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Academic Chronology

(Academic Year)

The Science Council of Japan issued a recommendation to establish an inter-university research institution for the study of the languages and cultures of Asia and Africa.
ILCAA was established as an affiliate of the Tokyo University of Foreign Studies, and as the first institution to be designated as an Inter-University Institution in humanities and social sciences in Japan.
Programme for Extensive-Period Field Research started.
Intensive Language Course started in full swing.
The introduction of mainframe computer.
The office of the Overseas Scientific Research Coordination Team was established.
Integrated sixteen small sections into four major sections.
Participation in doctoral program of the Graduate School of Area and Culture Studies, TUFS by some staff.
Designated as one of the Centers of Excellence (COE) by the Japanese Ministry of Education.
The first international symposium, ‘Human Flow and Creation of New Cultures in Southeast Asia’ as a COE was held.
The Information Resources Center (IRC) was established.
Grant-in-Aid for COE Research, ‘Grammatological Informatics based on Corpora of Asian Scripts (GICAS)’ started. (-2005)
Relocated from old Nishigahara campus to current Fuchu campus.
Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research on Priority Areas, ‘Distribution and Sharing of Resources in Symbolic and Ecological Systems: Integrative Model-building in Anthropology’ started. (-2006)
Tokyo University of Foreign Studies was corporatized.
The Research Project Division consisting of five Research Units was established.
The Field Science Center (FSC) was established.
The Islam and Middle Eastern Study Project (MEIS) was started (–2009).
The Japan Center for Middle Eastern Studies (JaCMES) was established in Beirut, Lebanon.
The project, ‘Islam in Southeast Asia: Dynamics of Transnational Networks and Local Contexts’ (ISEA) started within the framework of ‘Project to Promote Responding-to-Needs Type Global Area Studies' of Japanese MEXT (–2010).
The Kota Kinabalu Liaison Office was established in Sabah province, Malaysia.
The Linguistic Dynamics Science Project (LingDy) was started (–2012).
ILCAA was designated as a Joint Usage/Research center ‘International Research Center for Languages and Cultures of Asia and Africa’ by Japanese MEXT. Core Research Programs representing joint research activities of the Institute were launched as a main point of the medium-term research strategy.
The Linguistic Dynamics Science Project 2 (LingDy2) was started. (-2015)
ILCAA celebrated the 50th anniversary of its establishment.
Five Research Units of Research Project Division integrated into three new Units.
lnstitute-wide Research Program ‘Establishment of a New Cooperative Research System for Solving Contemporary Problems in Asia and Africa’ was started (–2021).
Due to reorganization of the Graduate School of TUFS, Asian and African Field Science Research Program was established in doctoral program.
The category of ‘Joint Research Group’ was introduced to foster incipient new research projects.
TUFS Field Science Commons (TUFiSCo) was established as a university-wide research organization led by ILCAA.

Past Directors

1964–1972OKA, Masao
1972–1974TOKUNAGA, Yasumoto
1974–1983 KITAMURA, Hajime
1983–1989UMEDA, Hiroyuki
1989–1991YAMAGUCHI, Masao
1991–1995KAMIOKA, Koji
1995–1997IKEHATA, Setsuho
1997–2001 ISHII, Hiroshi
2001–2005MIYAZAKI, Koji
2005–2006UCHIBORI, Motomitsu
2006–2009OTSUKA, Kazuo
2009–2013KURIHARA, Hirohide
2013–2015MIO, Yuko
2015–2019IIZUKA, Masato
2019–2023HOSHI, Izumi
2023– KONDO, Nobuaki

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