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Kwanjeong Japanese Studies Project

Kwanjeong Japanese Studies Project

On July 24, 2019, the Lee Jong-hwan Education Foundation donated 250 million won for research support to Institute of Japanese Studies at Seoul National University. The Institute is promoting the project under this research fund as a “Kwanjeong Japanese Research Project”. In addition to various research projects, we are conducting programs to nurture the next generation through the hosting of academic conferences, including the official Japanese Research Academic Conferences, and exchange programs with the National Japanese Teachers' Association.

A super-Aged Society, Disaster Society Reorganization and Regeneration of the Japanese Living World: Anthropological Study on the Hanshin Area after the Great Earthquake of 1995


This joint research was conducted on the reorganization and regeneration of the Kobe area through the 'Hanshin Awaji Earthquake of 1995' by setting the problem of Japan, which is an unprecedented in human history and the threat of disasters are common. We want to conduct an anthropological study. In and , the area of ​​"welfare" continues to expand, and political and social contention and everyday practice surrounding "welfare" have become the focal point of change in the world of life. This joint study examines the reorganization and regeneration of Japan's local communities and civil society , and aims to illuminate the area of ​​"welfare" as its main driving force. To this end, we will consider the multi-layered changes in the living world, focusing on the agenda of . This is to analyze the trends and prospects of Japanese society and to suggest new implications for modern Japanese research.


Kwon, Sook-in (SNU)

“Foreign workers, care robots, AI: a nursing site as a frontier of multiculturalization”


Park, Seung-hyun (SNU)

“City planning and public housing after the Great Hanshin Earthquake, an anthropological study of the living world”

Ji, Eun-sook(SNU)

"Local movements in the aging society and the rise of female subjects: Focusing on women's gatherings and Osaka's activities for a better aging society"

Owa Mie

"A study on the support system for nursing homes for the elderly in need of care: AIP and community care, issues of isolation for the elderly and home support"

Yama Yoshiyuki


"Establishment of the support system for individuals in the event of a disaster based on the community of the super-aged society"

Assistant Kim, Ah-Rong SNU GSIS 

Kwanjeong Japanese Studies Academic Conferences

Institute for Japanese Studies at Seoul National University is holding a conference for Japanese Studies with the support of the Lee Jong-hwan Education Foundation. In August 2019, the 1st Academic Conference was held on the theme of "Korea-Japan Relations: Beyond Anti-Japanese and Anti-Korean"
  • Theme: Korea-Japan Relations: Beyond Anti-Japanese and Anti-Korean
  • Date : August 26th, 2019, 14:00-17:30
  • Venue : KFB Bldg. 2nd Floor International Conference Room
The 1st academic conference was held with the presentation of research and panel discussions by professors at the Japan Research Institute, starting with the keynote lecture by Emeritus Professor Wada Haruki of Tokyo University, “Abe's 2nd Cabinet Relations with North Korea”. Professor Nam Ki Jeong presented the research on the theme of 'Agitation and Overcoming of the Korean-Japanese System in 1965,' and Director Kim Hyun-Cheol presented the research on the subject of 'Korea's blessings in disguise Strategy'. And Professor Kim, Hyojin presented on the theme of 'Korea-Japan Internet Response Around Controversy over the Demolition of Girl statue'. Afterward, it was finished with a panel discussion by reporter Yeong-Joon Ye of the JoongAng Ilbo and reporter Gil Yoon-Hyeong of the Hankyoreh newspaper.

  • Theme: Covid-19 and Japan
  • Date : August 24th, 2020. 13:30-18:00
  • Venue : Hoam Faculty Center, Seoul National University
The 2nd academic conference was canceled offline event and broadcast online due to the COVID-19. Following the opening remarks and congratulatory remarks, the academic conference began with a keynote lecture by Professor Kim Tae-hyeong, Department of Infectious Diseases, Soonchunhyang Medical University. As the first part of the presentation, Professor Nam Ki-jung of the Institute of Japan gave a presentation on “Reform of Northeast Asian Order in the Post-Corona Era and the Possibility of Korea-Japan Cooperation” and “Japanese Politics in the Corona Crisis” by Professor Jeong-jin Park of Tsudajuku University. In the second part presentation, "The Impact of Corona 19 and the Japanese Economy" by Professor Chang-Min Lee of Hankuk University of Foreign Studies, Professor Seung-Hyeon Park of the Institute of Japan's "Japanese Society after the Pandemic: Disaster, Anxiety and Self-Reliance, the Olympics" was presented. The discussion lasted for about an hour, led by Shim Gyu-seon, former Dong-A Ilbo waiting room, and Horiyama Akiko, head of the Seoul branch of the Mainichi Shimbun.

Visiting Japanese lecture

When there is a request for special lectures at secondary schools in the country through the National Japanese Teachers Association (JTA), The faculty in our Institute host around 4-5 lectures yearly. There were four lectures organized in the second half of 2019.
No. Date Scholl Lecturer Theme
1 September 18th, 2019

Michuhol Foreign Language High School

Nam, Ki Jeong

Korea and Japan: 100 years in the past, 100 years in the future

2 October 18th, 2019

Cheongwon High School

Jo, Gwanja

Exchange of popular culture between Korea and Japan and friendship between Korea and Japan

3 October 23rd, 2019

Incheon Taxation High School

Seo, Dong Ju

Conversion of Korea-Japan Relations and Re-awareness of Korea-Japan Exchange

4 November 8th, 2019

Incheon Shinhyeon High School

Seo, Dong Ju

Conversion of Korea-Japan Relations and Re-awareness of Korea-Japan Exchange

5 July 3rd, 2020

Chengwon High School

Seo, Dong Ju

Modern Japanese Cultural Theory

6 Nov 13th, 2020

Sangmyung University

Seo, Dong Ju

Novel Prize for Litearture and Japanese Literature

7 Dec 2nd, 2020

Changwon University

Seo, Dong Ju

COVID-19 and Japanese Society

8 Dec 21st, 2020

Geumcheon-gu Office

Seo, Dong Ju

Japanese Litearture and the "awkward" Japanese - Centering Kawabata Yasunari, the recipient of the Nove Prize

9 May 17th, 2021

Sangmun High School

Seo, Dong Ju

COVID-19 and Japanese Society

10 May 25th, 2021

Dongguk University

Seo, Dong Ju

Godzilla and Psychiatric History of of the postwar Era

11 Sep 8th, 2021


Seo, Dong Ju

Kawabata Yasunari

12 Dec 15th,, 2021

National Assembly Legislative Investigation Agency

Seo, Dong Ju

Japanese Society in the COVID era and the direction of future-oriented Korea-Japan relationship

13 Jan 5th, 2022


Seo, Dong Ju

Japanese Literature and Colony 

14 Jan 14th, 2022

Korean Society of Japanese Literature 

Seo, Dong Ju

The Structure of post-war Thoughts in reading Godzilla 

15 Feb 26th, 2022

Council of Japanese Language Teachers

Seo, Dong Ju

The Psychiatric History of Post-war Japan in reading Sub-culture 

16 May 10th, 2022

Daejeon Youseong High School

Seo, Dong Ju

The Shock of COVID and the Japanese Recognition of the World

17 July 6th, 2022

Gyeongju High School

Seo, Dong Ju

Japanese Recognition of World in the COVID era and the future of Korea-Japan Relationship

18 July 14th, 2022

Incheon Choeun High School

Seo, Dong Ju

Japanese Cultural Theory 

19 Nov 10th, 2022


Seo, Dong Ju

History of Mind in reading the movie Godzilla 

20 Nov 15th, 2022


Seo, Dong Ju

History of Mind in reading the movie Godzilla

21 Jan 12th, 2023


Seo, Dong Ju

Kawabata Yasunari, A Thousand Cranes

22 April 03, 2023


Seo, Dong Ju

Viewing Japanese Aesthetic by Reading Modern Novel

23 May 9th, 2023


Seo, Dong Ju

Kawabata Yasunari, A Thousand Cranes

24 July 19, 2023

Daejoen Youseung High School

Seo, Dong Ju

Kawabata Yasunari, Snow Country 

Field Trip to SNU-IJS

Our institutes host high school students` field trip to SNU-IJS approximately less than five times a year.

Joint Workshop

A joint workshop is held once a year to promote communication and mutual understanding between universities and high schools.

Kwanjeong Japan Review (in Korean)

Institute for Japanese Studies at Seoul National University has planned to face the common problems of contemporary Korea and Japan and to seek alternatives for future win-win growth. Korea and Japan have many common problems, including political and economic changes due to low birth rates and aging, future uncertainties and diplomatic conflicts in the global society, and increasing social diversity and widening gaps. In this regard, intends to send an analytical column pursuing timeliness and popularity for various issues in Japan and Korea-Japan issues. Through this, we intend to provide a forum for future-oriented public opinion that can critically understand Japanese society and expand the perspective of Korean society.