue to develop its support for us and to provide the best environment for pursuing research, and I firmly believe that our members’ research will continue to flourish and become ever more dynamic.

・Contact Information
    Administration Office, Institute of Cultural Sciences 
    Building No.2, Tama Campus 
    742-1 Higashinakano, Hachioji-shi, Tokyo 192-0393, Japan
    Tel: +81-42-674-3270
  Tama Campus Map

Institute of Health and Sports Science

The Institute of Health and Sports Science was founded to conduct joint research and thus contribute to the advancement of learning in the fields of Health and Sports Science. It is currently active in 12 fields of research, including student mental health, student fitness, effects of physical education, athletic fitness, outdoor sports, swimming coaching, the health of the middle-aged and elderly, life-long sports, classical martial arts, conditioning, ski-sports culture, exercise physiology, and high-altitude training.
Date of Founding  :  1978
Number of Researchers  :  23 staff researchers
49visiting research fellows
1 assistant researchers
Publications  :  Kiyo (Journal of the Institute of Health and Sports Science)
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Institute of Science and Engineering

Since its founding in 1992, the main focus of the Institute of Science and Engineering has been joint and project research. The Institute strives to ensure that in the process of furthering synergetic, interdisciplinary research, however, it remains a center both for improving science and technology and pursuing advances in leading-edge science and technology.
The Institute actively promotes joint research with corporations and transfer of technologies. Through close cooperation and coordination of various internal bodies, such as the Research and Development Initiatives, the Institute aims to build Chuo University's own original cycle for creating intellectual property (creating, protecting, and utilizing intellectual property, and nurturing human resources).
Date of Founding  :  1992
Number of Researchers
(as of May,2016)
 :  176 staff researchers
43visiting research fellows
77assistant researchers
Publications  :  Ronbunsyu (Journal of the Institute of Science and Engineering),
Nenpo (Annual Report of the Institute of Science and Engineering)
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Institute of Policy and Cultural Studies

The Institute of Policy and Cultural Studies was founded to develop comprehensive and multi-angled research methodologies for studies in policy and culture, with a view to contributing to the achievement by the international community of harmony between the peoples of the world.

The Institute engages in joint research and studies, as well as convening research meetings, lectures and symposia in matters of policy and culture as they impact on all aspects of human activity, from daily life to the broad global arena. The central projects are The Place of Japan in the 21st Century, and Images of Japan in the Textbooks of the World. People from both the University and other arenas are welcome to participate in its research meetings, lectures, and symposia.

Date of Founding  :  1996
Number of Researchers  :  71 staff researchers
14visiting research fellows
19assistant researchers
Publications  :  Nenpo (Annual Bulletin of the Institute of Policy and Cultural Studies)
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