As of September 2016, we have had some changes at the directorship level. Professors Nobuhito Goda and Kazuhisa Takemura have become Assistant Directors. Introductory remarks from each are presented below.
Nobuhito Goda (Professor, Faculty of Science and Engineering)
As it enters the 10th year since its establishment, the Waseda Institute for Advanced Study is strongly expected to advance toward the next new stage of development while continuing to produce notable achievements. To that end, we undertake a new initiative from FY 2017 to extend the employment period of outstanding young researchers in the field of natural science, by which challenging researches with unlimited ideas will be further expanded in our institute. We also build a new framework that allows all members of the Institute to work collaboratively with researchers from within and outside Waseda University. Through such measures, we hope to contribute to establish a novel research hub that welcomes and develops excellent researchers, and launches them out into the world.
Kazuhisa Takemura (Professor, Faculty of Letters, Arts and Sciences)
Ten years have passed since the establishment of the Waseda Institute for Advanced Study, and it has brought together many outstanding researchers form the fields of science and engineering, social science, and humanities. In light of the ways in which research work is evaluated and research grants are allocated today, the Institute is expected not only to produce individuals with excellent research achievements, but also to give full consideration to resolving social issues and creating new academic knowledge through organic collaboration between various fields, the latter of which encompasses the creation of a unified product through the mutual influence and tight cooperation between the respective individual parts. From this perspective, I hope that we can succeed in creating a space that allows members of the Institute as well as researchers from Japan and abroad to interact with one another.
Waseda Institute for Advanced Study Celebrates 10th Year Anniversary
Waseda Institute for Advanced Study (WIAS) was established in 2006 as a part of the Waseda University 125th Anniversary Commemorative Project; this year marks its 10th year anniversary. To celebrate this milestone, a “10th Year Anniversary Event” was held on Friday November 11, 2016 at the Ono Auditorium. This successful event was attended by about 50 people consisting of mainly current WIAS researchers and Waseda faculty members, as well as former WIAS researchers.
The keynote speech was delivered by Doochul Kim, President of the Institute for Basic Science (IBS). Dr. Kim outlined Korea’s policy on basic research and discussed the current situation of young researchers there and the issues they are facing. Korea has the highest ratio of investment in research and development (R&D) as a percentage of GDP (GERD/GDP) among advanced nations, indicating the country’s focus on R&D. In his speech, Dr. Kim explained Korea’s aim to transition from a fast-follower to a first-mover R&D system, and how the country is shifting its focus to basic and creative research that promotes creating knowledge and cultivating talent. He also provided details on and issues relating to the Basic Research Program of Korea’s National Research Foundation (NRF) and various other programs to assist young researchers, as well as introducing some initiatives to drive forward basic research, which the IBS is implementing in its capacity as a global research hub.
The keynote speech was followed by three speakers by former WIAS researchers Yuka Kobayashi (Principal Researcher, National Institute for Materials Science), Zhenjie Zhou (Professor, College for Criminal Law Science, Beijing Normal University), and Akihiro Tanaka, Associate Professor, Department of Psychology, Tokyo Woman’s Christian University). In the genial atmosphere of former and current WIAS researchers assembled together, the speakers talked about their personal experiences at WIAS and outlined their current research, as well as imparting a message to young researchers. The reception party held after the event was an enjoyable and valuable opportunity to get to know each other for former WIAS researchers, who had gathered here from throughout Japan, and current WIAS researchers and staff.
In the past decade, WIAS has played a role in strengthening the research capabilities of Waseda University by developing young researchers and opening up cutting-edge research fields, as well as actively promoting exchanges with foreign researchers.
WIAS currently has over 30 researchers who are fully applying their flexible ideas and skills to conduct advanced research in natural sciences, humanities, social sciences and interdisciplinary fields. Since its establishment, WIAS has produced around 100 researchers who, after completing their term at WIAS, have found employment at research institutes around Japan and overseas, and are now expanding their potential in their respective fields.
WIAS is committed to employing outstanding researchers from Japan and abroad, as well as developing upcoming young researchers. As a university-wide platform of international collaborative studies and interdisciplinary research realized through active exchanges with foreign researchers, WIAS will continue to play a role in enhancing the education and research initiatives of Waseda University.
This year WIAS issued the booklet, “Waseda Institute for Advanced Study, Researchers 2006-2016”, containing information on current researchers and the latest activities of former WIAS researchers. Please contact us if you would like to get one. We hope this initiative to commemorate the 10th year anniversary will be a source of new connections and opportunities for all members of the WIAS network.
JSPS Core-to-Core Program Workshop “Understanding institutional change in Asia: A comparative perspective with Europe” held September 15-17, 2016
The Program brings together four joint research centers of University of Oxford (Oxford), Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Science Sociales (EHESS), The University of British Columbia (UBC), and Waseda University, with the aim of strengthening this research network and making remarkable strides in the experimental analysis of economic systems relating to corporate governance. This will be realized by developing analysis methods, adopting a multifaceted international approach, promoting the joint use of basic data, and carrying out collaborative research. Specific research themes for the Program have been set on corporate governance arrangements, corporate policies, performance, and the interaction of laws and political systems. At this workshop, members participating in the exchange between the four joint research centers presented their research reports on the following five main themes relating to the issues being studied among the centers: 1) Institutional Change and Evolving Corporate Diversity, 2) Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Institutions, 3) Corporate Governance, CSR and Performance, 4) Corporate Governance and Finance, 5) Corporate Governance and Labor.
The reports stimulated a lively question and answer session among the members, and provided many new findings to facilitate building a database from hereon, particularly on: how ownership structures, corporate governance systems and corporate policies are related; long-term trends in corporate performance; corporate governance and its connection with CSR, and comparative analyses of governance systems around the world. This workshop proved to be a valuable opportunity for members to exchange opinions and findings that will drive forward future studies in these areas.
Additionally, on the first day of the workshop, an Early Career Workshop was held as a forum for eight young researchers from the four joint research centers to report on their research. It was an excellent chance for them to receive many comments on their activities and tips to improve their papers, as well as being a valuable opportunity to make connections for possible future joint studies.
WIAS Top Runners’ Lecture Collection
Date: Saturday, February 25, 2017
Hours: 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Building 11, 9th floor, Room 902
“Architecture, Media and Totalitarianism: A Comparative Study of the Relationship between Architecture and Media under Totalitarian Regimes in Germany, Italy and the Soviet Union”
Speakers: Hideki Sabae (Kansai University), Daisuke Tano (Konan University), Akiko Honda (WIAS, Waseda University)
Moderator; Akiko Honda
Under totalitarian regimes, architecture frequently functioned as one of the most influential propaganda devices to represent the authority of leaders, the grandeur of a particular party, or an ideal society. During the interwar period large scale construction projects, including capital reconstruction, were launched in Germany, Italy and the Soviet Union. These projects gained public recognition via the media, even the ones that were not realized.
In this seminar researchers in the fields of architectural history and media studies are going to discuss the relationships between architecture and media under the totalitarian regimes.
WIAS invites distinguished, internationally active researchers from overseas. Through scholarly exchanges, seminars, and other activities jointly undertaken with Waseda researchers, WIAS contributes to the invigoration of the university’s research activities.
- October 2, 2016-October 30, 2016:
Oliver ZIMMER: Professor, University of Oxford（United Kingdom）
- November 14, 2016-December 13, 2016:
John Pao-En TANG: Senior Lecturer, Australian National University（Australia）
- March 21, 2017-April 20, 2017:
Antonella CECCAGNO: Professor, University of Bologna （Italy）
- March 27, 2017-April 26, 2017:
Guillermo Luis WILDE: Associate Professor, National University of San Martin （Argentine Republic）