The Japanese Language Research Center is an educational and research
institute of Osaka Shoin Women's College in Osaka, Japan, established in
April 1993. The functions of the Center are twofold, encompassing both education
and research. In its research capacity, the Center provides a broad-based
environment in which scholars from various fields can conduct research in
linguistic and cultural studies, free of the boundaries of academic specialization.
In its educational aspect, the Center provides and coordinates courses to
instill Japanese students with a more substantial and well-rounded knowledge
of their own language and offers a minor in Japanese as a Foreign Language
The center staff consist of two full-time faculty members, Professor Yukio Nishihata and Associate Professor Hiroshi Tahara , as well as several faculty members from other universities.
One of the activities of the Center is providing an office for DB-West,
the Western Japan Japanese Language and Literature Database Society. This
is an academic organization which hosts semi-annual conferences for scholars
and educators in the field. If you would like to find out more, please email
us at DB-West.