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Introduction

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Research Group

 Japan Research Cluster
Convener:Dr. Shiuh-Feng Liu
Japanese studies are one of the research foci at the Center for Asia-Pacific Area Studies. The center began hosting an annual international conference on research related to Japan in 2006 and since then has published a volume of the conference papers each year. The research presented at these conferences and in the resulting edited volumes has been very important for the development of Japan studies in Taiwan. On January 20, 2010, the Research Center for Humanities and Social Sciences recognized the importance of this research by establishing a Japanese studies research program. It appointed Dr. Huang Tzu-chin as its first convener. On March 16, 2019, Dr. Shiuh-Feng Liu became the program’s convener, and in July 2020 the program was renamed the “Japan Research Cluster.”     
 
Research Themes
1)     Japan in the Context of East Asian History
2)     Politics and Economy in Postwar Japan
3)     Social Transformation in Postwar Japan
 
Participants
Dr. Che-Chia Chang (history), Dr. Pei-Feng Chen (history), Dr. Wei-Fen Chen (philosophy), Dr. Te-Lan Chu (history), Dr. Shu-Ming Chung (history), Dr. Hsin-Huang Michael Hsiao (sociology), Dr. Chih-Huei Huang (ethnology), Dr. Tzu-Chin Huang (history), Dr. Jung-Won Jin (history), Dr. Yuh-Huey Jou (psychology), Dr. Chao-Heng Liao(literature), Dr. Junko Uchida (archaeology), Dr. Horng-Luen Wang (sociology), Dr. Rwei-Ren Wu (history), and Dr. Ji-Lin Zhang (literature).
 
Scholarly Activities
1.     The research cluster has created a directory of its members and a platform that connects them. This allows each of the members to share information and news related to Japan with the center’s contact personnel, who then organize and distribute it to the other members. The center also welcomes the submission of scholarly research papers to its periodical, the Asia-Pacific Research Forum (published in June and December).
2.     On occasion, the research cluster invites members to present their ongoing research related to Japan. The cluster also invites researchers from outside Academia Sinica and other experts to give talks and participate in scholarly discussions.
3.     The research cluster hosts international research forums and publishes collected volumes on important topics in Japanese studies.   

 

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