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2019 KCI Impact Factor : 0.57
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Shortly after the end of World War II, upon return from exile, former members of the Korean Provisional Government set about the lofty goal of nurturing young talent for their newly liberated motherland, leading the way for the foundation of Kookmin University in 1946. Today, above and beyond that initial goal, Kookmin stands as one the nation’s premier institutions of higher education, boasting an array of joint research and student exchange programs with well more than 100 universities worldwide. There, Kookmin undergraduates are exposed firsthand to the country of their interest while, on home campus, they have daily opportunities to share their thoughts with students from overseas. The same can be said of Kookmin’s resourceful graduate student body, whose international profile and research agenda have become an integral part of the University’s commitment to the imperative of understanding the rest of the world.

So close yet so far, Japan in particular remains an elusive country for many Koreans, in whose view, even after over a half century of diplomatic normalization, Japan is yet to come to terms with the past. Study of Japan in Korea then abounds in sharply divisive issues. While those thorny issues still haunt the relations between the two countries (and among Koreans themselves), it behooves professional researchers to opt for reason over emotion and explore new possibilities of intellectual inquiry in approaching Japan. Founded in 2002 under the firm initiative of the venerable duo of Kim Young Jak and Han Sang Il, and fully fledged under the unwavering leadership of Lee Won Deog, the Institute of Japanese Studies at Kookmin University has accumulated a number of critically acclaimed projects ranging from primary source compilation to multidisciplinary analyses of Japanese society.

In recognition of its proven track record and further academic promise, the Institute has been christened "Priority Research Institution" by the National Research Foundation of Korea. Under the Foundation's sustained support, the institute’s researchers thoroughly catalogued and examined massive documents on the Korea-Japan normalization talks. Its five-volume, annotated bibliography of those documents was hailed by the Foundation as "Model Research in Social Science." In tandem, the Institute has made a foray into source material on the Japan side. Funded by the Northeast Asian History Foundation, the Institute’s researchers have systematically scrutinized declassified Japanese archives to show the intricate inner workings of Japanese foreign policy. Funding sources outside Korea such as the Japan Foundation and the Japan World Expo Fund Project have also made generous contributions for the Institute’s numerous publication and translation projects on contemporary developments surrounding Japan. In recent years, with younger researchers newly on board, the Institute has incorporated their research interests in revisiting Japan’s socioeconomic situation and its comparative significance.

Instead of staying within the confines of an ivory tower, researchers at the Institute strive to respond to the demands of popular audiences and policy makers by putting together some of the most cutting-edge academic work in an accessible language on its biannual journal Japan Space while sharing their work with other professional circles through open conferences, ad hoc colloquia, press interviews, and the like. Along the way, the Institute has helped forge a collegial platform for spirited dialogue among Japan specialists far beyond the national border. We are prepared, as in the past, to put our findings to the test with the same rigor by working with fellow researchers from all over the world. As we greet interested members of the online community at our website, all of us at the Institute renew our fidelity to judicious scholarship in pursuit of knowledge and wisdom.

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Kim, Kee Seok

(Kangwon University)

Citation Index
  • KCI IF(2yr) : 0.57
  • KCI IF(5yr) : 0.0
  • Centrality Index(3yr) : 1.506
  • Immediacy Index : 0.0

Current Issue : 2020, Vol., No.28

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  • Women who were forced to serve as war sacrificesbased on the analysis of Akai Kuji 赤いくじ by Seicho Matsumoto松本淸張

    Youngsuk Gim | 2020, (28) | pp.43~75 | Number Of Cites : 0
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    Akai Kuji is a modern novel published in 1955 by Seicho Matsumoto, which depicts the colonial Choseon before and after liberation and the return of the Japanese people based on military experience from 1944 until the defeat. From the perspective of Korean readers in the 21st century, I would like to evaluate the following points: First, Seicho, who was defeated in Korea as a Japanese soldier, did not focus on confrontation and conflict between Koreans and Japanese. In other words, it dealt with the nature of the war and the sacrifices forced on women, not the national confrontation. Second, it depicts the risk that a soldier's wife has to deal with during the war in a cool and objective manner amid the sexual desire of soldiers and the absence of her husband.
  • Information activities of early modern Japanese intellectuals and Distribution of information related to Chosen

    Jieun Her | 2020, (28) | pp.77~114 | Number Of Cites : 0
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    Modern Japan is expressed in the era of ‘Sakoku(鎖國)’. The Edo Shogunate restricted external counters to Tsushima han(對馬藩), Satsuma han(薩摩 藩), Matsumae han(松前藩), and Nagasaki(長崎) and was willing to manage information. However, foreign information was circulated and influenced by intellectuals at the time, regardless of the will of the Edo shogunate. Among them, in the case of information related to Joseon(朝鮮), how did intellectuals in the Edo era get information related to Joseon, what was it, and how was it distributed? Hayashi Hoko(林鳳岡), who is a member of the Edo Shogunate and is the best intellectual of the time, directly requested information on Joseon from Amenomori Hoshu(雨森芳洲), a member of the Tsushima han, known as the Joseon expert. Meanwhile, Kawaguchi Seisai(河口静斎), who was a general intellectual in Japan at the time, obtained information about Joseon through his personal relationships, including his teacher Muro Kyuso(室鳩巢). The information he obtained was circulated to the Daimyo(大名) Nabeshima Naosato(鍋島直鄕) of the Hizen(肥前) Kashima(鹿島) Domain whom he had exchanged with at the time, and to Shimomura Nagamitsuru(霜邨長盈), who was related to him. Information related to Joseon was later included in 『Byeongpilrok(秉筆錄)』 edited by Nagashima Shimomura, and along with information on Japanese and Chinese studies, the Netherlands, and the Ryukyus, and affected other intellectuals as well.
  • Strengthening the Japan’s Coast Guard: Trends and Implications

    LEE, KITAE | 2020, (28) | pp.115~147 | Number Of Cites : 0
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    China’s maritime expansion poses a new ‘security threat’ to Japan. Also, Japan views wooden boats from North Korea spotted through the East Sea(the Japanese name: the Sea of Japan) as a grave threat to its maritime security. Therefore, Japan’s Coast Guard(JCG) is emerging as an important institution in response to new threats of maritime security by conducting ‘the Dual-Layer Security System’ both in the East Sea and in the East China Sea. In the past, the abe administration adopted the Three Principles on the Rule of Law at Sea to address those threats while strengthening of the Maritime Security System. The JCG’s enhanced role has features as follows. First, it assumes not only conventional maritime patrol but also a variety of military roles to cover an area of national security. Second, it responsible for securing national defense seeks to improve cooperation with both the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force(JMSF) and maritime security-related government bodies. Third, it strives to improve international cooperation among maritime nations in the context of Indo-Pacific vision.
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