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11 20.2017

A Special Lecture on “Transition and Structure of Japanese ODA” by H.E. Ambassador Mr.Shigeru Nakamura

On November 15, 2017, the Graduate School of International Relations organized a special lecture om “Transition and Structure of Japanese ODA” by H.E. Ambassador Mr.Shigersu Nakamura.

As a diplomat of the Japanese ministry of foreign affairs, Mr.Nakamura was assigned to formulate Japanese aid policy and coordinate reconstruction of Iraq. In addition, he has rich experiences to deliver lectures in some prominent universities in Japan. At the lecture, Mr.Nakamura explained a brief history Japanese ODA and transition of its targets from “compensation for World War 2” in 1950s, economic & social development in 60 to 80s and “Peace-building” and “human security” after 2000. Particularly the relation between aid and diplomacy was quite interesting and realistic topics for the students from abroad. In the Q & A session, questions on characteristics of yen loan, grant aid and technical assistance, the future of Japanese ODA in financial burden were raised and followed by active discussions.

11 16.2017

Research Training Workshop: Nature of peace-building and field research in regions of conflict.

On November 2nd, a public lecture by Ms. Megumi Kagawa was held at the Graduate School of International Relations. Ms. Kagawa, a lecturer at the Faculty of Science and Technology at Keio University, is an expert on peacebuilding with a research focus on the Southern Philippines. More specifically, her focus concerns the role of rebel groups in the peace- and statebuilding context. Throughout her career, Ms. Kagawa has consulted intergovernmental organizations and has acquired substantial research experience over several years in regions of ongoing conflict.

By embodying her unique academic experience in her guest lecture, Ms. Kagawa has highlighted the depressingly complex, while nonetheless very exciting nature of peacebuilding and field research in regions of conflict. Through her integration into local communities in Mindanao (the Philippines) over several years, Ms. Kagawa was able to receive a rare and deep insight and understanding about the social as well as psychological circumstances of the locals. Such insights include the socio-economic role of weapons and the industries established around them in regions of conflict; the traumata of the victims of civil war; and the difficulties of negotiating stable cease fires, let alone peace agreements while including all warring parties.

The above are only three of the myriad of factors Ms. Kagawa analyzed in the context of statebuilding and ongoing security sector reforms. Several lessons can be obtained from her lecture. First, that research ethics are not mere academic manners but also ensure the psychological wellbeing of those researched; second, that empathy and a deep understanding of the local rites, as well as blending in by adapting to respective contextualities is key for a sound and representative research; and third, that the situation on the ground in regions of conflict and post-conflict are considerably more complicated than the oftentimes simplified empirical sections in textbooks on peacebuilding and conflict resolution. Overall, Ms. Kagawa’s lecture was not only inspiring for the graduate students at Ritsumeikan University, but moreover an invaluable academic enrichment for all those who were present.

11 16.2017

Research Training workshop: "International Norms against Nuclear Testing"

 Koji Enomoto is a PhD candidate in International Relations at the Hitotsubashi University. Previously, he worked as an intern at the Center for the Promotion of Disarmament and Non-Proliferation (CPDNP), Japan Institute of International Affairs (JIIA) as well as a special advisor for Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT) issues at the Permanent Mission of Japan to the International Organizations in Vienna and a researcher at the Office of Atomic Energy Policy Secretariat of the Japan Atomic Energy Commission (JAEC). He has also served as a research fellow of the Japan-U.S. Partnership Program at the Research Institute for Peace and Security (RIPS), Tokyo. He specializes in international relations and is mainly focusing on international security including nuclear arms control, disarmament and non-proliferation. His doctoral dissertation focuses on international norms against nuclear testing and the CTBT. He received his B.A. in law from Kansai University and his M.A. in international relations from International Christian University. He is a member of the executive board of the International Student and Young Pugwash (ISYP).  

 At the GSIR Young Scholars Session, Mr. Koji Enomoto shared his doctoral research entitled ‘International Norms against Nuclear Testing’. His presentation did not only cover the discussion on his research analysis but also the design of the doctoral research.

 Mr. Enomoto’s research focused on why/how the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT) works. He opted India, Pakistan, and North Korea as his research case studies. In order to find the answer, Mr. Koji Enomoto employed historical analysis approach by analysing the history of the concept of nuclear-test-ban from 1950s and the process of CTBT negotiation in 1990s. He used official documents, publication, and interviews to get the sources for his research. For the theoretical approach, Mr. Enomoto utilized ‘norm cascade / lifecycle’ model.

 Mr. Enomoto also explained the process in choosing his dissertation theme as well as the research methodology. Furthermore, he gave some suggestions on how he does his research, including how to collect materials and find connections for interview. Understanding the previous studies is also crucial as it strengthens the contribution of our research. Collecting resources from official documents became paramount for his research as those materials help him to reinforce the research argument. In addition, he recommended to give presentations at academic societies, if possible, in order to gain feedbacks from various scholars. This session provided great opportunities for the graduate students of Ritsumeikan University to learn how to design their research. 

11 01.2017

Dr Sato Marie, JSPS research fellow delivered presentation of her research on The Role of Islamic NGOs in Jordan .

On 5th of October, 2017 in research Training Course Dr Sato Marie, JSPS research fellow delivered presentation of her research on The Role of Islamic NGOs in Jordan .

She started her presentation by giving the detailed introduction of her study including the area of concern which focused on Jorden, Islamic politics, Charity, NGOs, in Jorden, issues of Urban sphere (City), mobility, migration and refugee in Jorden as well as relation between human behavior and environment geography. To conduct her research she applies disciplinary approach, field Work, and primary source analyze.

While introducing her research she explain about Jorden its politics, geographic area, population, language and religion , most of the population follow Muslim 97.2 % (predominantly Sunni) and 83.7% of total population lives in urban area .

Similarly she shortly explain about previous studies on this area, lake attention to NGOs and need to deal with the whole sector to analysis the current Islamic condition which led her to study on this research. 

She also highlighted condition of refugees in Islamic world and in Jordan .As 80% of total land is covered by desert in Jordan, so people from neighboring country   can move easily from their country to Jordan, so currently the population has been increasing by the refugee influx and city area has been expanding to south west. In this context she explained the activities of NGOs in the daily life of refugee in Jorden.

She also explained in detailed of relief activities in Badr and relief provider which are International humanitarian agency, Jordan Government and local organization including charitable society in host country at same time increase in Islamic NGOs.  NGOs has running in the manner of its norms and value of Islam they have been working as to support needy people, embedded Islamic values and as per their own priority area . Charity is based on Islam, and asylum as asylum is a right, duty, and a general. comprehensive form of protection .


Overall, Dr Sato Marie delivered comprehensive and detailed presentation about her research. As she covered Introduction of her research area, definition, previous studies, need to study or what is new and importance of her study.

08 25.2017

AY2017 fall Semester, Apply for "Post-master's Research Student & Doctoral Research Student"

We'd like to inform you about the application guideline for "Post-master's Research Student & Doctoral Research Student".

Application Period:  (Mon) Sep. 4, 2017 – (Mon.) Sep. 11, 2017

Application Form: AY2017  "Post-master's Research Student & Doctoral Research Student" Application Guidelines

 "Post-master's Research Student & Doctoral Research Student"  System is a system for graduates of our graduate schools to continue doing research at our facilities.
 Post-master's Research Student and Doctoral research student cannot receive research instruction from faculty.

 If you would like to apply, please submit application documents to IR office.
 Please let us know if you have any questions or concerns.

 Best regards,

08 08.2017

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07 26.2017

IR Office will be closed for Summer break

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06 06.2017

A special lecture entitled "Politics and Security overseas Business of Chinese Companies" by Dr. Luke Patey

On June 1, 2017, the Graduate School of International Relations organized a special lecture entitled "Politics and Security overseas Business of Chinese Companies" by Dr. Luke Patey, a senior researcher at the Danish Institute for International Studies.
Dr. Patey, explained what kind of challenges Chinese companies are facing and how they are dealing with them referring to multiple examples in Africa, Latin America and Europe.

According to Dr. Patey, when Chinese companies encounter difficulties overseas, their reactions can be categorized into three: adapting to the situation; negotiating to accommodate the local needs; and limiting their overseas business.

In the Q and A session, lively discussions were exchanged among Dr. Pate some 35 graduate students and researchers attended on such topics as the relationship between the Chinese companies and local government and people, the strategy of the Chinese government, the relationship with the Chinese “One Belt, One Road” initiative, the relationship between private and public companies, the particularity as well as the generalizability of the cases referred in the lecture, and the situation of the countries accepting Chinese companies and investments.

05 30.2017

A lecture by Professor Gary Rawnsley was held

On May 25, 2017, the Graduate School of International Relations hold a special lecture entitled "Reconsidering Soft Power in the Uncertain World" by Professor Gary Rawnsley from Aberystwyth University,UK which is famous for having the world's oldest international relations department .
Professor Rawnsley, after pointing out that the current ambiguous definition and measurement method of “Soft Power” is the cause of many problems, emphasized the importance of focusing on the impact, rather than output, of the “Soft Power”. In addition, he insisted that it is essential to analyze the aspect of power of the “Soft Power.”


The message of his lecture was quite clear, as he used a lot of concreate examples during his theoretical explanation. During the Q and A session following the lecture, participants, graduate students and faculty, actively discussed the nature of soft power and how to generate “Soft Power” both in Japan and UK.

01 10.2017

Research Training Workshop: The Comfort Women Issue in Taiwan

Short Report of Open Seminar (12/23/2016):


Speaker: Dr. Shogo Suzuki, Senior Lecturer, the Department of Politics, the University of Manchester. UK.

This seminar highlighted the politics of history regarding comfort women. As what the country should remember and forget is a political issue, this seminar discussed the dynamics of the Taiwan ‘Comfort Women’ Case, focused especially on the competition to attain justice for the past wrongs in Taiwan. 

Departing from the arguments that identity politics in Taiwan have overshadowed the campaign to achieve justice for the comfort women, the comfort women issue gets rejected as the drive to construct the Taiwanese's identity separate from China has led to the crime committed by mainlander Nationalist Party (Kuomintang, or KMT). In conclusion, the comfort women issue turned into inward-looking debates over national identity, distracting the political momentum necessary to bring about justice successfully. National politicians in Taiwan, in fact, tend to politize the comfort woman issue in the national political game rather than attaining the justice for the victims.

This seminar was held in Ritsumeikan University - Kinugasa Campus, on December 23, 2016, hosted by College of International Relations Ritsumeikan University and Ritsumeikan Global Innovation Research Organization (R-GIRO). Approximately 30 participants attended the seminar.

12 24.2016

Office Closing (2016 Dec 27- 2017 Jan-5 )

IR Office will be closed from 2016 Dec 27 to 2017 Jan-5.

Office support including certificate issuing will be re-started after Jan 6th 2017.

Thank you so much for your understanding.

Happy Holidays.

12 12.2016

Research Training Workshop: Jokowi’s Presidency: From Elite Consolidation to Extra-parliamentary Mobilization?

Short Report of Open Seminar (12/9/2016):



Dr. Marcus Mietzner. Associate Professor at the College of Asia and the Pacific at the Australian National University.


This seminar discussed the changing dynamic of contemporary Indonesian politics. The seminar focused on how Indonesian President Joko Widodo, or Jokowi, turned from a seemingly unassailable into a vulnerable president. Previously, President Jokowi appeared to have consolidated his power in the arenas of elite contestation, public opinion, and a sizeable majority in parliament.  However, hundreds of thousands of Muslim protesters demonstrated against Jokowi's ally in the Jakarta governor election, Basuki Tjahja Purnama in November and December 2016 shook Jokowi's presidency to its core. The outcome of the conflicts emerging from it remains uncertain, and it seems likely means for the 2019 elections.


This seminar was held in Ritsumeikan University - Kinugasa Campus, on December 9, 2016, hosted by College of International Relations Ritsumeikan University and Ritsumeikan Global Innovation Research Organization (R-GIRO) and Institute of International Relations and Area Studies.  Approximately 40 participants attended the seminar.