The Center for Cultural Research and Studies (CCRS) offers abroad- based educational and research program, in the humanities, social sciences, physical education and education course. Through this program, the Center is working to achieve the universityfs goals of internationalization, human development, and the promotion of regional industry, education, and culture.
The Center is composed of scholar-teachers in the following disciplines: education, literature, psychology, law, urban and regional planning, physical education, and sociology. In addition to offering courses in their disciplines, Center members have invited students to participate in field work and have involved students in special research projects. Students are welcome to use a growing collection of books and videotapes that the Center is developing. Programs to investigate the use of computers in the humanities, the social science disciplines and physical education are now underway at the university and will welcome student participation.
Computer science, the basic field of study at the University of Aizu, cannot develop properly without proper attention to basic issues of ethics and human development. These issues are complex and are best explored through a variety of disciplines, several of which are represented at the Center. The Center blends these varieties to extend the frontiers of knowledge. Through the Center's program, the University of Aizu can prepare both researchers and students for work that benefits society as a whole, in Japan and internationally. This is a unique feature of this Center. The Center publishes its own "Annual Review".
Each of the faculty members in this Center has his/her own discipline and subject for studying and teaching.
- Professor Koji Gotoh has studied modern Japanese literature and lectures on literature.
His present research subject is Kunikida Doppo and other authors of those days. In addition to that, he is now a
course leader of the new course hJapanese Writ
- Professor Koichi Hasegawa studies Kendo history and teaches physical education and physical training.
His research theme is hThe systematization and construction of Kendo techniquesh. He has been coaching Kendo
in Germany and Italy in recent years.
- Professor Tomoko Izumita has been developing the interdisciplinary course of hthe Humanities and Computerh
as a part of general education for students in computer science and technology since April 1998. Her current
interest centers around Spatial data analysis using GIS, Landscape planning, Operational Research, and Telework
centers. (note; Professor Izumita passed away on May 29th 2008 because of illness.)
- Professor Noriyuki Kikuchi researches psychology for adolescents and teaches educational psychology for adolescents
and so on. His research theme is hCareer choice in the adolescenceh. An attitude survey on students' decision of
career is underway.
- Professor Ken Nakazawa researches exercise psychology and teaches physical education and physical training.
His research theme is hAssessing the stages of change for exercise behavior among preadolescents, adolescent
middleaged adults, and older adults in Aizuwakamatsu Cityh.
- Professor Koichi Ota has made a study of educational thought in western countries. He teaches subjects of
education course such as introduction to education and so on. His research concerns the educational thought of J. A.
- Professor Atsunobu Sasaki has been researching communities positively, and he teaches sociology. His current
theme is a local community system that combines medical care with social welfare in an aged society.
- Professor Masaya Seino is interested in intellectual property rights. Before coming to this university
he has been engaged in legislative work at the Secretariat of the House of Councillors since April, 1983.
His main subjects are Law, the Constitution of Japan and Ethics in information society.