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Our research focuses on modern Japan in a global context. We decide our research agenda independently, with the support of our Academic Advisory Council. Our portfolio of research projects reflects the disciplinary background and interests of our senior researchers and changes together with the composition of our team.
Our research programme Risks and Opportunities – Japan's Challenges in the Face of an Increasingly Uncertain Future is implemented through four institute-wide research clusters studying Sustainability and Resilience, the Digital Transformation in Japan, Japan in Transregional Perspective, and Methods and Methodologies. Special projects on the Tokyo Olympics and on the impact of COVID-19 as well as various individual projects conducted outside of the research cluster complement the programme.
The DIJ collaborates in many research projects with research institutes and scholars throughout the world, including a long-term research cooperation project on 'Asian Infrastructures' with the National Universty of Singapore.