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Department of Policy Studies

Regional Policy Domain

The Department of Regional Policy studies regional planning, economic and legal policies, regional development and social welfare for solutions to regional problems. It analyses regional economies and new industries in response to the internationalization of regional economies and corporate globalization as a consequence of the expansion of the internet and innovations in information technology. The department conducts research on municipalities, urban planning, transportation policy, environmental protection, social welfare issues, educational and cultural revitalization plans, regional industry, social infrastructure and legal systems. It aims to contribute to the creation of enduring and comprehensive regional policies that promote deeper civic participation, democracy and sustainable development through freedom of information and transparency in public policy.

Enviromental Studies Domain

The Department of Regional Environment adopts a scientific approach toward research and education aimed at the improvement of the quality of life. Courses of instruction include mathematics, physics, chemistry, biology, and information science, as well as courses that provide an understanding of the environment from the perspectives of the humanities and social sciences. Our goal is to produce students who can conduct scientific research and understand environmental problems from the perspective of the natural sciences and who can anticipate and offer solutions to environmental problems. Members of the department study the structure and mechanics of natural systems, energy, the atmospheric and chemical reaction mechanisms of environmental systems, the relationship between environment systems and disease, environmental psychology, and the interaction between the structure and dynamics of the environment and human activity. Our aim is to use the results of our research to create a space where all living creatures can co-exist.

Department of Cultural Studies

Cultural Studies Domain

Each individual maintains his/her own life, cultivating and establishing a unique sense of identity, with each particular life often encompassing family and community. This process is influenced by domestic and global cultures. The Department of Cultural Studies explores the well-being of individuals and communities. In doing so, it adopts a broad cultural perspective and attempts to explicate issues pertaining to the lives of individuals and their communities. In order to achieve this goal, the department tries to deepen and broaden understandings of human thought, artistic representations, and languages through the active cross-disciplinary collaboration of studies in philosophy, literature, and linguistics. In particular, the philosophical studies deal with ethics, values and norms that underlie the individuals existence and life within society and culture, together with considerations of the philosophical underpinnings of science and reflection upon the historical development of ideas. Literary studies attempts to elucidate the significance of artistic and cultural representations through which aspects of human life and dynamics of ideologies in society and culture are surveyed within a historical or cross-cultural context. Linguistic studies considers the impact of language on our daily lives, the role of communication by and through language, as well as linguistic and communicative development of individuals.

Regional Structure Domain

With the increasing progress of globalization, the Division of Regional Structure tackles such issues as: 1) the quest for new, highly effective methodologies for the analysis of regional structure, 2) the empirical analysis of the particular and universal principles of both domestic and overseas regions and the analysis of process of their formation, and 3) the analysis of relationships between and among regions. The Division of Regional Structure is composed of the humanities, social sciences and natural science and aims to achieve its goals through the synthesis of disciplinary approaches. Presently the division includes the following fields. A) Sociology: studies, in particular, methodologies for the structural analysis of regional societies from the viewpoint of the sociology of labor and social welfare. B) Social welfare: explores the problems of social security, community development, and social conditions supporting a life of residents. C) History: studies the ideas and methodologies necessary for an historical analysis of regional society and the modern world. D) Education and Psychology: studies issues involving human development, the life-cycle, disabilities, and communication. E) Cultural Anthropology: studies cross cultural understanding. F) Ecological Anthropology: studies the relationship between human beings and. their environment. G) Media Studies examines the current state and role of the media in regional society and contributes to the analysis of regional welfare.