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Taking advantage of the start of a new research project in 2008, I would like to make a brief speech.

This project, having taken over a research project spanning the past 10 years (selected for the "Academic Frontier" Promotion Project of the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science, and Technology for two consecutive terms from 1998 to 2007), is aimed at gaining a grasp of the true nature of the crisis of the mind of contemporary man and establishing networks to realize practical solutions to this problem.

With the conclusion of the “Academic Frontier” Promotion Project, we applied for the “Support Project for the Formation of Strategic Research Infrastructures for Private Universities”, a new research fund subsidy system created by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science, and Technology, and we were fortunate enough to be selected for this project. For the next 5 years, we would like to keep advancing our research further in depth and to share our research results with society.

The project is made up of 4 pillars:

which involves each of the first three pillars. Currently, all of those pillars have been urgent tasks in clinical practices and their importance is expected to keep growing in the future.

“Perpetrator-Victim relationship”, “rearing relationship” and “the science of art and art therapy” cover problems involved in a number of academic fields and no study is possible on any of them as a whole without taking an interdisciplinary approach. On the other hand, the reality is that most interdisciplinary studies are limited to researchers who merely present outcomes of their studies in their own field and learn from each other, while they fall short of jointly discovering new perspectives and knowledge.

The distinctive feature of the Institute is that we have specialists in the fields of clinical psychology and medicine involved in clinical practices and the fields of the human sciences with experience in long-term joint research. In this Project, we aim not only to come together and present outcomes but also to go outside the university, conduct surveys by questionnaire and interview, and realize new discoveries based on survey results. For this purpose, we have incorporated surveying and researching as one pillar in all research projects and have been working on formulation of plans from interdisciplinary viewpoints by actively exchanging opinions from the surveying and researching stage. Also, we aim to achieve excellent results through comprehensive analysis of future research activities and survey results, as well as multilateral evaluations from the perspective of multiple academic fields.

We really appreciate your interest in our research activities and we look forward to your participation in our open meetings and hearing your opinions.

Director:Takashi Minatomichi