About Us

The Contemporary China Research Base was established in the University of Tokyo's Institute of Social Science (ISS) in April 2007 to conduct research on Economic Growth and Stability in China. The Base is a collaboration between the University of Tokyo and the National Institutes for the Humanities (NIHU), an Inter-University Research Institute Corporation in Japan.

The main purpose of the research activities at our center is to create a long-term perspective of China’s economic development by analyzing its history, institution, foreign relations, and local economy and society. In order to achieve this goal, we will organize a network of scholars working on China on the basis of various disciplines, including economics, law, political science, history, and sociology. Furthermore, we hope to train young scholars through our research activities by involving graduate students and postdoctoral researchers into our project.

Since its establishment in 1946, the Institute of Social Science at the University of Tokyo has maintained area studies as one of its focus of research. The Institute has a tradition of China studies based on economics, law, and political science. Based on the exchange agreement with the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS) signed in 1986, the University of Tokyo has exchanged scholars, invited visiting professors, and conducted several joint research projects with the institutes under CASS, creating a wide network of researchers and accumulating exchange experiences.

Our center will make full use of this basis and will continue to organize workshops, conduct field research, and collect micro data. Our center will also contribute to the construction of “Asian Research Library” at the University of Tokyo. We will also contribute some of our collected data to the Center for Social Research and Data Archives at the Institute of Social Science to make them available for public use. Through these activities, we will create a resource center for China studies

In August 2011, the Base has held an international workshop on China’s industrial development and finance at Kaifeng, Henan Province, jointly with the School of Economics of Henan University, and "Chinese Economic History Journal" of CASS. The Base has also organized a small workshop with the Research Institute for Humanity and Nature to prepare for the International Symposium which will be organized jointly by the six China Study bases in January 2012. Moreover, the Base has co-sponsored research meetings with the East Asian Study Center of Kyoto University, Institute of Research in Humanities of Kyoto University, MMRC of Tokyo University, and the Automobile Research Group of the Society for Industrial Studies (Japan).