Research Laboratories

Research laboratories at Rikkyo University

sponsor research activities in a wide variety of fields to advance scholarship and knowledge and to foster creative learning for a new international and inter-connected age.

Center for Interdisciplinary Research Institutes

Institute for American Studies

The Institute for American Studies comprehensively studies the United States of America from an interdisciplinary approach that transcends the traditional barriers of academic disciplines. The Institute collects and makes available books and research materials, sponsors extension lectures and symposia for both the university and the general public, and publishes a scholarly journal.

Institute for Leadership Studies

The objective of the Institute for Leadership Studies is to research various issues in leadership, industry, society, and the economy through an interdisciplinary, social-science methodology that incorporates academic fields such as sociology, economics, management studies, psychology, and information sciences. The Institute sponsors workshop symposia pertaining to leadership in the form of an industry-academia collaborative research council, and engages in joint research projects and other such activities.

Centre for Asian Area Studies

The Centre for Asian Area Studies was established in 1998 as a regional research institute targeting Asia, Africa, and Oceania. Its origins are found in the Multidisciplinary Research Facility for Asian Area Studies which was founded in 1958. The Centre acts as a venue for research and educational exchanges between scholars at Rikkyo University and throughout Asia by promoting regional research projects, convening symposia and extension lectures, and publishing studies in Asian-related areas.

Japan Institute of Christian Education (JICE)

The Japan Institute of Christian Education (JICE) is designed to contribute to the development of Christian education through the study of theory and practice in this area. Those from outside the university join with full-time Rikkyo faculty to conduct fundamental and applied research in such fields as Christian theology, pedagogy, bioethics, and clinical psychology. Members also provide lectures and training courses as a means of contributing to society.

Institute for Latin American Studies

The Institute for Latin American Studies is designed to foster multidisciplinary research concerning Latin America. Its activities include offering extension courses, collecting books and other materials, issuing journals, holding open lectures with national and international researchers and intellectuals, and giving opportunities to students to hold a lecture in the student-seminar and write an article in the journal.

Institute of Social Welfare

Since its establishment in 1967, the Institute of Social Welfare has actively conducted research and promoted education aimed at developing a comprehensive viewpoint on social welfare. The Institute undertakes theoretical and empirical research as well as practical activities from an interdisciplinary and multi-faceted approach that incorporates fields of social welfare, sociology, psychology, jurisprudence, and economics. Furthermore, it also sponsors such events as extension lectures and seminars that consider challenges to contemporary society.

Institute of Tourism

The Institute of Tourism administers extension lectures and research in tourism-related fields. It also promotes research conducted by the faculty of the College of Tourism and helps facilitate international exchanges to further the study of tourism. The Institute's initiatives also include activities that, in cooperation with the College of Tourism, support tourism education at the National University of Laos and the National University of Hanoi.

St. Paul's Institute of English Language Education

With the goal of contributing to the development of English education in Japan by promoting ideas on creative educational modalities, the Institute of English Language Education engages primarily in the development of curriculum, teaching methodology, and educational materials useful for improving English education. Its members also conduct research on language education methodology, theories for second language acquisition, comparative linguistics and cultural studies, and cross-cultural studies. The results of these studies are publicized at extension lectures and other venues.

Rikkyo Institute of Church Music

The Rikkyo Institute of Church Music was established as part of the University's Christian educational and research activities with the goal of enhancing and developing church music in Japan. In addition to its research on and collection of materials related to church music, the Institute also provides opportunities for exchanges and training for people concerned with church music. It also sponsors music programs for the general public.

Rikkyo Economics Research Institute

The purpose of the Rikkyo Economics Research Institute is to contribute to the realization of sustainable economic growth by extensively researching various economic-related issues and disseminating the results to students and members of the local community. The Institute considers various issues in international economics and business, and sponsors activities that emphasize the study and research of business issues, particularly targeting local industry and small- and medium-sized enterprises.

Institute for Japanese Studies

The Institute for Japanese Studies is designed to utilize Rikkyo's unique characteristics as a university to expand research in all fields relating to Japanese studies, to facilitate Japanese studies both in Japan and overseas, and to facilitate academic exchange. Its numerous activities include conducting research; promoting exchanges with researchers both in Japan and abroad; organizing and managing materials and equipment; publishing research results; convening study groups, lectures, and courses; and providing research assistance to researchers and students outside the university.

Rikkyo Wellness Institute

Rikkyo Wellness Institute plans and administers joint research, and holds seminars, symposia, extension lectures, and other events related to the improvement of "wellness", a comprehensive concept of health designed to elicit the latent abilities while promoting the health of each individual.

Rikkyo Institute for Business Law Studies

The Rikkyo Institute for Business Law Studies promotes a variety of joint educational projects and programs with a central focus on business law. These are held in the Rikkyo environment, as well as in the community. For this purpose, the Institute assembles experts from fundamental areas such as public law, civil law, criminal law, and the sociology of law. It also gathers specialists from legal fields including financial law, intellectual property law, labor law, economic law, tax law, international private law, and international economic law, as well as in the fields of economics and sociology.

Rikkyo Institute for Legal Practice Studies

The Rikkyo Institute for Legal Practice Studies was established in April 2006 as a research institute designed to act as a parent body offering legal clinical services to the general public. In collaboration with Rikkyo University's Law School, the institute supports joint research related to working legal practices while advancing student education. It also contributes to society by publishing results of its joint research and legal clinic services programs.

Rikkyo Institute for Global Urban Studies

The Rikkyo Institute for Global Urban Studies was established in July 2007 to boost the school's research standards by advancing the research activities of Rikkyo's Graduate School of Sociology. The institute makes full use of its urban campus location with a view to expanding interdisciplinary urban studies based on recent and planned research of the College of Sociology.

Other Research Institutes

Rikkyo Institute for Peace and Community Studies

With “community” as a key concept, this institute focuses on communities that have been transformed, destroyed and regenerated through globalization, along with analyzing and understanding their structure and dynamism, while engaging in activities that cross borders in order to build peace in those communities, focusing also on joint efforts by NGOs, experts and communities (civil society) such as local governments in search of conditions for peace in today’s world.

Education for Sustainable Development Research Center

Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) is education to foster the ability and perspective to actualize a secure future through sustainable development. The Education for Sustainable Development Research Center (ESDRC) approaches ESD from the perspectives of environmental education and development education based on humanities and social studies, and aims at becoming the hub of an ESD research network in the Asia-Pacific region.

AIIC(the Asian Institute for Intellectual Collaboration)

In collaboration with universities, international institutions and NGOs in Bangladesh, Thailand and the Philippines, Rikkyo University has established the Asian Institute for Intellectual Collaboration (AIIC), and the AIIC has been promoting a highly ingenious flagship research project which is based on research outcomes of social development, peace-building, tourism and other disciplines. The AIIC aims to establish 'Social Design Studies' based on academic research products and to create a practical policy-making and socially beneficial enterprise.

  • Edogawa Rampo Memorial Center for Popular Culture Sutudies
  • Center for Educational Testing and Psychological Consulting
  • Institute for Atomic Energy
  • Research Center for Measurement in Advanced Science
  • Center for Bussiness Creator Promotion
  • Rikkyo Amusement Research Center
  • Research Center for Extremophile Information
  • Research Center for Future Molecules
  • Rikkyo Gender Forum

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