Affiliated Research Centers

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.

Affiliated Research Centers
APU Center for Next Generation Business and Industrial Creation (APU-NEXT)
ESTABLISHED YEAR April 1, 2014 (Renewed, April, 2019)
PURPOSE OF ESTABLISHING We have established APU-NEXT with the aim of envisioning next generation business in the Asia Pacific region and contributing to the sustainable development of economy and society. Our mission is to identify the future “that has already happened,” in Drucker’s words, and clarify the essence of these changes. Through examination of the future “that has already happened” within the innovative moves of small- and medium-sized businesses in the Asia Pacific region, we will imagine the future development of business and industry in this region. At the same time, we would like to contribute to the sustainable development of the Asia Pacific region by disseminating out research results to society from academia.
Center for Democracy Promotion
ESTABLISHED YEAR July, 1 2014 (Renewed, April, 2019)
DIRECTOR Prof. SATO Yoichiro
PURPOSE OF ESTABLISHING In the wake of the democratization of Eastern Europe after the end of the Cold War and the international demands for reconstruction of “failed states” after the 9/11 terrorist attacks in 2001, the need for developed countries to provide democratization support to developing countries is increasing. The main purpose of establishing the center will be to undertake commissioned research from FREEDOM HOUSE, a non-governmental organization that promotes such democratization support, to create a report about democratization assistance from the Japanese government. The center will also encompass related research conducted by APU graduate students. After gaining a foothold, the research group members will aim to acquire additional external contract research and research funding, to present papers at conferences, and to publish the papers.
Research Center for Muslim Affairs(RCMA)
PURPOSE OF ESTABLISHING Our research center deals with the following areas: coexistence with the Muslim culture in the region, the construction of models that contribute to regional revitalisation as well as further development of local businesses, unique and practical research activities conducted by researchers with diverse cultural backgrounds and research disciplines in collaboration with companies, organizations, and municipalities.
DDIT: Center for Digital Disruptive Innovation Technologies
PURPOSE OF ESTABLISHING Disruptive Digital Technology Innovation that creates a base for the next big wave of enterprise disruption is a paradigm that leverages artificial intelligence (AI) technologies augmented by enhanced information resource authoring, sharing, and visualization via human-computer mutual interaction. In that, fast-emerging digital ecosystems and the businesses that power digital disruption are already straddling markets and blurring industry boundaries and transform knowledge into wealth through synergetic effects of digital open research and innovation. Center for Digital Disruption Innovation Technologies (DDIT) focuses in empowering societies and industries in the region to upgrade some of the most HEATed business areas in this ear- Health, Environment, Agriculture, and Tourism.
Center for Inclusive Leadership (CIL)
PURPOSE OF ESTABLISHING The Center for Inclusive Leadership (CIL) will pursue and promote academic research, teaching methods and business practices related to inclusive leadership. CIL endeavors to build a long-lasting network for inclusive leadership: one that is willing and able to undertake and face up to future challenges. Further, through the implementation of research activities, theories and workshops, the center aims to be a proponent for the concept of inclusion amongst experts and students alike, create solutions to push forth inclusion, and continually strive to achieve diversity.
*Inclusive Leaders are individuals who can tap into diverse personalities, abilities and qualities, and accept these diverse values as part of the community; and can convert diversity into organizational power.

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