Joint Research for 2014

The Center for Asian Studies established an integrated academic research project, entitled Comprehensive Study regarding Asian Water. With five other joint research projects, these research groups work on studying various issues of Asian regions.

(1) Comprehensive Studies of Water in Asia

Principal Researcher
Akira Goto
Purpose of research
To analyze water issues in Asia from diversified perspectives such as resource management, environmental ecology, social development, industries, international conflicts, and cultural aspect.

(2) Northeast Asian Order: Visions and Prospects

Principal Researcher
Ryo Sahashi
Purpose of research
To explore major players' visions on regional institutions and international arrangements, mainly from security perspectives.

(3) Democratization and economic development in Southeast Asia and West Asia

Principal Researcher
Hiroshi Yamamoto
Purpose of research
Democratization movements from Southeast Asia to the Middle East along with various aspects brought about by the global economy areanalyzed. Democratization's progress and economic development are approached based on the viewpoint of the area studies.

(4) A linguistic study on the Mien language of Lanshan county, Hunan province, China

Principal Researcher
Ritsuko Hirota
Purpose of research
To create a list of basic 2000-5000 words with illustrating sentences, while analyzing the basic structure of the Mien language.

(5) Tradition and Transformation of Modern East Asia

Principal Researcher
Hiroshi Murai
Purpose of research
To consider how traditions and modern history have formed mosaique patterns to define our society and culture nowadays.

(6) The Problematic Urban Districts and the New Urban Solution in East Asian Big Cities

Principal Researcher
Kyoko Yamaga
Purpose of research
This research aims to comparatively clarify the subjects of problematic districts in four international cities, and to construct new urban solutions oriented to a new ecological society.