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Zensho / University of Tokyo / Vietnam National University, Hanoi (VNU) Japan Research Base Program

This program, which aims to promote Japan-related research in Vietnam, was established at the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences to run for five years from 2011 through to 2015, through a donation from Zensho Holdings, Inc.

Japan-related research in Vietnam in recent years has reached a stage where it draws on original Japanese-language research materials. Accordingly, there is an increasingly urgent need to nurture young researchers with an advanced knowledge of both the Japanese language and across all disciplines in the humanities, through extended stays in Japan. In light of this situation, this program, with the cooperation of University of Social Sciences & Humanities, Vietnam National University, Hanoi (USSH VNU), aims to provide an opportunity for young researchers of Japan in Vietnam to encounter a wealth of scholarship on Japan, by (1) establishing Master's degree courses in "Traditional Japan", "Modern Japan", and "Contemporary Japan" at VNU's Graduate School's Asian Studies Department, which includes intensive lectures by our faculty members, and (2) selecting students from these Master's courses to take classes atour Graduate School of Arts and Sciences . In addition, we have established the Japan Research Base at VNU USSH, which stocks reference materials and key literature about Japan in order to create an environment in which Vietnamese undergraduate and graduate students can work closely with original Japanese-language texts.

This program's activities are carried out mainly through the efforts of three full-time faculty members from the University of Tokyo Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (Junichi Iwatsuki, Mareshi Saito, and Takashi Shimizu), and six full-time faculty members from the Department of Japanese Studies, Faculty of Oriental Studies at VNU USSH, under the direction of Phan Hải Linh. In 2011, with the cooperation of Japan specialists in the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, fourteen graduate students planning to do research on Japan were invited to School for a two-week training program. With the first intensive lecture planned for March 2012, we are aiming for a strong start to the program.

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