A General Introduction to Japan Research Institute
of Liaoning University
Japan Research Institute of Liaoning University grew out of Japan Research Institute of Liaoning Province (also known as Liaoning Philosophy and Social Science Institute of Liaoning Province II). It was built in May, 1964, according to the decision of Central Committee of the CCP about enhancing the instruction spirit and northeast bureau of foreign problem studies. It became the earliest research institute of Japan studies. Japan Research Institute was Bureau level at that time, with 65 permanent staff. The institute was under dual leadership of Foreign Affairs Office of the State Council and Liaoning Province, and equipped with history study office, status quo office, and library and reference office. Even once dissolved during the mayhem of the Cultural Revolution, Japan Research Institute got back to normal in spring of 1971 with the help of the prime minister Zhou Enlai, and renamed Japan Research Institute of Liaoning University.
Japan Research Institute owns a perfect research group and part-time researchers. The institute has under it four groups for Japanese Economy, Culture and Literature, History Field Research and Library & Reference Center. More importantly, the Institute has a regional platform of academic communication, that is the Japan Research Center and periodical office of Japan Studies. The main direction of Japan Economy Research is the reform of Japan economic system, Sino-Japan economic relationship, regional cooperation of East Asia, etc. The main direction of Japan Literature Research is comparative literature between China and Japan, genre of Japan literature, Japanese authors and their works, etc. The main direction of Japan History Research is Japanese modern history, history of Sino-Japanese relation, northeast China and Japan, etc. There are 40 thousand of books in the Library and Reference Center, more than 50 kinds of Japanese magazines, which makes the Institute a center which owns the most abundant Japanese library and reference. Japan Studies started publication in 1971, which grew out of Japan Problems. This magazine changed its name to Japan Studies and published publicly in 1985. It is the first academic periodical on comprehensive Japan studies which publish publicly after the establishment of PRC.
The research performances of Japan Research Institute were abundant in past 50 years. There are more than one hundred published individual monograph, co-author, compile, translation works, and more than one thousand published academic thesis. Among all these works, History of Manchurian Incident from China Perspective, Japan of Modern Times and Sino-Japanese Trade, Japanese Continental Policy and Northeast China, Seiitai Shogun and East Asia, Chinese Japan economic theory drew attention of domestic and foreign academic field, and gained approval comment from periodical such as Asahi Shinbun and Mainichi Shinbun.
Since 1979, Japan Research Institute held international academic conference in large-scale more than 10 times, and published conference related works. All these achievements gained extensive academic fame and social benefits, which also improved the Sino-Japan friendship and cultural and academic exchange between Japan and China. In the perspective of foreign academic exchange, the institute has the special staff in charge of the communication between Japan academia and scholars. At present, Japanese cultural exchange association, the earnest talk between China and Japan academia, Nomura Comprehensive Research Institute, Meiji University, Waseda University, Kyushu University, Nippon University, Yamaguchi University, Toyama University, Kannsai University, Hokkai Gakuen University, more than 30 of academic groups, friendly organization and universities had established connection with the institute. During that period, Japan Research Institute accepted more than 40 Japan academic groups and invited Japanese domestic scholars to give lectures or collaborate.