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

Outline of Research Institutes

The research functions of Kanagawa University’s graduate schools are supported by institutes within each academic discipline. Researchers pursue their own unique projects across a diverse range of themes, and are particularly active in joint research that cuts across fields of expertise. Their findings are presented every year in institute bulletins, annuals, and serial publications. Active exchange with research institutes in other parts of the world is also a focus.

Research Institutes

Joint Usage/Research Center

On July 1, 2009, the Institute for the Study of Japanese Folk Culture was accredited by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology to establish a “Joint Usage/Research Center” under the Ordinance for Enforcement of the School Education Act, which was reaccredited on April 1, 2014. (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, and engaged in practical activities and sharing of information among researchers and practitioners, this institute pursues joint research on a wide range of local and international issues in the legal and political science fields. It also issues the publications “Annual Report” and “Legal Studies Series.”

Institute of Economics and Trade

This institute, as the first research institute established in Kanagawa University, conducts investigative research in the fields of economics, trade, management, marketing, distribution/logistics, and accounting, with the aim of contributing to the well-being of society (economic welfare). The institute also publishes an annual report, “Studies in Economics and Trade (Keizai Boeki Kenkyu)” and the “Series of Studies in Economics and Trade (Keizai Boeki Kenkyu Sosho)”

Institute of International Business and Management

This institute seeks to contribute to research and education regarding international management through collaboration with companies, local governments, universities, local communities, and other partners. It also conducts field surveys from the perspective of regional management. The institute releases information on its seminars, lectures, research projects, and other activities through project reports and publications including the journal “International Business and Management Forum.”

Institute for Humanities Research

Centering on collaborative research on humanities and sociology themes, this institute engages in scholarly exchange with research institutes both domestically and internationally, through activities that include the hosting of conferences, lectures, and international symposia. In the belief that research findings should be shared broadly with society, the institute issues publications including “Humanities Series” and “Bulletin of the Institute for Humanities Research.”

Center for Language Studies

The Center for Language Studies promotes theoretical and practical research in linguistics and language education through both joint and individual research, publishing findings in the bulletin “Kanagawa University Studies in Language” and “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. The center works to improve the functionality and software environment in CALL classrooms and to advance cutting-edge audiovisual education making use of multimedia equipment. In the audiovisual language training room attached to the center, students can use audiovisual materials to study in individual 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 residents of the local community. It engages in education, research, guidance, and advising in clinical psychology, and plays roles in practical work and exercises in clinical psychology-related subjects for undergraduate and graduate students.

Research Institute for Integrated Science

The Research Institute for Integrated Science takes an integrated approach to the four fields of mathematical and physical sciences, information sciences, materials and energy sciences, and biological sciences, working to systematize these as “knowledge information.” Toward that goal, it conducts joint research, seminars, symposia, and other activities that address issues across the entire spectrum of science and technology.

Research Institute for Engineering

The goal of this institute is to conduct broad-based interdisciplinary research and surveys across different domains in the fields of engineering and other academic disciplines. Its multi-faceted research activities include joint research and academiaindustry-government interaction on subjects involving promising new technologies.

Institute for the Study of Japanese Folk Culture

This institute was founded in 1921 by Keizo Shibusawa for the purpose of researching and surveying history, folklore, and folk implements throughout Japan. Subsequently incorporated into the university, it has continued to collect, preserve, and analyze folk cultural heritage

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.” The center operates nine projects and promotes joint research centering on the three cornerstones of the 21st Century COE Program research project—illustrated materials, physical techniques, and environment and scenery—while also broadening its focus to other new nonwritten cultural phenomena.

International Center for Folk Culture Studies

At this center, researchers of the Institute for the Study of Japanese Folk Culture (ISJFC)and from outside the university engage in interdisciplinary and international joint research into regional history, folk culture, and folk implements.

Center for Asian Studies

Opened in April 2013, this cross-faculty and interdisciplinary organization performs research in Asian studies. It brings together information on Asian studies previously pursued independently by individual institutes in the university and disseminates this information within Japan and abroad. Leveraging the strengths of the university to perform integrated research encompassing such fields as politics, economics, society, culture, science and technology, the center seeks to contribute to the development of Asian studies, to the Asian region itself, and, ultimately, to the advancement of peace and prosperity worldwide.