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NIMOU (Japanese Studies Information Network, NIMOU) is a list of researchers and institutions from all over the world engaged in Japanese studies built by the International Research Center for Japanese Studies (Nichibunken). NIMOU helps scholars and institutions to explore the trends and activities of Japanese studies in their respective countries and regions, and to save time to search Japanese studies scholars and research institutions distributed around the world.


In 2012, Nichibunken launched a project to build a list of Japanese studies scholars and research institutions in order to facilitate exchanges and transnational research cooperation among researchers around the world engaged in Japanese studies. Initially, a list of foreign researchers who visited Nichibunken on various programs was prepared. Later, information of Japanese scholars and institutions engaged in Japanese studies was collected mainly from the internet and made available in the form of a database. In 2021, a revised version with newly and updated information was made available online. This database was named as NIMOU, a new nomenclature made by using two Chinese characters from its Japanese “Nihon Kenkyu Jōhōmō” (日本研究情報網). NIMOU’s logo has been placed on the top of the homepage.


NIMOU is built to promote international research cooperation among scholars and research institutions involved in Japanese studies. Due to the generational change and increasing international mobility of Japanese studies scholars, networking among scholars and institutions is becoming increasingly complicated day by day. Moreover, the nature and scope of Japanese studies in various countries and regions are increasingly becoming diverse day by day. As a result, the state of Japanese studies can only be understood in a fragmented and partial manner. Accordingly, Nichibunken aims to maintain and share the global network of Japanese studies that is accessible to scholars, and by doing so, facilitates cooperation among Japanese studies scholars and institutions around the world through NIMOU.

NIMOU stores basic information like names of the researchers and institutions engaged in Japanese studies, and makes them searchable. It is possible to navigate to websites and relevant sources related to the researcher or institution from the URLs made available as part of the basic information and gather further information. It is possible to save time while gathering information about global Japanese studies via NIMOU. NIMOU helps scholars and institutions to explore the trends and activities of Japanese studies in their respective countries and regions for reference and to locate and cooperate with other scholars. NIMOU may be used only by members of academic institutions for academic purposes. 

Usage Scenarios

  1. Search Japanese studies scholars and institutions around the world.
  2. Gather further information through the URLs provided as part of the scholar’s and institutions basic information.
  3. Find out the state of Japanese studies around the world.
  4. Search prospective participants and collaborators for international research projects.
  5. Find research counterparts in other countries.

What type of Information Available?

Following are some of the primary information available in this database.

  1. Name, affiliation, discipline and research interests of the individual researcher.
  2. Location and contact information of the institution to which the researcher is currently affiliated.
  3. URLs of the Japanese Studies Researcher and Institutions.
  4. Nichibunken’s research activities, and records of accomplishments that Nichibunken had done with overseas researchers.
  5. Selected articles published in Japanese studies around the world journal.

** Aforesaid items 3 and 4 are in the pipeline.


Source of Information:

Information available on NIMOU has been collected from the following main sources.

  1. Websites of research institutes (cited information has been suitably edited as per necessity).
  2. Information collected by Nichibunken through inquiries from individual institution and researcher.
  3. Information collected through Nichibunken’s research activities.


  The URLs of the cited websites have been shown on the researcher and institution’s detailed information page. However, due to the very nature of the web, the links at times may be broken. The available content has been translated from local language(s) into Japanese or English when required.

  Please be aware that even though the information available in this database is published on the websites of the respective cited sources, it also includes contact information. So please handle information carefully solely at your own responsibility. Be a responsible researcher and respect copyrights regulations. (For details, please refer Terms of Use and Privacy Policy)

How to Search?

NIMOU offers the following two search methods.

  1. You can choose search from keywords. The database provides keyword search fields at the top of the website. For instance, you can enter free keywords in the “Research Interests” field to search for researchers having specific research interests. You may also simultaneously use keyword and category searches.
  2. You may also choose the search from category to find the names of institutions and researchers engaged in Japanese studies around the world, their locations, research fields, and so forth.


  1. The information offered in NIMOU is no way promised to be accurate and up-to-date. Therefore, users are advised to check the source websites or search the web by themselves for accurate and up-to-date information.
  2. When you start using NIMOU, you are agreeing to the database’s Terms of Use. Please read it carefully before using the database.

If you wish to update or delete your registered information in this database, please contact us through Register page or Contact page.













  1. 世界各国・地域の日本研究者や機関を探す。
  2. 研究者や機関の基本情報として収集されたURLを通して更なる情報を得る。
  3. 世界の日本研究の動向を知る。
  4. 国際研究会の参加者・協力者を探す。
  5. 他国にカウンターパートを探す。





  1. 研究者の名前、所属、研究分野や研究関心など。
  2. その研究者が所属する機関の所在地や連絡先など。
  3. 各研究者と機関に関連するURL
  4. 日文研が行っている研究活動や日文研が海外の研究者と一緒に行った研究活動の記録や報告書。
  5. 日文研が発行する雑誌『世界の日本研究』の記事。




  1. 各研究機関のウェブサイト(掲載されている情報を引用し箇条書き等に編集しています)。
  2. 日文研が各機関や研究者に問い合わせて収集した情報。
  3. 日文研の研究活動を通して収集した情報。







  1. キーワード検索。ウェブサイトの上部にキーワード検索用の窓を設置しました。「研究関心」の窓からは、キーワードを自由に入力して研究者の具体的な研究関心を調べられます。キーワードとカテゴリー検索を組み合わせることもできます。
  2. カテゴリー検索を使って、世界の日本研究の機関や研究者の名前を探したり、その所在地や研究分野などを調べたりできます。



  1. ニモウが提供する情報は、正確性と最新性を保証していません。したがって、そのような情報が必要な場合、利用者にはご自身で情報源のウェブサイトを確認したり、ウェブを検索したりすることをお勧めします。
  2. ニモウの利用者は、利用を開始した時点で、ニモウの利用規約に同意したことになります。免責事項についても記されていますので、利用にあたり必ずお読みください。