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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

-IR Office will be closed for Summer break -

Our office will be closed from August 11
to August 21, 2017 for Summer holidays.

We will be back in the office on Tuesday, August 22,
2017 and will respond to your message as soon as possible
on our return.

We are sorry for the inconvenience we may cause.


*Summer Recess; Office Hours start from 1pm to 5pm 
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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):

 

Speaker:

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.


11 28.2016

Research Training Workshop: How to “Build up” a Research Question: A reflection on writing Central Banking as Sate Building: Policymakers and their Nationalism in the Philippines, 1933-1964.

Open Lecture

 

Guest Speaker:

Dr. Yusuke Takagi

Assistant Professor, National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS)

 

In this seminar, the speaker, Dr. Yusuke Takagi presented on how to make a research paper. In his lecture, he introduced his experience of literature review and fieldworks in Philippine. Most of audience is graduate students who will write master thesis. They eagerly listen to the seminar which is useful for their academic achievements.

This Open Lecture was held at Ritsumeikan University Kinugasa Campus, on November 25, 2016, hosted by Ritsumeikan University's Graduate School of International Relations and the Ritsumeikan Global Innovation Research Organization (R-GIRO). Approximately 20 participants attended the seminar.


11 21.2016

Research Training Workshop: Bertha von Suttner, the First Woman to Receive the Nobel Peace Prize in 1905

Open Lecture

 

Guest Speaker: Tsuneko Ipp. A Certified Tourist Guide, Austria.

The lecture introduced the life of Bertha von Suttner, the first woman awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1905. The presenter explained Suttner’s eventful life with pictures, which includes an episode meeting Alfred Nobel, the founder of the Nobel Prize. Thanks to the detailed explanation and plenty of pictures which trace the life of Suttner, the audience came to a deep understanding how Suttner became a peace activist and why she wrote her famous novel, Lay Down Your Arms (Die Waffen Nieder). In the end, the presenter introduced the hundredth anniversary of the Peace Palace in Hague in 2013 and emphasized that Suttner’s wish has been inherited by peace activists in the world

 

This Open Lecture was held at Ritsumeikan University Kinugasa Campus, on November 18, 2016, hosted by Ritsumeikan University's Graduate School of International Relations and the Ritsumeikan Global Innovation Research Organization (R-GIRO). Approximately 20 participants attended the training.


11 14.2016

Research Training Workshop: Methodological Considerations when Conducting a Scientific Research: A Case Study of Gender Policies in the Japanese Armed Forces

Open Lecture

 

Guest Speaker: Slavica Ninic. Ph.D. Student in Graduate School of Law, Kobe University, Japan.

The lecture figured out the big picture of methodological aspects in conducting a research. In particular, the presenter underlined steps and challenges mainly faced by many researchers from the scratch to the publication process. Based on the experiences in doing the research about Gender Policies in the Japanese Armed Forces, the audiences may learn not only the content of the research but also the lessons from all the steps of the research process. In the end, the participants were expected to grasp the whole picture of the research route in Social Sciences.

 

This Open Lecture was held at Ritsumeikan University Kinugasa Campus, on November 11, 2016, hosted by Ritsumeikan University's Graduate School of International Relations and the Ritsumeikan Global Innovation Research Organization (R-GIRO). Approximately 20 participants attended the training.