Institute of Social Science The University of Tokyo

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Publications and Discussion Papers

Books based on Joint Research Projects

The following book series are the products of the Joint Research Projects.

  • Studies on Fundamental Human Rights, 5 volumes, 1968-1969
  • Postwar Reforms, 8 volumes, 1974-1975
  • State and Society during the Period of Fascism, 8 volumes, 1978-1979
  • Welfare State, 6 volumes, 1984-1985
  • The Welfare State at a Crossroads, 2 volumes, 1988
  • Contemporary Japanese Society, 7 volumes, 1991-1992
  • The 20th Century Global System, 6 volumes, 1997-1998
  • The Lost Decade? :Re-appraising Contemporary Japan, 2 volumes, 2000-2004
  • Social Sciences of Hope, 4 volumes, 2005-2008

(All are in Japanese, edited by the ISS, and published by the University of Tokyo Press.)

The seven-volume Contemporary Japanese Society was re-edited into a concise, two-volume English version.

  • The Political Economy of Japanese Society (Volume 1, The State or the Market? and Volume 2, Internationalization and Domestic Issues, edited by Banno Junji and published by Oxford University Press, 1997-1998)

The Comparative Regionalism Project (CREP), 2 volumes, 2005-2008

As a research outcome of CREP, the following book will be published in March, 2009.

  • Reconsidering Governance, 2 volumes, 2010-2013
  • Social Sciences of Crisis Thinking, 4 volumes, 2016-2019
Books based on Joint Research Projects

Shakaikagaku Kenkyu (The Journal of Social Science)

Shakaikagaku Kenkyu (The Journal of Social Science) is a Japanese bulletin, first published in 1948. From 1998, the editorial board calls for papers for special issues and invites contributions from scholars both within and outside of the ISS, in Japan and abroad. Click here for tables of contents (in Japanese).

Shakaikagaku Kenkyu / The Journal of Social Science (in Japanese)

Social Science Japan Journal (SSJJ)

Social Science Japan Journal, a new English-language, internationally refereed journal of the Institute of Social Science, University of Tokyo, will publish original papers on social science issues related to modern Japan, including comparative work and studies of international relaions. All disciplines in the social sciences are represented in the Journal, including anthropology, economics, geography, history, law, political science, and sociology. The Journal welcomes submissions at any time. Although the first five issues have been thematic, we are now shifting our emphasis to general papers, and we welcome contributions on any topic which deals with modern Japan from the perspective of the social sciences.


Social Science Japan - Newsletter

Social Science Japan, the English-language newsletter of the Institute of Social Science, University of Tokyo, provides concise information on key people, important issues, and recent developments in social science research on Japan. Social Science Japann is published twice a year, and is distributed to more than 1,400 Japan specialists and scholars interested in Japan in 48 countries throughout the world.

SSJ Newsletter

ISS Research Series

In the ISS Research Series, we mainly publish (1) Results of Joint Research Projects, (2) monographs submitted by research associates, and (3) other reports. The series officially started in 2002. Click here for a list of published volumes. (The information is mostly in Japanese.)

ISS Research Series

SSJ Data Archive Research Paper Series

SSJDA publishes the proceedings of seminars, the detailed descriptions of its administrative works, and reports on data usage in the SSJ Data Archive Research Paper Series. Click here for a list of papers (in Japanese).

SSJ Data Archive Research Paper Series

Discussion Paper Series (Series F)

Discussion Papers by Institute of Social Science Reserchers. Series F are written in non-Japanese. (Series J are written in Japanese) Some discussion papers are portable document format (PDF) files, which you can download and view by using Adobe Acrobat etc.. Click on a mark to download a paper.

Discussion Paper Series