Customary exhibitions centered on Japanese literary works preserved in our institute form the core of our displays, and we also focus on exhibitions that present our projects and research. By doing so we have greatly reduced the period of time that our exhibition rooms need to be closed due to the changing of special exhibitions, which are held several times a year, aiming to efficiently utilize the exhibit rooms and reduce costs.
This is the third year, including preparation time, of our 10-year large-scale “Project to Build an International Collaborative Research Network for Pre-modern Japanese Texts”.
This project, established according to the Science Council of Japan’s recommendation “the Plan to Create a Database of Historical Japanese Texts”, was certified as the first “Large-Scale Academic Frontier Promotion Project” in humanities and social sciences in FY 2014. It began in earnest in April last year, with the understanding and support of the Council for Science and Technology-Research Environment and Infrastructure Group and the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT).
Within the Institute, this project is well positioned to help us make further progress through the creation of a comprehensive database of classical Japanese texts, in addition to our survey and acquisition work that has continued since our establishment. However, in contrast to our regular survey and acquisition work, which focuses on Japanese literary books, this project covers pre-modern Japanese texts in all fields of study. Hence, in order to facilitate the project, we have established a working group in collaboration with specialists in the fields of medical history and Japanese mathematics, and also intend to request the participation of specialists from dissimilar fields of study.
For the creation of the large-scale database we sought the counsel of Setsuo Arikawa, former president of Kyushu University and an authoritative figure in informatics, and will also seek cooperation from the National Institute of Informatics, within the Research Organization of Information and Systems.
We began our preparatory research for this project centered on the mechanism of academic exchange agreements. However, “gone are the days where we can choose to study Japanese history or literature because we do not want to learn a foreign language” (Chizuko Ueno, Kokkyo Okamainashi (Without Regard to National Borders)). As the name “Project to Build an International Collaborative Research Network” suggests, this project aims to respond to such changes in the research environment, by promoting robust international cooperation and information dissemination.
We will advance this project as the pillar of our medium-term plan and a mid-term target for the Institution’s third stage, and fulfill our mission as an inter-university research institute.
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