Weekly Opinion
Yasushi Oyabu

Communication and Embodiment

Miho Kitamura
Associate Professor at the Waseda Institute for Advanced Study

We exchange words and convey feelings. Communication is an important part of our daily lives. Communication is likewise important to animals for the sake of survival. However, to us humans—living life surrounded by many strangers outside our family— we can benefit a lot more from communicating and making a good impression on others. [More...]

(May. 22)


Fine Arts

Gustave Courbet in 21st-Century France and Japan

Yoko Kitamura
Professor of the School of Culture, Media and Society, Faculty of Letters, Arts and Sciences, Waseda University

Gustave Courbet (1819-1877) was a French painter involved in the 19th-century realism movement. His famous works A Burial at Ornans and The Painter’s Studio are large paintings with a height of 3 meters and a width of 7 meters. Both of these works provoked severe criticism when they were first revealed. Even now, the “lack of common sense” in these works can be felt when viewing the actual paintings at the Musee d'Orsay in Paris, a museum which held a large-scale replacement of exhibitions in 2011. [More...]

(Aug. 9)


Knowledge Co-Creation - Profiles of researchers

Explaining the Japanese Economy’s Lost Decades Using Macroeconomic Models

Kozo Ueda
Professor, Faculty of Political Science and Economics, Waseda University

In college, I majored in physics and continued studying it in graduate school. After working at the Bank of Japan for 14 years, I became a university teaching staff. Whenever I tell people that I changed my major from physics to economics, people usually get surprised. [More...]

(Apr. 11)

Waseda research zone - latest news on project research

Establishing a Measure for Assessing Health Effects of Chemicals on the Brain and Mind

Modern economic growth has utilized various kinds of chemicals in large amounts in order to build an affluent society. While chemicals, in the first place, are developed to enrich people’s lives, many of them have harmful effects on people and the environment. [More...]

(Mar. 14)


Waseda during the Occupied Era 1945–1952: Groping toward Rebirth—Looking Back on the History of Waseda in Occupied Japan

Kyohei Sagawa
Assistant, Waseda University Archives

Japan accepted the Potsdam Declaration and agreed to unconditional surrender when the Asia-Pacific War officially ended on August 15, 1945. Afterwards, the country was occupied by the General Headquarters (GHQ), the Supreme Commander for the Allied Powers, until the enactment of the San Francisco Peace Treaty on April 28, 1952. [More...]

(Mar. 22)