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Institute of Social Sciences

Outline (History) of Institute of Social Sciences

The Institute of Social Sciences was inaugurated as an academic and comprehensive institute for social science in July 2002, integrating the Center for Research of Global Economy (established in 1961), the Research Institute of Business Management (established in 1975), the Institute of Social Relations (established in 1953), and the Toyo University Institute of Comparative Law (established in 1960). With their long history, all of those forerunners produced abundant research achievements. Presently, through studies on their individual fields and comprehensive studies, research activities are performed with the aim of contributing to the academic elucidation of various issues in modern society which is increasingly diversifying and complicated. Over 150 interdisciplinary members in total, including researchers, visiting researchers, grant-aided researchers, and post-graduate researchers, belong to the Institute of Social Science.

Activities and Features

The Institute of Social Sciences promotes unique and practical research investigations focusing on joint research projects, has exchange and cooperates with domestic and overseas research institutes and various organizations, plans and holds public symposiums, lecture meetings, and workshops, etc., publicizes research achievements through the annual report "The Journal of Contemporary Social Sciences" in addition to briefing sessions on study results, collects materials for investigations, etc., and conducts other projects. The Institute holds an environmental symposium every year regarding issues of "environment and coexistence" which the Institute has continued to work on since its foundation as one of the most advanced issues requiring implementation of all reasonable initiatives by modern society.

Research Achievements

The Institute publishes "The Journal of Contemporary Social Sciences", an annual report of the Institute (first launched in 2003), and "Working Paper" about three times a year for the purpose of supporting seminal studies. In the environmental symposium, outside intellectuals and experts in various fields take the rostrum and have a lot of discussion. In FY2011, the 10th symposium was held with the theme of "Ideal lifeline functions at a time of great disasters and related measures". Recently, research activities for the following two projects have conducted: "Experimental study on institutional and micro comparison of Japanese and European industrial technology, labor welfare and educational training policies"; and "Proper financial resource for welfare and 'principle of subsidiarity'".

Future Development (Goal)

The Institute plans investigations and studies with the open, academic and comprehensive approach that it tries to promote, as well as publication of their results. It also supports researchers to actively participate in new joint research projects. In this way, the Institute will make efforts for returning those achievements to society