Kanagawa University has established several high-level, specialized research institutes in order to advance research that contributes to further progress and security in society. The products of research at these institutes are actively applied in the university's educational programs.

Outline of Research Institutes

The research functions of our graduate schools are supported by institutes operating in each academic discipline. Researchers pursue their own unique projects across a diverse range of themes, as well as engaging actively in joint research cutting across different fields of expertise. Findings are presented each year in institute bulletins, annuals, and serial publications. Exchange with research institutes in other parts of the world is also pursued vigorously.

Research Institutes

Joint Usage/Research Center

On April 1, 2014, the Institute for the Study of Japanese Folk Culture was accredited by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology as a “Joint Usage/Research Center” pursuant to the Ordinance for Enforcement of the School Education Act. Name of Joint Usage/Research Center: International Center for Folk Culture Studies.

Institute for Legal Studies

Incorporating the Local Government Center and the International Human Rights Center engaged in information sharing between researchers and practitioners as well as in practical activities, this institute pursues joint research on a wide range of issues from the local to the international in the legal and political science fields. It also publishes Annual Report and Legal Studies Series.

Institute of Economics and Foreign Trade

This is the oldest of Kanagawa University’s research institutes, established to conduct research in the areas of economics and foreign trade as well as management and accounting. The institute publishes an annual report, The Studies in Economics and Trade, and the Studies in Economics and Trade Journal.

Institute of International Business and Management

This institute seeks to contribute to research and education on international management through collaboration with such entities as companies, local governments, universities, and local communities. Field surveys from the perspective of regional management are also conducted. Information on the institute’s activities including seminars, lectures, and research projects are published mainly in the International Business and Management Forum bulletin and project reports.

Institute for Humanities Research

With a mainstay of collaborative research on humanities and sociologies themes, this institute’s activities include the hosting of conferences, lectures, and international symposia, and other forms of scholarly exchange with research institutes both domestically and internationally. The institute also publishes the Studies in the Humanities Series and the Bulletin of the Institute for Humanities Research.

Center for Language Studies

The Center for Language Studies promotes theoretical and applied research in linguistics and language education through both joint and individual research. It publishes findings in the periodical Kanagawa University Studies in Language, and the Kanagawa University Studies in Linguistics Series. It also manages and operates facilities including the CALL classrooms, the audiovisual studio, and the Teaching Materials Development Room. It works to improve the functionality and software environment in CALL classrooms, and advances cutting-edge audiovisual education practices making use of multimedia equipment. In the audiovisual language training room attached to the center, students can use audiovisual materials in individual study booths.

Center for Clinical Psychology

The aim of the Center for Clinical Psychology is to provide education, carry out research, and offer clinical counseling to community residents. In addition to conducting education and research as well as providing guidance and advising in clinical psychology, the center is involved in practicum and seminar activities in clinical psychology courses for undergraduate and graduate students.

Research Institute for Integrated Science

Taking an integrated approach to the four fields of mathematical and physical sciences, information science, materials and energy sciences, and biological sciences, the Research Institute for Integrated Science aims to develop a systematic conception of “knowledge information.” It conducts joint research, seminars, symposia, and other activities addressing issues across the entire spectrum of general science and technology.

Research Institute for Engineering

This institute’s aim is to conduct broad-based interdisciplinary research across different areas in the field of engineering and other academic disciplines. Its wide-ranging research activities include joint research and interaction with industry and government on topics involving projected development of new technologies.

Institute for the Study of Japanese Folk Culture

Members of the Institute for the Study of Japanese Folk Culture promote interdisciplinary and international joint research into local history, folk culture and traditional implements by researchers affiliated with the Institute and external researchers.

Research Center for Nonwritten Cultural Materials

The Research Center for Nonwritten Cultural Materials was launched in April 2008 to take over and build on the results attained by the 21st Century COE Program titled "Systematization of Nonwritten Cultural Materials for the Study of Human Societies." We have organized nine projects and promoted joint research centered on "illustrated materials," "physical techniques," and "environment and scenery" which were the three main pillars of the 21st Century COE Program, and also new nonwritten cultural phenomena as an additional subject.

International Center for Folk Culture Studies

Members of the Institute for the Study of Japanese Folk Culture promote interdisciplinary and international joint research into local history, folk culture and traditional articles by researchers affiliated with the Institute and external researchers.

Center for Asian Studies

Opened in April 2013, this center is engaged in cross-faculty and multidisciplinary research activities in Asian studies. It brings together information on the Asian studies previously pursued independently in our university and disseminates this information both in Japan and abroad. The center also seeks to contribute to the development of Asian studies through integrated research on politics, economics, society, culture, science and technology, and to play a part in the development of the Asian region and ultimately the advancement of peace and prosperity worldwide.