Research Centers

Reitaku Institute of Political Economics and Social Studies

The Reitaku Institute of Political Economics and Social Studies (RIPESS) aims to carry out research into economic problems, in both a comprehensive and interdisciplinary manner, from the perspective of international society, thus contributing to society as a whole by means of reporting research outcomes, giving policy proposals, and offering training programs and workshops. Particularly concerning the development of economic models or solutions to economic policy issues, RIPESS promotes cooperation with domestic or international researchers and widely shares the outcomes with the public through research meetings, lectures, seminars, and publication activities. It is now implementing individual and collaborative work plans, facilitating more than ten research projects yearly.

Center for the Comparative Study of Civilizations and Cultures

The Center for the Comparative Study of Civilizations and Cultures (CCSCC) is a research institute whose purpose is to contribute to world peace and the coexistence of humankind through advancing the comparative study of civilizations and cultures in our global society in the 21st century. Its research endeavors in the field of the comparative study of civilizations and cultures are based on the founding principles of Reitaku University which were advocated by Chikuro Hiroike; these are also in line with a key concept promoted by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, which enjoins making a “Contribution to the construction of a new civilization, a country having a greater intellectual presence.” The CCSCC organizes research activities, international conferences, and open seminars for citizens, as well as producing publications. Its academic findings appear in its bulletin, the Journal for the Comparative Study of Civilizations, which is highly evaluated internationally. The CCSCC also publishes a Hibunken Newsletter once a year.

Business Ethics and Compliance Research Center

Reitaku University’s Business Ethics and Compliance Research Center, or R-bec, aims to be a leading institute in the research of business ethics in the 21st century. From the perspective of ethical studies–one related to the educational ideas at the foundation of our university–R-bec examines economic and corporate activities and publicly presents its research results. In order to promulgate our findings, presentations have included Ethics Compliance Management System Standards (ECS 2000), An Internal Decision-Making Tool for the Prevention of Bribery of Foreign Public Officials (R-BEC0006), CSR Accounting Guidelines (R-BEC007), and Guidance on Internal Controls and Anti-Bribery Compliance (R-BEC013). The institute continues to hold regular research forums and serve as an information center in the field of business ethics.

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Linguistic Research Center

The Reitaku University Linguistic Research Center (LinC) was established as a center for linguistic research and language education research at Reitaku University, which carries a strong tradition of academic excellence in language education. With the aim of aligning linguistic research with language education research, academic research with undergraduate and postgraduate education, and developing inter- university research, this center not only conducts a variety of research projects but also holds regular research seminars, public symposiums, and lecture meetings.