The Center for Asian and Pacific Studies (CAPS) was established in 1981 at Seikei University to promote academic research and communication between scholars in the Asia Pacific region. CAPS is operated by research and secretarial staffs appointed by the President of Seikei University. Members of the CAPS steering committee, who represent five faculties — Economics, Management, Science and Technology, Humanities, and Law — provide CAPS with approval/advice on the policies.
The Asia and Pacific Rim has received the growing attention of scholars and practitioners in policy-making and businesses because of the dynamic changes in politics, economies and societies. Due partly to rapid economic growth, environmental problems have also surfaced as a matter of public concern in the region. To meet the challenges of these changes,CAPS promotes research that incorporates an effective collaboration between scholars of different disciplines; economics, applied and natural sciences, sociology and political science. CAPS also encourages closer cooperation among experts of various countries.
Thus, CAPS aims to:
• promote research in social sciences and technological development which is relevant to the Asia and Pacific Rim region. • facilitate exchanges of experts in the above-stated fields of sciences of various countries in the region. • enhance dissemination of research and information through publication of the Review of Asian and Pacific Studies , Books and Discussion papers. • hold seminars by experts and create opportunities for them to give lectures for students so that interests can be stimulated in the above-described areas.
The Center for Asian and Pacific Studies (CAPS) was established in 1981 at Seikei University. At the time the world was divided into different camps; between the capitalist and communist worlds, the liberal and non-liberal countries, and the developed and developing countries. The term ‘Asian and Pacific’ was to overcome such divisions, and to enhance mutual communication and understanding of one another. The simple reason for mutual understanding was to live (and indeed survive) together as neighbours in the same region. For this commitment, CAPS has since promoted academic research and public engagement in such fields as science, technology, literature, music, economics, history, law, and political studies. I hope CAPS with its commitment will long be able to receive your kind understanding and support from you all.
Kensuke Takayasu, Faculty of Law
Mamoru Nagano, Faculty of Economics
Takako Imai, Faculty of Law
Yoko Kawamura, Faculty of Humanities
Masashi Kiyomi, Faculty of Science and Technology
To Be Determined
Muhammad Ansarul Alam(Bangladesh)