Ritsumeikan Center for Asia Pacific Studies (hereinafter referred to as "RCAPS")was established in 1996, before the opening of APU, with the aim of conducting integrated research about the Asia Pacific Region. When APU was established in the year 2000, it became the Research Center of APU.
While playing both roles of providing a venue for widely receiving research outcome from within and outside Japan and also providing a venue to transmit the research outcome of APU faculty and graduate students through conducting the yearly International Conference [AP Conference] the Bi-annual publication of the RCAPS Journal, the periodical seminars and publication of newsletters, its importance as a key organization to the research activities of APU has also been growing.
With the establishment of the Reasearch Activation Plan in AY 2007, a policy to promote and strengthen research in the 4 emphasized fields (1.Global Movements & Transformations, 2.Resource and Human Security, 3.Human Capability and Innovation, 4.Management Science & Enterprise) was put forth. An actual measure for this was the establishment of a Reasearch Center under RCAPS.
Affiliated Research Centers
■ APU Center for Next Generation Business and Industrial Creation (APU-NEXT)
■ Center for Democracy Promotion
■ Research Center for Muslim Affairs(RCMA)
■ International Center for Asia Pacific Tourism (iCAPt)