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Purpose and History

The Japan Women’s University Research Institute was established on April 1st, 1995, with the purpose of contributing to the educational needs of the graduate school, academic departments, attached schools and kindergarten, as well as promoting interdisciplinary joint research within the university. This aim is in fulfillment of the university’s educational principles.

The institute has its origins in the former Child Studies Research Center (opened in 1928), the Farmers’ Life Research Center (opened 1952), and the Women’s Education Research Center (opened 1964). With each center having its unique history, the three found it difficult to cooperate, but by the end of the 1980s, an idea had emerged for integrating the three facilities into one research center in line with the university’s education and research policies. The idea was that the center could be a place where people from all levels of the university could would together on appropriate projects.