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.