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Introduction: (日本語版は、英語版の下にあります。)

NIMOU (Japanese Studies Information Network, NIMOU) is a database of researchers and institutions around the world engaged in Japanese studies run by the International Research Center for Japanese Studies (Nichibunken). It facilitates exchanges among Japanese studies scholars and research institutions helping to grasp the trends of Japanese studies and academic bodies involved in Japanese studies in various countries.


In 2012, Nichibunken launched a project to create a database of Japanese studies scholars 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 research institutions engaged in Japanese studies, as available on the internet from around the world, was collected and made available in the form of a database. In 2021, a new system with newly and updated information was launched. 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). The database logo is placed on the top of the homepage.


NIMOU is dedicated for the promotion of 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 are becoming increasingly complicated day by day. For this reason, Nichibunken aims to maintain and share a common platform to the public through NIMOU. NIMOU is highly useful to locate and contact Japanese researchers and institutions, and may facilitates cross discipline cooperation across national borders. The primary users are expected to be researchers, students, university staffs, government agencies and mass media involved in Japanese studies.

What type of Information Available?

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

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

** Aforesaid items 3  and 4 are on 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 URL 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 Site Policy)

How to Search?

NIMOU offers the following two search methods.

  1. You can 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.
  2. You may also choose search from keywords. The database provides for a keyword search field at the top of the website. You can enter free keywords in the “Research Interests” field to search researchers having specific research interests. You may also simultaneously use keyword and category searches.


  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 Site Policy. Information about the Site Policy can be found below. Please read it carefully before using the database.

If you wish to update or delete your registered information in this database, please contact us at the address listed in the Contact Us section.

© International Research Center for Japanese Studies. All rights reserved.


Site Policy

(provisional translation)

By using the Nihon Kenkyu Jōhōmō 日本研究情報網 (hereafter mentioned as the “database”), the user agrees to all of the following.


The information offered on this database is collected by the International Research Center for Japanese Studies (hereafter mentioned as “Nichibunken”) from information available on the websites of various institutions, or independently collected by Nichibunken. The copyrights to the information offered on this database are as stated by the source websites, or held by Nichibunken, the individual institutions and researchers. Therefore, the information available on this database may not be used beyond the scope of exceptions such as “personal use” or “quotation” as permitted by the Copyright Laws. If you wish to use the information beyond the scope of such exceptions, you must either obtain explicit permission from Nichibunken or follow the usage policies stated by the source website. Moreover, all or part of the contents of this website may not be modified or used without Nichibunken’s explicit permission.

About Personal Information:

This database offers information of researchers and institutions, as well as Nichibunken’s research activities, with the sole objective to promote exchanges among Japanese studies scholars and contribute to the international development of Japanese studies. Only information that is made available to the general public by researchers and institutions is considered for inclusion. Please contact us if you wish to modify or delete any of the information available on this database.

Access Logs and Cookies:

This database employs Google Analytics, an access analysis tool offered by Google. Google Analytics uses cookies to collect traffic data. However, traffic data is collected anonymously and does not identify individual users. Please visit for more information on Google Analytics.

Links to this site:

You may freely link to this database. However, please note that the URL is subject to change without prior notice. Also, if you link to this database, please specify that clearly.


Nichibunken shall not be held liable for any trouble, damage, or loss arising from the use of this database or information available on this database. Moreover, Nichibunken neither endorses nor recommends, or guarantees any or part of the researchers or institutions listed on this database or their respective research contents or services. Nichibunken is not responsible for the accuracy, currency, or comprehensiveness of the information offered over this database. Other websites linked to this database are governed by the terms and conditions of the respective websites.


Please be aware that the information of this database is subject to change or deletion without prior notice.










  1. 講演を依頼する研究者を探す。
  2. 国際研究会の参加者・協力者を探す。
  3. 研究会の仲間を探す。
  4. 他国にカウンターパートを探す。
  5. 各国の日本研究の動向を知る。
  6. 研究者や機関について、ニモウに登録のウェブサイトや資料を通して情報を集める。




  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. 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。
  4. 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. 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。
  2. 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。



  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、ニモウのサイトポリシーに同意したことになります。サイトポリシーは下記に記載されている通りです。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。


















 当サイトへのリンクは自由です。ただし、URL は予告なく変更される場合があります。また、当サイトへのリンクであることを明記してください。






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