Weekly Opinion
Andrew Domondon

Creation of Reconciliation Studies
Working toward a Shared Civic Awareness for Resolving the Problems of East Asia

Toyomi Asano
Professor, Faculty of Political Science and Economics, Waseda University

The sense of morality and justice among modern people cannot exist without being influenced by a sense of membership of a "good national citizen". It is also important to consider the universal civic values related to human rights. This raises the question—can universal civic values that have nothing to do with national values exist? [More...]

(Sep. 19)


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

Delving into the Truth of Idealism and Realism through Kantian Philosophy

Kiyoshi Chiba
Associate Professor, School of Social Sciences, Waseda University

I started reading about social and political theory when I was in junior high school, and by the time I was in high school, I was knowledgeable enough to engage in political discussions with my friends. Eventually, my fascination shifted towards philosophy, and I decided that I wanted to study philosophy at Kyoto University. [More...]

(Aug. 8)

Waseda research zone - latest news on project research

Formation on Integrated Maritime Law Research and Education Center Promoted through the Joint Effort of Industry-Academia-Government

Japan is an island nation. Historically, Japan has interacted and traded with East Asia and the world by sea. Today, 99.9% (weight base) of transnational logistics in Japan is dependent on maritime transport. [More...]

(Jul. 11)


Ben Wada and His Earliest TV Dramas

Keisho Kihara
Research Associate, Tsubouchi Memorial Theatre Museum, Waseda University

A variety of different TV dramas—ranging from its infancy through to the present day—were selected for exhibition entitled “Dreaming Media: TV Drama Exhibition” held in the Tsubouchi Memorial Theatre Museum of Waseda University (May 13 to August 6, 2017). [More...]

(July. 26)