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HK Project Research - the 1st Stage

Research Activities

On August 1st, 2009, the first-stage of the HK research project was carried out in order to implement the HK agenda “The global point of view for the research of contemporary Japanese life.” HK research project consists of 5 divisions: “The formation of contemporary Japanese knowledge,” “traditional culture and art in contemporary Japan,” “localism and identity,” “life world of postwar Japan and East Asia,” and “the formation and the transformation of Japan’s labor-management relations,” in which HK researchers as well as the researchers from IJS participate in the pursuing of these projects. The project reports are to be published in the Japanese Studies Library in the future.

Postwar Japan’s Knowledge Class Formation

Research Title Postwar Japan’s Knowledge Class Formation
Japan’s Postwar Occupation Period and the 1950s
Abstract The purpose of this study is to reveal the origin of modern Japan’s knowledge terrain. By reviewing postwar Japan’s reorganization of knowledge and ideas, we hope to understand modern Japan’s knowledge production system. In order to do so, rather than focusing on ideology analysis, we must pertain our interest in the dynamics of the knowledge production system and also pay careful attention to the overall knowledge system. More specifically, we must look into the inside and outside of the academic institutions, knowledge producers and forwarders, organizations and individuals, and have a broader perspective that encompasses various forms groups such as immigrants. We are excited find connection between the former knowledge system and the present Japanese elite society.
Director JANG, In-Sung (Prof. at SNU Depart. Of Political Science and International Relations Professor)
Assistant Administrator SEO, Dong Ju (HK Prof. at SNU IJS)
Research Participants NAM, Ki-Jeong (Prof. at SNU IJS)
PARK, Jin-Woo (Prof. at Soomyung Women’s Univ. Depart. Of Liberal Arts)
SEO, Dong Ju (HK Research Prof. at SNU IJS)
LEE, Kyungboon (HK Research Prof. at SNU IJS)
LEE, Eun-gyong (HK Research Prof. at SNU IJS)
Jo, Gwanja (HK Prof. at SNU IJS)
HAN, Young Hae (Prof. at SNU GSIS)
Research Assistant LEE, Kyung-mi (SNU International Relations Major, Ph.D.)

Contemporary Japan’s Traditional Culture and Art

Research Title Contemporary Japan’s Traditional Culture and Art
Change and Reproduction
Abstract This research attempts to find out how Japanese traditional culture maintains, changes, and reproduces itself in the complex contemporary Japanese society and how tradition relates to modern Japanese’ lives and ideas. In other words, this research seeks to produce a visual terrain that shows the identity and change of contemporary Japanese society and how the lives and ideas connect to such phenomenon.
Director KWOEN, Sug-In (Prof. at SNU Depart. Of Anthropology)
Assistant Administrator LEE, Eun-gyong (HK Research Prof. at SNU IJS)
Research Participants KIM, Hyojin (HK Research Prof. at SNU IJS)
PARK, Kyu-Tae (Prof. at Hanyang Univ. Depart of Japanese Culture and Language)
YOON, Gi-Yeop (Research Trainee at SNU IJS)
LEE, Eun-gyong (HK Research Prof. at SNU IJS)
CHO, Ahra (HK Research Prof. at SNU IJS)
Research Assistant JI, Eun-Sook (SNU Depart. Of Anthropology, Ph.D.)

Contemporary Japan’s Social Change and Locality

Research Title Contemporary Japan’s Social Change and Locality
Abstract This research resolves contemporary Japan’s Life-world identity and the boundary of change, reorganization, and the dynamics of reorganization through “area” study. The study also seeks to find the appropriate academic method and approach for each scholarly fields. This study especially emphasizes the realist perspective while also considering theory to come up with accurate analysis. The study also emphasizes practicality to utilize the study as primary source in decision making and problem. Through this planned research, we hope to analyze and capture the dynamics and change of various areas in Japanese communities in the midst of global exchange and change.
Director HAN, Young Hae (Prof. at SNU GSIS)
Assistant Administrator CHO, Ahra (HK Research Prof. at SNU IJS)
Research Participants KIM, Young (Prof. at Busan Univ. Depart. of Sociology)
PARK, Jung-Jin (HK Research Prof. at SNU IJS)
SEO, Dong Ju (HK Research Prof. at SNU IJS)
LEE Ho-Sang (Research Trainee at SNU IJS)
LEE Jong-Gu (Prof. at Sungkonghoe Univ., Depart. Of Social Science)
LIM, Chai-sung (HK Prof. at SNU IJS)
Research Assistant JEONG, Ki-In (SNU Depart. Of Korean and Korean Lit., Ph.D.)

Postwar Japan’s Life-World and East Asia

Research Title Postwar Japan’s Life-World and East Asia
Abstract This study contributes in constructing Japanese Studies as a new area studies that overcomes the limits of traditional area studies that is exposed to orientalism and post-colonialism in the era of globalization and where emphasis on interdependence among areas are stronger than ever. In this sense, the present study focuses on the relationship between Japan and the “other” and the relationship setting method. This study sets up time periods from Japan after the collapse of Japanese empire and an isolated East Asia country in the immediate postwar period to Japan during the Cold War period the returned to East Asia. This study attempts to understand postwar Japan’s Life-World by focusing on the various methods of Japan’s approach to East Asia.
Director NAM Ki-jeong (Prof. at SNU IJS)
Assistant Administrator KIM, Hyo-jin (HK Research Prof. at SNU IJS)
Research Participants PARK, Dong-sung (HK Research Prof. at SNU IJS)
PARK, Jung-jin (HK Research Prof. at SNU IJS)
PARK, Cheol Hee (Prof. at SNU GSIS)
SHEEN, Ha-kyoung (Prof. at Sookmyung Univ. Depart of Japanese Studies)
LEE, Kyung-boon(HK Research Prof. at SNU IJS)
LEE, Ji-sun (Prof. at Sookmyung Univ.)
JUNG, Jin-Sung (Prof. at Korea Na’l Open Univ.)
Research Assistant KIM, In-su (SNU Depart. of Sociology, Ph.D.)

Formation and Change of Japanese Labor-Management Relations

Research Title Formation and Change of Japanese Labor-Management Relations
Abstract This research reflects on the working-poor, temporary employee, death from overwork, etc., and other phenomenon due to fragmentation and social changes deviating from traditional Japanese labor-management relations. How has Japanese labor-management relations changed through internal and external changes? We plan to investigate the constitutional law regarding Japanese labor-management relations from historic perspective. The research team studies the general history of Japanese labor-management relations from the prewar period to postwar economic growth period as well as the unique Japanese characteristics such as seniority based wage system, long-term employment policy, and various labor unions in individual companies. The research also covers the changing process of labor-management relationship system in the 1980s parallel to collapse of the bubble economy and the long-term economic stagnation as well as free market economic policies and the labor revolution movement in the 2000s. Through Japan’s case, the research tries to find connection to the Korean society’s gender, part-time, increasing social gap problems and seek to figure out how Japan deals with such problems. Through our research, we conclude that the present Japanese labor issue is not a temporary discussion but is part of the 100 year structural change that is still on-going. Despite this, Japan is stuck with the limits of Japanese economy that is unbreakable by free-market institutional revolution.
Director LIM, Chai-sung (HK Prof. at SNU IJS)
Assistant Administrator JUNG, Young-hoon (Senior-researcher at the Constitutional Court)
Research Participants SUN, Jae-won (Prof. at Pyeongtaek Univ., Depart. of Japanese Studies)
KIM, Sam-soo (Prof. at Seoul National University of Science and Technology, Depart. of Business)
KIM, Yang-tae (Instructor at Hankuk Univ. of Foreign Languages)
JUNG, Jin-sung (Prof. at Korea National Open Univ., Depart. of Japanese Studies)
ENOKI, Kazue (Assistant Prof. at Hosei Univ., Ohara Social Problem Research Institute)
WOO, Jong-won (Prof. at Saitama Univ., Depart. of Economics)
Research Assistant JANG, Il-soo (SNU Depart. of Economics, Ph.D.)
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