JAPAN SPACE 2021 KCI Impact Factor : 0.48

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Aims & Scope
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.
Kim, Kee Seok

(Kangwon University)

Citation Index
  • KCI IF(2yr) : 0.48
  • KCI IF(5yr) : 0.52
  • Centrality Index(3yr) : 0.76
  • Immediacy Index : 0.0769

Current Issue : 2022, Vol., No.31

  • Systemic deficiencies inherent in Japan’s voluntary guardianship contract law and its challenges: Focusing in particular on cases of abuse of voluntary guardianship contracts

    Ken, Negishi | 2022, (31) | pp.83~110 | number of Cited : 0
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    A basic plan to promote the use of the adult guardianship system is currently being formulated, in which the prevention of abuse of voluntary guardianship contracts is also considered. However, cases of abuse of voluntary guardianship contracts have not been studied in detail. This paper therefore attempts to examine what systemic defects exist in the voluntary guardianship contract law that have led to cases of abuse, and to consider remedial measures from various perspectives in terms of operation and amendment of the law, by typifying court cases concerning voluntary guardianship contracts and identifying specific problems.
  • A Study on the Japanese Court Dance for the Study of Ancient Korean Music and Dance: Based on the composition of the Goguryeo-style music and dance movements and its status as a court dance

    Park Taequ | 2022, (31) | pp.111~135 | number of Cited : 0
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    This paper studies the basic dance movements of Bugaku(舞樂), the composition of Goguryeo-style music & dance, and its status as a court dance. In 『Kyokunsho(敎訓抄)』, a total of 46 Bugaku basic dance movements are recorded. However, one can see that there are some differences in the later literature, indicating that the tradition(transmission) has been severed or there are newly added movements. Meanwhile, in Komagaku (高麗 樂), the composition of <Daisotoku(退宿德)>, <Shinsotoku(進宿德)>, and <Komaboko(狛鉾)>, which are Goguryeo-style music and dance, mainly consists of 3 parts and commonly uses 8 basic dance movements. Most notable is that these movements have a very long history, and most of them can be found in daily life. The ancient Korean dance was never irrelevant in daily life. Thus, it is highly likely that Komagaku, which was introduced in Japan, includes the same or similar movements of the ancient Korean dance. On the other hand, based on 『Bugakuyouroku(舞樂要錄)』, by studying its status as a court dance, it is clear that Goguryeo-styled music & dance have exerted considerable influence. As the ancient Korean wave, Komagaku, Japan contains some of the features of the ancient Korean dance. Obviously this study of Komagaku in Japan can be as a reference for the study of the ancient Korean music and dance, which is in a stalemate due to a lack of absolute data.
  • Changes in perception of North Korea in Japan from the Korean Wave drama “Crash Landing on You”

    Ha Seunghee | 2022, (31) | pp.137~178 | number of Cited : 0
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    The research is based on a written interview with Japanese experts about the changing perception of North Korea in Japan, which emerged from the box office of the Korean Wave content “Crash Landing on You” in North Korea. The researchers evaluated the perception of North Korea in Japan as negative, including poverty, abnormal systems, controlled societies, military states, failed states, and criminal states. Underlying this perception was the trauma of the abduction issue and the anxiety and fear of security threats such as North Korea’s nuclear tests and missile tests. It was also found that restricted information had a significant impact on North Korea’s negative perception along with stereotypes about North Korea. In Japan, “Crash Landing on You” has expanded its perception of North Korea, reacknowledging the reality of the division of the two Koreas, and allowing content to be accommodated regardless of external political relations. It served as an opportunity for Japanese to realize that North Korea exists in a more diverse way, in addition to its stereotyped image through “Crash Landing on You”. The “Crash Landing on You” served as an information channel to understand North Korean society and reality and arouse curiosity, but there was no fundamental change in perception of North Korea’s chronic issues such as the existing abduction issue. These results show that there is a limit to the change in perception of North Korea, as they distinguish North Korea in the realm of fiction and real politics based on the Japanese people’s unchanging character and values. The Japanese media had no choice but to limit the information on North Korea according to public opinion as issues directly related to the national security, such as the abduction issue, missile, and nuclear issue, continued. As such, the lack of information on North Korea in Japan has led to a limitation that can only be biased. Given that the new format of the drama has contributed positively to the expansion of awareness in North Korea, it is necessary to deliver more diverse information on North Korea in Japan, and the role of the media is important here.