ICC Mission Statement

With a motto of "connecting Sophia to the world," the Institute of Comparative Culture (ICC) promotes interdisciplinary studies in social sciences and humanities from a comparative perspective, building the global networks of Sophia's international researchers, and supporting collaboration with world-class researchers outside Japan. The specializations of ICC members include business, economics, history, literature, art, and area studies, focusing on Asia. All research activities and public events are conducted in English. The central activity of the ICC is funding and organizing research projects initiated by ICC members.

We also do the following:

Organize Symposia and Public Lectures associated with the research activities of members.

Publish research papers of ICC project members and visiting scholars. Recently we have moved to presenting all research findings online.

Assist visiting scholars by providing office space, facilities, access to university libraries, and an environment for scholastic interaction with Sophia faculty and students

Assist in grant acquisition and administration to ICC members



ICC Collaborative Research Units

Global Japanese Cuisine

Network Studies

Digital Social Science and Oral Narrative Research

A History of Sophia University

Heisei Becomes History