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About the Japan Consortium for Area Studies (JCAS)

The Japan Consortium for Area Studies (JCAS) is a new form of organizational collaboration, consisting of research and educational institutes and learned societies engaged in studies on various global regions, as well as private-sector organizations closely related to area studies. The consortium was founded in April 2004, integrating numerous organizations and groups of researchers dedicated to area studies independently operated within universities and research institutes. In line with the original purpose to promote information exchanges and joint research activities across organizational borders, it has continued its efforts and now developed into an academic community, including 89 organizations as of April, 2010.

Despite the recent difficult financial situation surrounding academic research and higher education, the significance of area studies is ever growing as an advanced field of Humanities and Social Science as well as an interdisciplinary research field fusing humanity studies and science. In particular, the intellectual bases formed around various regional studies provide indispensable guideposts to creating symbiosis among global societies, which is an inevitable reality of the 21st century.

Area studies are based on vast collaboration among specialists in diverse regions and research fields, and are also extensively linked to various regional development and assistance activities. Such large-scale collaboration and joint efforts would not be possible for any organization operating single-handed, and the foundation of JCAS is driven by the intrinsic nature of this special field.

Through mutual and bilateral linkage across organizational borders, JCAS strives to engage not only in research activities but also the nurturing of future generations and social collaboration. The synergistic exploitation of insights and resources accumulated by individual member organizations spawns the formation of refined, new insights and enhanced vitality, which are then made available again to the membership.

April, 2010

President, Japan Consortium for Area Studies