Our Philosophy

We research on the front lines
of the advancing information society

Our Background

The Center for Global Communications (GLOCOM) was founded in 1991 as a social science research institute of the International University of Japan (IUJ), with the extensive support of industrial and government communities.

The purpose of its establishment is to serve as a networking center for researchers from around the world focused on Japan, to conduct international comparative and policy research and interdisciplinary studies on contemporary Japanese politics, economics and culture. It also aims to promote the dissemination and exchange of relevant information on an international scale.

Collaborating with All Stakeholders
to Realize Both “Think and Do”

GLOCOM has been building a new relationship with stakeholders, not just an interdisciplinary or industry-academia collaboration, but aiming for a broader collaboration between industry, government, academia, and the general public.
Its concept is called “Chigyo(智業)”, which refers to an organization exploring and acquiring new wisdom through open collaboration with stakeholders.
GLOCOM has been advocating itself as a pioneer of “Chigyo” and promoting its activities as a unique research organization that combines academic research and collaboration with society.

Our mission is to establish new intellectual joint research activities with various organizations, connecting different areas of expertise in a cross-sectional manner through the demonstration and support of new activism that transcends the boundaries of existing research institutions.
We will continue to aim to embody “Chigyo” by actively developing various collaborations with organizations, countries, and people.

Our Mission

Evolving the information society through both academic research and implementation activities

Our Activities

  1. 1. Research & Development based on the information society theory and the information and communication field
  2. 2. Leading-edge approaches to global and local issues in the information society
  3. 3. Connecting industry, government, academia and the private sector as a unique research network hub
  4. 4. Integrated activities of research, proposals, and implementation.

Activity Areas

GLOCOM, as a unique research organization that combines academic research and implementation activities with society, does not have a department for each specialized field, but rather conducts wide-ranging activities as a “platform for networking, co-creation, and co-progress of people and knowledge.”
Based on this platform, we promote activities in four areas: “Research” targeting the information society; “Implementation” applying research results to the real world; “Proposals” to reflect GLOCOM’s thinking in policy; and “Dissemination” of our activities to people in various fields.

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The “open rectangle” represents the open platform that connects industry, government, academia, and the public. The “yellow square” symbolically represents the various information, research results, and social value created by the platform.

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