Research Modules: Coordination Unit with Stanford

The Coordination Unit with Stanford is centered on four themes of “Cultural Diversity”, “East Asian Relations”, “Facing Population Decline” and “Innovation”, and seeks to fulfil an important role in developing international research and education while successively fostering human resources.

 While recognition of differences in nationality, age, gender, lifestyle and values is important in this global era, in East Asia, and particularly Japan and South Korea, there clearly remains a sense of exclusion that strongly emphasizes ethnic superiority. Both Japan and South Korea, gripped by population decline and a growing sense of urgency regarding the issue, should be true 21st century leaders in acquiring exceptional talent from all countries in the world and developing technical innovation. The goal must be for them to create advanced societies incorporating all peoples and cultures which succeed in increasing diversity while respecting cultural differences. This idea of diversity is also vital for proactively resolving those issues of historical consciousness that are such a serious problem in East Asia.

 Therefore, the unit has invited a world-famous expert on such issues, Professor Gi-Wook Shin of Stanford University, in as a senior advisor, in order to accelerate research into and develop a new social agenda of cultural diversity in not just Japan and South Korea but also other many countries, like Hong Kong and Singapore, in Asia, and will seek to publicise its findings. Furthermore, it shall develop a new educational program to increase cultural diversity and develop policy proposals based on the results of such research. The contributions of this research team shall seek to position Kyushu University at the epicentre of research into Cultural Diversity in Asia, develop advanced social research on the Asia-Pacific region and build world class research and educational networks between universities.


Professor, Kyushu University / Research Center for Korean Studies
History of Exchange between Korea and Japan, Research on the Colonial period, Teaching the Korean Language, Bibliology and Comparative Folklore Studies
Professor Matsubara is in charge of Kyushu University’s fundamental courses on the “Introduction to Korean Studies” and “Seminar on Minority Peoples”, while also being responsible for “Cultural Theories of Asian Languages” at the Graduate School of Integrated Sciences for Global Society. As a researcher he has largely conducted area studies research on the Korean Peninsula. Currently, he is working on a “Means to learn Korean for scholars whose mother-tongue is Japanese”, while conducting research into the cultural folklore on the Korean peninsula, in particular oral traditions and religious rituals, and the history of exchange between Korea and Japan as seen in the embassies dispatched by the Korean Court and those exchanged between Tsushima and the Japanese embassy at Pusan during the Early Modern era.

Seong-Hyon Lee
Professor, Kyushu University

Hong S. T. (??)
Guest Researcher from Overseas
Head of the Korean Secretariat at Moscow State University (??)