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The website “ILCAA Online Resources Catalogue” opened.

This site provides a database of online resources that are developed by Information Resource Center (IRC) Projects, Joint Research Projects, and KAKENHI projects. You can search resources by any keyword, region, type of resource, and so on.

オンラインリソースポータルサイト





ILCAA Intensive Language Course ONLINE

This is a web-based language learning material based on the textbooks used in the four of ILCAA Intensive Language Courses in the past: Akan, Jinghpaw, Balinese, and Mongolian. Sections of pronunciation, greetings, and conversations included in each section are displayed with the sound. (PDF files of the textbooks are also available on the website.)

ILCAA Intensive Language Course ONLINE


Dr. Reiko OTSUBO (ILCAA Research Fellow) and Professor Emeritus Jun’ichi ODA (ILCAA Research Fellow) won the JSAI Incentive Award of 2020AY.

Dr. Reiko OTSUBO (ILCAA Research Fellow) and Professor Emeritus Jun’ichi ODA (ILCAA Research Fellow) won the 2020AY Incentive Award of the Japanese Society for Artificial Intelligence by their paper, “Ontology Construction for Khat (Catha edulis).” The awarding ceremony will be held on June 21st, 2021 at the Tokyo Waterfront, National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST).


Dr. Yui KANDA (JSPS Research Fellow/ILCAA) won the 27th Grand Prize of the Kajima Foundation for the Arts

Dr. Yui KANDA (JSPS Research Fellow/ILCAA) won the 27th Grand Prize of the Kajima Foundation for the Arts by her paper, “A Newly-found Candlestick endowed to the Mausoleum of Imam Musa al-Kazim, Kazimayn. The prize is the most authoritative in the field of art studies in Japan. The awarding ceremony will be held on May 20, 2021.


Associate Prof. Hiroki ISHIKAWA won the Best Presentation Award at the 30th Annual Conference of the Japanese Association for Nilo-Ethiopian Studies

Associate Prof., Ph.D. Hiroki ISHIKAWA (ILCAA) won the Best Presentation Award at the 30th Annual Conference of the Japanese Association for Nilo-Ethiopian Studies for his presentation “On the Change of Importance of Teff in Northern Ethiopia during the 16th and 18th Centuries.”


A video of the 15th Tokyo-4Univ. Lecture was released.

A video of online lectures of the 15th Tokyo-4Univ. Lecture, where Prof. Yoichi TAKAMATSU gave a presentation, was released. This event, organized by the Union of four universities in Tokyo consisting of Tokyo Medical and Dental University, Tokyo University of Foreign Studies, Tokyo Institute of Technology, and Hitotsubashi University, was held in October 11, 2020.

The 15th Tokyo-4Univ. Lecture

The lecture of Prof. TAKAMATSU is available via this link here.



Prof. Izumi HOSHI appeared on the radio program by TBS.

Professor Izumi HOSHI remotely attended TBS radio program "After 6 Junction” (https://www.tbsradio.jp/a6j/) broadcast on March 2, 2021. In the program, she talked about the present of Tibetan literature, focusing on the book “White Crane, Lend Me Your Wings: A Tibetan Tale of Love and War” (Tsewang Yishey Pemba, Translated in Japanese by Izumi Hoshi, 2020, ILCAA/Shoshikankanbou), published as an outcome of ILCAA Core Research Project Linguistic Dynamics Science 3 (LingDy3).

The past programs can be heard on the application “TBS Radio Cloud”.

The book “White Crane, Lend Me Your Wings: A Tibetan Tale of Love and War” are is introduced through various media. Please check this linked page.



Publication of an article associated with our past exhibition “Mask Migrations” held in 2020

An article on mask cultures of Middle Eastern women associated with our exhibition “Mask Migrations: Untold Stories of Women in the Arabian-Persian Gulf” (held in September–October 2020) was published with the title of “‘Mustache-shaped’ mask is a sign of being a lady — world of Middle Eastern women covered with veil” as one of feature articles “The world changing with masks” in the February 2021 issue of “GLOBE+” of Asahi Shimbun. The published article includes the photographs of Manami GOTO (JSPS Research Fellow/ILCAA), who participated in the planning and management of the exhibition.

The feature articles in the February 2021 issue of “GLOBE+” of Asahi Shimbun are reedited and available via the following links:

Mustache-shaped mask means “I’m married, stay away from me” — interview with Middle Eastern women on “covering their faces”

Women continue to put masks even though it is said to be “outdated” — the profound world of mask culture in the Middle East

A video of Associate Professor Hiroki ISHIKAWA introducing his research to high school students was released.

A video of the presentation “Thinking about the World in Terms of African History”, made by Associate Professor Hiroki ISHIKAWA at the request of Kawai-juku, is now showing. This presentation, made as one of the activities relating to our past Core Project “Pluralistic World Understanding based on African Studies” completed in 2015, was made for the event “For Learning about Attractive Features of Advanced Research — Super Presentation by Advanced Researchers” organized by Kawai-juku Mirai-Bu-Plus at Tama Senior High School, Kanagawa, on November 27th, 2018. The video is currently introduced as one of the video series “Make a Trip to the Academic World” , in the special project “Beyond Coronavirus — Emergency Cheering Project for Junior and Senior High School Students” produced by Mirai-Bu-Plus.

The presentation by Associate Prof. Ishikawa is available viathe following link.



Junior Research Fellow Shinya UEDA (ILCAA) was awarded the Prize of Southeast Asian Historical Studies in 2020

Junior Research Fellow Shinya UEDA (ILCAA) was awarded the Prize of Southeast Asian Historical Studies by the Japan Society for Southeast Asian Studies on December 19th, 2020 for his publication, Politics and society in late premodern Vietnam (written in Japanese, 2019, Osaka University Press)


JSPS Research Fellow Mami GOTO (ILCAA) was awarded the Prize of Poster Presentation Awards for young researchers by JSPS Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research on Innovative Areas “Construction of the Face-Body studies in transcultural conditions”

JSPS Research Fellow Mami GOTO (ILCAA) was awarded the Prize of Poster Presentation Awards for young researchers by JSPS Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research on Innovative Areas “Construction of the Face-Body studies in transcultural conditions” by her presentation, “Generational Changes in the Traditional Dress of Qatari Women”


JSPS Research Fellow Akiko YOKOYAMA (ILCAA) was awarded 2020 Seizen Nakasone Research Encouragement Award

JSPS Research Fellow Akiko YOKOYAMA (ILCAA) was awarded 2020 Seizen Nakasone Research Encouragement Award by the Okinawa Center of Language Study on October 3rd, 2020.


Prof. Nobuaki KONDO has been selected as the winner of the foreign section in the 11th Farabi International Award for Humanities and Islamic Studies

Prof. Nobuaki KONDO (ILCAA) has been selected as the winner of the foreign section in the 11th Farabi International Award for Humanities and Islamic Studies which is affiliated to the ministry of Science, Research and Technology in Iran. The main subject of the Award is to recognize and introduce top research works in the humanities and Islamic studies. The online ceremony has been held on Monday, August 17.

On October 13, the awarding ceremony for Prof. Nobuaki KONDO, a winner of the 11th Farabi International Award for Humanities and Islamic Studies was held at the Embassy of the Islamic Republic of Iran in Japan. TUFS News (in Japanese)











Assistant Prof. Wakako Kumakura won the Toryusho, one of the 2020AY JCAS Awards.

Assistant Prof., Ph.D Wakako Kumakura (ILCAA) won the Toryusho, one of the 2020AY Awards from the Japan Consortium for Area Studies (JCAS Awards) for her publication, Nile Irrigation and the Land System in Medieval Egypt (written in Japanese, 2019, University of Tokyo Press).
JCAS Awards aims to recognize outstanding study in the area studies. The Toryusho, one of the JCAS Awards is awarded to young outstanding researchers.



Final Edition: Questionnaire Results on COVID-19 and KAKENHI (Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research)

Refer to the site here (the Overseas Scientific Research Coordination Team (OSC)).

Prof. Atsushi Yamada (ILCAA Joint Researcher) was awarded the 2019AY special award of Hokkaido Ethnological Society for the descriptive study of Parauk Wa, especially for Parauk Wa published from ILCAA.


Prof. Atsushi Yamada (ILCAA Joint Researcher, Japan Health Care College) was awarded the 2019AY special award of Hokkaido Ethnological Society for his descriptive study of Parauk Wa in the Yunnan Province (China) especially including Parauk Wa published in 2020. The book Parauk Wa is the second volume of the series “Descriptive Grammars”, published first from ILCAA, through the project LingDy3, and subsequently published commercially from Kurosio Publishers. He also published Parauk Wa Folktales in 2007 and Memories of Suganli: Oral Traditions of the Wa in Yunnan Province, China in 2009 from ILCAA. This award aims to recognize outstanding study in the ethnological studies such as anthropology, descriptive linguistics, archeology, etc.



Articles on the Public Exhibition “The World of Sibe Calligraphy: Collected Works of Getuken” was published in Japanese newspapers


Getuken, the featured Sibe Calligrapher in the public exhibition “The World of Sibe Calligraphy: Collected Works of Getuken” held at ILCAA, was interviewed by two newspapers (Yomiuri Shimbun and Asahi Shimbun) and articles on the exhibition were published in both papers. A video clip of his demonstration is also published on the website of the Asahi Shimbun.

Yomiuri Shimbun (in Japanese)
Asahi Shimbun (in Japanese)


All posters introducing our research projects are now on display at the 1st floor of Research and Lecture Building, TUFS (until the middle of December, 2019).

All posters exhibited on “2019 Poster Session Institute-wide Research Program: Establishment of a New Cooperative Research System for Solving Contemporary Problems in Asia and Africa” (held on 23–24 November, 2019;) (please refer this link site) are now on display at Galleria (the 1st floor of Research and Lecture Building), TUFS, until the middle of December, 2019. This exhibition aims to introduce several on-going projects of ILCAA.


Dr. Keisuke IWATA (JSPS Post-Doctoral Fellow/ILCAA) was awarded the Best Paper Award of the Society of Inner Asian Studies

Dr. Keisuke IWATA (JSPS Post-Doctoral Fellow/ILCAA) was awarded the Best Paper Award of the Society of Inner Asian Studies for his paper "The Qing's Policy Concerning the League-Banner System for Qinghai Mongol: Based on Pasture Demarcation in the First Half of the Eighteenth Century" (Inner Asian Studies, vol.34: 73–94).
This award aims to recognize outstanding paper in the field of inner Asian history. The award ceremony was held at 2019 Annual meeting of the Society of Inner Asian Studies on November 9th, 2019 at Tohoku University.


Minami Ryukyu Miyako go Irabujima Hougen (The Irabu Dialect, a Southern Ryukyuan Language) was awarded the 47th Kindaichi Memorial Prize


Minami Ryukyu Miyako go Irabujima Hougen (The Irabu Dialect, a Southern Ryukyuan Language) by Michinori Shimoji (Kyushu University, ILCAA Joint Researcher, ex-Research Associate of LingDy) was awarded the 47th Kindaichi Memorial Prize.
It is the first volume of the series "Descriptive Grammars", published first from ILCAA, through the project LingDy, and subsequently published commercially from Kurosio Publishers.
Kindaichi Memorial Prize is awarded once a year to outstanding research and achievements in linguistics and related studies by the Kindaichi Memorial Prize Committee since 1973.



Professor Hidemitsu KUROKI was interviewed by Serbian TV news programs

Three interviews in TV news programs, relating to the workshop “Lebanese, Yugoslavian, and Syrian Civil Wars and their Aftermath” sponsored by a project “Syrian Civil War in Comparison with Lebanese and Yugoslavian Civil Wars” (Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research, Japan Society for the Promotion of Science). The workshop was held on September 12, 2019, at the Institute of Contemporary History in Belgrade, Serbia, with cooperation of the institute.

Recorded: September 11, 2019 (On air: September 12, 2019) TANJUG (Serbian national news agency)

Predrag Markovic (Director of the Institute for Contemporary History), Tetsuya Sahara (Professor, Meiji University), Hidemitsu Kuroki (ILCAA)

Studio Live: September 13, 2019. RTS1(Channel 1, Serbian national TV station)
Recorded program (youtube)
Hidemitsu Kuroki (ILCAA), Tetsuya Sahara (Professor, Meiji University), Ali Kadri (Senior Fellow, National University of Singapore)

Studio Live: September 14, 2019. Novo Jutro (Serbian TV station)
Recorded program (youtube)
Predrag Markovic (Director of the Institute for Contemporary History), Hidemitsu Kuroki (ILCAA), Tetsuya Sahara (Professor, Meiji University)


Assistant Professor Keita Kurabe was awarded with the Best Paper Award of the Linguistic Society of Japan (2019)

Assistant Professor Keita Kurabe was awarded with the Best Paper Award of the Linguistic Society of Japan (2019) for his paper “Deaspiration and the Laryngeal Specification of Fricatives in Jinghpaw”. (Please refer to the Linguistic Society of Japan's website)
The purpose of this award is to support outstanding papers. The award ceremony will be held at the 159th Meeting of the Linguistic Society of Japan on November 17th, 2019, at Nagoya Gakuin University.



Ex-Director Hiroyuki UMEDA passed away

Ex-Director Hiroyuki UMEDA (Professor Emeritus, TUFS) passed away on July 1st, 2019. With recalling the achievements of the deceased, we would like to express our deepest condolences.

Director of the ILCAA, Izumi HOSHI


Dr. Hermann Gundert Endowment Award for Japanese-Malayalam Dictionary

The Dr. Hermann Gundert Endowment Award 2018-2019 was presented to Dr. K.P.P. Nambiar for his work entitled Japanese-Malayalam Dictionary on June 20 2019 by the Dravidian Linguistic Association of India, at the occasion of the 47th All India Conference of Dravidian Linguists (AICDL) held at the Central University of Karnataka, Gulbarga, India. This award is for the Best Dictionary in Dravidian Languages.
Japanese-Malayalam Dictionary authored by Dr. Nambiar and published by the State Institute of Languages (Government of Kerala) in March 2019 is a book format version of the Electronic Japanese-Malayalam Dictionary developed by the Research Institute for Languages and Cultures of Asia and Africa (ILCAA) under the direction of Professors Jun Takashima and Makoto Minegishi. This dictionary with more than 53,000 headwords containing modern vocabulay is the first full-fledged dictionary from Japanese to one of the major Dravidian languages, will be of great help for both Malayali and Japanese People to study each other’s language.

https://www.aa-ken.jp/edic/jmd/














Research Associate Hayato Aoi was awarded with the Best Presentation Award of the 157th Meeting of the Linguistic Society of Japan


Photo by The Linguistic Society of Japan

Research Associate Hayato Aoi received the Best Presentation Award of the 157th Meeting of the Linguistic Society of Japan for his presentation, “Plosives in Okinawa-Ie Ryukyuan”.
The purpose of this award is to support outstanding presentations and poster sessions. The Linguistic Society of Japan held an award ceremony at the 158th meeting on June 23, 2019 in Hitotsubashi University.



Associate Professor Norikazu Kogura wins the 46th Kindaichi Memorial Prize

Associate Professor, Norikazu Kogura, has been awarded the 46th Kindaichi Memorial Prize for his book “A study on the modality system in Sibe”.
This award aims to recognize outstanding research and achievements in the fields of language and culture, and has been awarded once a year by the Kindaichi Memorial Prize Committee since 1973.

The award ceremony was held on December 16, 2018.








Assistant Professor Keita Kurabe was awarded with the Best Presentation Award of the 156th Meeting of the Linguistic Society of Japan

Assistant Professor Keita Kurabe received the Best Presentation Award of the 156th Meeting of the Linguistic Society of Japan for his presentation, “The syllabicity of the word-initial nasal in Jinghpaw”.
The purpose of this award is to support outstanding presentations and poster sessions.
The Linguistic Society of Japan held an award ceremony at the 157th meeting on November 18, 2018 in Kyoto University.


Research Associate Hayato Aoi was awarded with Nakasone Seizen kenkyu shorei sho (Nakasone Seizen Research Encouragement Award) in the fiscal year 2018

Research Associate Hayato Aoi received Nakasone Seizen kenkyu shorei sho (Nakasone Seizen Research Encouragement Award) in the fiscal year 2018.
Okinawa Center of Language Study awards it with the purpose of training young Ryukyuan language researchers.




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