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Academic Chronology

(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 humanities and social sciences in Japan.
1967
Programme for Extensive-Period Field Research started.
1974
Intensive Language Course started in full swing.
1978
The introduction of mainframe computer.
1983
The office of the Overseas Scientific Research Coordination Team was established.
1991
Integrated sixteen small sections into four major sections.
1992
Participation in 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
The first international symposium, ‘Human Flow and Creation of New Cultures in Southeast Asia’ as a COE was held.
1997
The Information Resources Center (IRC) was established.
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
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.
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 Japanese MEXT (–2010).
2007
The Kota Kinabalu Liaison Office was established in Sabah province, Malaysia.
2008
The Linguistic Dynamics Science Project (LingDy) was started (–2012).
2010
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.
2013
The Linguistic Dynamics Science Project 2 (LingDy2) was started. (-2015)
2014
ILCAA celebrated the 50th anniversary of its establishment.
2016
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).
2018
Due to reorganization of the Graduate School of TUFS, Asian and African Field Science Research Program was established in doctoral program.
2019
The category of ‘Joint Research Group’ was introduced to foster incipient new research projects.

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– HOSHI, Izumi


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