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About the Institute

Mission & Historical Overview

Mission

The Institute for Research in Contemporary Political and Economic Affairs was established to conduct “research in Japanese contemporary political and economic affairs as well as other related fundamental political and economic fields.” This was later broadened to include “research in contemporary Japanese mass communications.” Today, researchers at the Institute focus on various issues concerning politics, economics, journalism, and mass media, analyzing these matters in depth. Their fundamental mission is to make policy proposals that benefit people across the broad spectrum of society.

The Institute is both a research center for the Faculty of Political Science and Economics and a core political science, economics, and journalism research facility for Waseda University as a whole.

Historical Overview

1966 Preparatory Committee for Establishment of the Institute for Research in Political and Economic Affairs established.
1971 Preparatory Committee for Establishment of the Institute for Research in Political and Economic Affairs re-established.
1976 Contemporary Political and Economic Affairs Research Center established within the School of Political Science and Economics.
1978 Institute for Research in Contemporary Political and Economic Affairs launched.
1980 First EDC Seminar held under the auspices of the EDC (European Document Centre), archives of the EC (European Community). Assorted EU-related seminars and symposia held every year thereafter.
1985 Institute for Research in Contemporary Political and Economic Affairs Research Series Vol.1, “国と地方” published. Publication of Research Notes of the Institute for Research in Contemporary Political and Economic Affairs begins.
1992 Publication of Working Papers of the Institute for Research in Contemporary Political and Economic Affairs begins.
1993 International symposium “貿易摩擦の政治経済学 (The Political Economy of Trade Conflicts)” held.
1996 宇垣一成関係文書 (Ugaki Kazushige-related papers) published.
1996 Institute for Research in Contemporary Political and Economic Affairs Studies Vol.1 (Current Issues in Economic Efficiency) published.
1997 八田嘉明文書目録 (Hatta Yoshiaki catalog of papers) published.
2000 大山郁夫関係資料目録 (Catalog of Oyama Ikuo-related papers) published.
2003 Institute for Research in Contemporary Political and Economic Affairs 25th Anniversary Symposium held jointly with a Delegation from the EU.
2004 Faculty of Political Science and Economics launched. Institute for Research in Contemporary Political and Economic Affairs becomes a Faculty-affiliated institute.
2006 European Document Centre (EDC) renamed as European Info (EUi).
2008 Institute for Research in Contemporary Political and Economic Affairs 30th Anniversary Symposium held.
2009 “エコトピア指標開発 (EcoTopia Indicator Development)” research partnership agreement concluded with Nagoya University’s EcoTopia Science Institute
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