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Jun 14, 2018
The Japanese government issues Grants-in-Aid for Scientific Research to develop scientific investigations ranging from basic to applied research in all fields from the humanities to the natural sciences. Grants are awarded to encourage research based on the ideas of the recipients, providing financial support for creative and pioneering research projects that will become fundamental to social development.
Research projects are selected using a peer-review screening process. Every year, a number of APU faculty members are selected as principal investigators for these funded research projects. The summaries of the ten research projects that were selected in AY2017 are available online.
These specially-funded research themes are diverse and timely in nature, including possible ways to revitalize tourism in rural areas of Japan (including disaster-affected regions), and a study of the connections between anti-terrorist sentiment and nationalism while taking into account the response of civil society to the rise of entities like the Islamic State. Others feature an investigation into the changes of the Vietnamese language following the transformation of social systems, as well as an analysis empirically measuring the characteristics of Japanese global leaders in order to incorporate those findings into a training program applicable across a range of educational contexts, including that of APU.
By disclosing the details of these research projects, researchers can strengthen their connections with scholars both within and outside of APU, and this may lead to more collaborative research across institutions.
As APU researchers continue to push the boundaries of knowledge, APU is committed to making the results of these research projects accessible to the local community and global society through further collaboration and practical application.