Flagship Projects

Flagship Projects

Japan-ASEAN Platform for Transdisciplinary Studies

This project strives to address urgent political, economic, social, and environmental issues of the 21st century by generating a transdisciplinary community and program of research across Japan, ASEAN countries, and the rest of the world. We seek to bring together individuals from a wide range of disciplines and fields to conduct research on a diverse spectrum of environmental and social topics.



Japan-ASEAN Science, Technology and Innovation Platform (JASTIP)

The Japan-ASEAN Science, Technology and Innovation Platform (JASTIP): Promotion of Sustainable Development Research within the framework of the Collaboration Hubs for International Research Program (CHIRP) 2015 funded by the Strategic International Collaborative Research Program (SICORP) of Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST). Started in 2015 (2015-20) it aims to promote Japan-ASEAN collaboration on science and technology research and accelerate the application of its outcomes to social innovation in order to achieve Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). In order to strengthen cooperative research and foster links between ASEAN and Japan, it has established joint laboratories focusing on three fields; energy and environment, bio-resources and biodiversity, and disaster prevention.
    JASTIP will accelerate the promotion of research based on Japanese-ASEAN cooperation, and encourage discussions toward building a collaborative system with ASEAN in the areas of science, technology, and research education to move beyond institutions and the confines of particular projects. It also aims to promote the implementation of research results that have a social impact.



Visual Documentary Project

Southeast Asia is rich in its diversity of ethnic, religious and cultural composition. The region has maintained the coexistence of such diversity while at the same time achieving economic progress and becoming a hub for the flow of people, goods, money and information. Yet at present, the region is also confronted with serious issues such as the decrease of biodiversity and tropical forests, disasters, pandemics, aging population, ethnic and religious conflicts, economic differentiation and poverty.



International Program of Collaborative Research

Having been qualified as one of the Joint Use/ Research Centers by the MEXT since April 2010, the IPCR Center promotes Southeast Asian studies with an emphasis on the integration between the humanities and natural sciences and collaboration with local peoples and societies by providing support for various collaborative research endeavors and sharing facilities and equipment such as the CSEAS library and its Map Room.




The Center for Information Resources of Area Studies (CIRAS) is a Joint Use/Research Center with two primary functions: “Integration and Sharing of Information Resources for Area Studies” and “Promotion of Cross-regional Area Studies.” CIRAS promotes comparative studies among more than one area of the world in order to analyze research topics relating to politics, economy, society, and the different environments of the contemporary world, while aiming to apply state-of-art information technology to integrate and analyze data produced in area studies research.