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Greetings from the Director

  


Seoul National University Institute for Japanese Studies is facing a period of qualitative transition at the moment. Completing our 10-year HK Project successfully, we are working toward another level.

Seoul National University Institute for Japanese Studies is facing a period of qualitative transition at the moment. Completing our 10-year HK Project successfully, we are working toward another level. The IJS had already envisioned mid and long-range prospect when it was first established in 2004, but the institute was able to design larger blueprint, set new agenda, and establish institutional and human resources foundation though the HK project. As the project draws to a close, we are preparing for a new beginning in 2018.

Since the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympic, international affairs surrounding the Korean Peninsula is rapidly changing in unpredictable directions and speed. This year is also the 150th anniversary of Meiji Restoration and the 20th anniversary of ‘Kim-Obuchi South Korea-Japan Partnership Declaration for the 21st Century.’ These circumstances call for a more enhanced responses from the IJS, academically and practically. The IJS stands to “conduct original research with diligent introspection of historical context and its current standing point.” To design new blueprints by understanding the trend of the times is our main task for this year. A new leap of the IJS starts now.

Director of Institute for Japanese Studies

Han, Young-Hae

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