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History

(Academic Year)

1961
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.
1964
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 the humanities and social sciences in Japan.
1967
Start of Program for Extensive-Period Field Research started.
1974
Intensive Language Course fully launched.
1978
The introduction of mainframe computer.
1983
The establishment of the office of the Overseas Scientific Research Coordination Team.
1991
Sixteen small sections integrated into four major sections.
1992
Participation in the doctoral program of the Graduate School of Area and Culture Studies, TUFS, by some staff.
1995
Designated as one of the Centers of Excellence (COE) by the Japanese Ministry of Education.
1996
Held the first international symposium, "Human Flow and Creation of New Cultures in Southeast Asia" as a COE.
1997
Information Resources Center (IRC) set up.
2001
Grant-in-Aid for COE Research, "Grammatological Informatics based on Corpora of Asian Scripts (GICAS)" started. (-2005)
2002
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)
2004
Tokyo University of Foreign Studies was corporatized.
2005
Research Project Division consisting of five Research Units set up.
Field Science Center (FSC) set up.
Islam and Middle Eastern Study Project (MEIS) started.
Japan Center for Middle Eastern Studies (JaCMES) in Beirut, Lebanon, set up.
2006
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 the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT).
2007
Kota Kinabalu Liaison Office in Sabah province, Malaysia, set up.
2008
Linguistic Dynamics Science Project (LingDy) started.
2010
Designated by MEXT as an “International Research Center for Languages and Cultures of Asia and Africa”.

Successive 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
2001-2005MiyazakiI, Koji
2005-2006Uchibori, Motomitsu
2006-2009Otsuka, Kazuo
2009-2013Kurihara, Hirohide
2013-Mio, Yuko


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