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2020 KCI Impact Factor : 0.57
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) : 0.57
  • KCI IF(5yr) : 0.61
  • Centrality Index(3yr) : 1.211
  • Immediacy Index : 0.25

Current Issue : 2021, Vol.0, No.29

  • Memories of war and colonization: Focusing on the literature of Hino Keizo

    KIM GAE JA | 2021, 0(29) | pp.57~90 | number of Cited : 0
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    This paper considers how Hino Keizo began writing novels after covering the Vietnam War, and analyzes that the memories of war and colonization are newly recalled and embodied. Hino Keizo was born in Japan and moved to colonial Chosun in 1934. After Japan’s defeat in 1945, he repatriated to Japan. In the 1960s, he visited Seoul again, and returned to Japan as a correspondent to cover the Vietnam War. As a result, his literature represents the relative topology by the continuous movement and the existence of floating people, showing the expansion of boundaries between subject and space. This characteristic composes new relationships, representing a literary embodiment of “home”. Hino Keizo’s works from the early works to the series of autobiographical novels are created by continuous movement, representing the memories of war and colonization and symbolic of a new relativity and place of memory
  • Asia-Pacific War and Chosengun in the works of Matsumoto Seicho

    Youngsuk Gim | 2021, 0(29) | pp.91~126 | number of Cited : 0
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    Matsumoto Seicho served as a Nursing soldier in Yongsan and Jeongeup, for about a year and three months. From this experience, he wrote six novels and one autobiography. This paper analyzed related works focusing on the period Seicho spent in Yongsan. Through analysis of Seicho’s military-related works, first, I looked at the problems of expanding conscription and military service corruption to solve the shortage of troops. Secondly, you can see the barracks scenery of Yongsan and the daily life and feelings of Seicho, a Nursing soldier. Third, The problems of implementing the conscription system in colonial Chosen can be seen.
  • From Hallyu-drama to K-Plays: Focusing on the Recent Introduction of Modern Korean Plays to Japan

    Seo, Jaekil | 2021, 0(29) | pp.127~162 | number of Cited : 0
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    This paper examines several issues related to the introduction of Korean plays to Japan through three cultural events. For twenty years, fifty plays by fifty Korean playwrights have been translated into Japanese through the exchange program. The writers represented are diverse in their age and gender, and the translated works represent a wide range of genres from realism to avant-garde. The exchange program selected and performed Kyeokjeong-Manri for the season-ending show of its tenth event in January 2021. In the Japanese performance, various Korean repertories and historical events were explained using both diegetic and non-diegetic elements. The non-diegetic elements include the narrator’s explanations and the projection of subtitles on the back screen. In 2020, a translation of The History of Korean Play Movements, was published, but there are several problems with the translation that relate to the globalization of Korean literature. As the original was written with a nationalistic point of view characteristic of the twentieth century, the publication could not reflect recent transnational and postcolonial research that has emerged in the new millennium.