AGU RESEARCH

AGU RESEARCH

AGU RESEARCH

In the world in which we live, a range of issues exists,
including those related to our daily lives as well as serious problems that impact all of humankind.
Professors at our university will reveal and clarify,
from various interesting viewpoints, the present situation and truths that are not widely known concerning these issues.

Videos Depicting the Frontline of Research

Aoyama Gakuin University will conduct education and research activities in collaboration with local communities, the international community, national and foreign governments, and various other organizations, companies and universities, and then announce the results to the world. For the creation of an affluent society, we constantly conduct research in diverse fields and foster activities to help solve contemporary issues and meet social needs, thereby contributing widely to society.

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  • School of Cultural and Creative Studies
  • Understanding the Messages of the Artistic Programs of Olympic Opening Ceremonies
  • Professor IIZASA Sayoko
  • The Olympic and Paralympic Games open with a grand opening ceremony. In addition to the parade of athletes, the lighting of the Olympic cauldron, and other rituals, recent opening ceremonies also feature an artistic program, which is staged as a great show event. One thing that particularly interests me as a researcher specializing in multicultural society studies is that these artistic programs have been focusing on the harmony of different cultures and races. This column looks into the artistic programs of the Sydney, London, and Rio de Janeiro games and how they dealt with the issue of diversity and coexistence. (This column is as of 2019.)
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Videos Depicting the Frontline of Research

  • Department of History, College of Literature
  • Study History in a Multifaceted Manner to Learn about Human Wisdom and Knowledge
  • Professor SAKAMOTO Hiroshi
  • Some say that human beings have been doing the same things over and over throughout our long history and we can therefore learn lessons by studying the past. Others say, in accordance with the Judeo-Christian way of thinking, that human beings are making progress in a linear manner. Professor Sakamoto will talk about ...
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  • Department of History, College of Literature
  • Study History in a Multifaceted Manner to Learn about Human Wisdom and Knowledge
  • Professor SAKAMOTO Hiroshi

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Columns to Give Insight into the World

In the world in which we live, a range of issues exists, including those related to our daily lives as well as serious problems that impact all of humankind.
Professors at our university will reveal and clarify, from various interesting viewpoints,
the present situation and truths that are not widely known concerning these issues.

In the world in which we live, a range of issues exists, including those related to our daily lives as well as serious problems that impact all of humankind.
Professors at our university will reveal and clarify, from various interesting viewpoints, the present situation and truths that are not widely known concerning these issues.

  • School of Cultural and Creative Studies
  • Understanding the Messages of the Artistic Programs of Olympic Opening Ceremonies
  • Professor IIZASA Sayoko
  • The Olympic and Paralympic Games open with a grand opening ceremony. In addition to the parade of athletes, the lighting of the Olympic cauldron, and other rituals, recent opening ceremonies also feature an artistic program, which is staged as a great show event. One thing that particularly interests me as a researcher specializing in multicultural society studies is that these artistic programs have been focusing on the harmony of different cultures and races. This column looks into the artistic programs of the Sydney, London, and Rio de Janeiro games and how they dealt with the issue of diversity and coexistence. (This column is as of 2019.)
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  • School of Cultural and Creative Studies
  • Understanding the Messages of the Artistic Programs of Olympic Opening Ceremonies
  • Professor IIZASA Sayoko

  • School of Cultural and Creative Studies
  • Further Enlivening the Japanese Movie Industry
  • Professor UCHIYAMA Takashi
  • The Japanese movie industry, which was at its lowest point only 30 years ago, has been gaining momentum in recent years. How did the industry rebound? What is required to further enliven it? This column discusses how the Japanese movie industry can become an international industry. (This column is as of 2012.)
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  • College of Literature
  • Literature supports our lives
  • Professor HIJIKATA Youichi
  • Today, based on a one-dimensional judgment as to whether a study benefits the world, practical science is valued while the humanities including literature are slighted, and the very raison d'être of the humanities is questioned. This column illustrates the meaningfulness of studying the humanities by citing literature as an example and explains the attractions of literature and the value of reading. (This column is as of 2017.)
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  • School of International Politics, Economics and Communication
  • How to Polish Your Communication Skills
  • Professor SUEDA Kiyoko
  • For the 10th consecutive year, communication skills have been ranked highest in the elements given priority in the screening of candidates for recruitment. As this indicates, communication skills have recently become the skills that are most required. But what should we do to improve our communication skills? This column digs into the essence of communication and discusses what true communication is. (This column is as of 2015.)
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  • School of Business
  • What the TPP will Bring About to Japan
  • Professor IWATA Nobuto
  • The Japanese government announced in March 2013 that Japan would participate in the TPP. Frequently mentioned in news and newspapers, “TPP” has become a familiar term to us. But what is the TPP in the first place? Why is Japan participating in the TPP negotiations? In this column I will explain the TPP and examine the reasons for participating in the negotiations from both political and economic aspects. (This column is as of 2013.)
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  • College of Literature
  • Who is History For?
  • Professor SAKAMOTO Hiroshi
  • “Why do we need to learn history?” One of the objectives of learning history is to understand developments prior to and the background of an event that is currently occurring in the world, in order to get a better picture of it. However, I believe that it is essential in history study to understand that history is multifaceted and diverse in nature and to reconstruct one’s own historical perspective. Taking the example of images of Cleopatra, this column aims to show that there are multiple ways of looking at history and considers the multifaceted nature of history. Then we explore the significance of learning history. (This column is as of 2015.)
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  • School of Business
  • Exploring Better Relationships between Corporations and their Employees
  • Professor YAMASHITA Masaru
  • After World War II, Japanese corporations achieved growth by spurring their employees to share the top management’s philosophy and values and take pride in the company they worked for. Society became prosperous and people started working with diverse motivations including “for personal fulfillment” and “to earn money.” Then, the bubble economy burst and corporations’ financial standing weakened. Furthermore, the poorly adopted merit-based pay system undermined the relationship between individuals and corporations, which accelerated the weakening of the latter. It must be reaffirmed that companies are sustained by the people who work for them. In this column, I would like to look at how struggling Japanese corporations should rebuild their relationship with their employees in order to regain their strength, and elaborate on the new forms of relationships between organizations and individuals that match the Japanese corporate culture. (This column is as of 2015.)
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