JAPAN SPACE 2022 KCI Impact Factor : 0.88

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pISSN : 1976-1481

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) : 0.88
  • KCI IF(5yr) : 0.82
  • Centrality Index(3yr) : 1.044
  • Immediacy Index : 0.0

Current Issue : 2023, Vol., No.33

  • Liberal Democratic Party and Its Religious Mobilization

    Sohn Sukeui | 2023, (33) | pp.47~79 | number of Cited : 0
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    The purpose of this study is to examine the rationality behind the associations between Japan’s Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) and the Family Federation for World Peace and Unification (widely known as the Unification Church, hereafter UC). The findings are as follows. First, the politicians perceive religious organizations as potential source of organized votes, which becomes the incentives for both sides to develop interdependence through ‘informal institutions’. While the Asahi Shinbun survey did not reveal any factional bias among those who admitted associations with the UC, the likelihood was higher for those whose electoral bases were weak. The individual LDP representatives maintained ‘loose’ connections with the religious organization within their districts because of the low cost of maintaining them. Furthermore, while the LDP and the UC share similar policy preferences in terms of national security and ‘family values,’ no significant gap was found between those who were associatied with the UC and those who were not. This paper demonstrates that it was largely the electoral rationality that urged the individual LDP representatives to incorporate organized votes from religious organizations, rather than the proximity of policy preferences.
  • A Study on the expression of ‘Rejection’ on the ‘Suggest’ of Koreans and Japanese: Focusing on the comparison of Japanese textbooks and discourse reproduction cases

    Suklim Yoon | 2023, (33) | pp.81~112 | number of Cited : 0
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    This study examined the expressions of ‘rejection’ on the ‘suggest’ from Japanese textbooks and discourse examples. As a result, the following conclusion was reached. First, the license text has separate learning points so that learners can acquire the expression of ‘rejection’ in Japanese by organizing text conversations based on the Japanese’s ‘modesty line strategy’. On the other hand, Japanese textbooks published in Korea used the expression ‘rejection’ according to the flow of textual conversation. Second, in Japanese textbooks, the typical expressions ‘shiyouka/shimasyouka’ and ‘shinaika/shimasenn(ka)’ forms of ‘rejection’ were used the most. However, in the discourse case, not only typical expressions but also atypical expressions were used in various ways. Third, the license publication text was rejected by progressing the conversation step by step based on ‘modesty line strategy’. However, in the discourse case, there was also a ‘direct rejection’ that was different from ‘modesty line strategy’.
  • A study on Japanese court dance for the study of Korean ancient dance : Focusing on the reconstruction and current issues of the Japanese Goguryeo dance <Komaryo(狛龍)>

    Taequ Park | 2023, (33) | pp.113~135 | number of Cited : 0
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    This paper studied in the literature records and the current issues of dance reconstruction of <Komaryo>. According to 『Gyoukunsho』, <Komaryo> danced on a ‘Komagata’(shaped like a horse). This paper pays attention on ‘Komagata’ of <Komaryo>. Komagata is a horse sculpture and symbolizes a divine being, swift dragon-horse. But <Komaryo> is emphasizing a swift dragon, not a horse, so it became an important point determining performance style. For instance, <Komaryo>, reconstructed by Tenri University, is a two-person dance, with dragon-shaped costumes and silver rods and the cintamani (如意珠) as props. However, the problem is that while the image of the dragon was embodied, the Komagata shown in the literature was not used at all. Accordingly, Tenri University’s reconstruction of <Komaryo> requires supplementation, modification, and reconsideration in many ways. Tenri University’s attempting to reconstruct works that have not been transmitted has the primary purpose, which performs musics that have not been performed so far, not research. But I think, considering the historicity and significance of Gagaku(雅楽), which has been handed down from East Asian countries including Korea, it is necessary to consider approaching of literature records, not only the possibility of performances. It expects that the <Komaryo> will be supplemented through more extensive research and soliciting opinions.