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 In 1969, when I was fifteen in high school, Osaka Prefecture Board of Education issued a notice titled “Prohibition against High School Students’ Political Activities.” Although it was like a storm in a small glass, I felt a surge of real politics and was overwhelmed with learning society and politics. Through reading books on social thought and philosophy in my college days, the words such as “civic engagement” and “civil society” enchanted me and inspired me to study.

After twenty years since then, I published my first book, Rieki Shudan [Interest Groups] (1988, University of Tokyo Press). Along with that, I had the chance to carry out my research abroad in the United States for two years. In the U.S., I got to see the real world of intelligence where scholars were vying for fruitful research. However, most researchers there did not seem to correctly understand the true situation of contemporary Japan, if they knew it at all.

It was already around the mid-1990s when I revisited this issue and found my answer: seeing Japanese civil society through a comparative lens should contribute to a globalized academic world to the extent that ordinary citizens as well as academics will understand it with ease despite their nationality. Once I started conducting surveys while focusing on social groups and organizations, my research developed into a cross-national comparison in the United States, Germany, and South Korea, thus drawing attention among Chinese scholars at the end of the 20th century. My surveys in China made it possible to conduct further research in various countries.

Today, I have collected social survey data consisting of over 60,000 organizations from 15 different countries, and have been devoting most of my time analyzing these data. Following the Fukushima Disaster in 2011, my primary concern shifted towards the strengths and problems of civil societies. I do hope that my research will contribute to solving global issues from the viewpoint of civil society and governance.




On June 9th Invited Lecture and Visiting Professor Appointment Ceremony were Held at Southwest University in Chongqing, China.





The title of the lecture was “International Japanese Studies as Innovation of Researches in Humanities and Social Sciences: Local Governance in Japan and Asia”.  It was lectured in Japanese and was translated in Chinese by lecturer Liu Wei from Southwest University who received a doctoral degree (social sciences) from the University of Tsukuba in 2016.

There were about 80 people present, such as teachers of Administrative Management and Political field and Japanese Research field, graduate students, and undergraduates of Southwest University.

There were lively questions from about 10 people after one and half hour lecture.

Also I was appointed as a visiting (guest seat) professor at Southwest University and an appointment ceremony and commemorative photo shoot were held.

May 19th gave an invited lecture at the "CARIFS 1st International Conference" held in Seoul City.



A serial series on "Politics of Japan viewed from foreign country" is posted on Social Studies NAVI from Nihon Bunnkyo Publishing.

     Vol 13. "Politics of Japan viewed from foreign country"  -From China 1

     Vol 14. "Politics of Japan viewed from foreign country"  -From China 2

     Vol 15. "Politics of Japan viewed from foreign country"  -From the U.S.

     Vol 16. "Politics of Japan viewed from foreign country"  -From the U.S. 2


Director Tsujinaka was featured in newspaper (Nikkei China)


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     日本筑波大学教授 辻中丰:日本和中国的关系总有些磕磕绊绊。在外交和安保政策方面,各种利害关系相互交织,难免存在无奈之处。不过,我认为可以从完全不同的视角去改善日中关系。那就是让日本为中国的“地区自治”提供帮助。


筑波大学教授 辻中丰












 On December 12 2016, a new book titled『政治変動期の圧力団体』(Japanese Pressure Group Politics in Flux: Evidence from 4 Systematic Survey) has been published from Yuhikaku Publishing Company.


 On July 14 2016, a new book titled『比較視野中的中国社会団体与地方治理』(Civil Society, Interest Groups, and Local Governance in Contemporary China) has been published from Social Sciences Academic Press (China) in Chinese.

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Institute for Comparative Research in Human and Social Sciences




Three-Level Comprehensive Empirical Research on Civil Society Structure and Governance in Japan, South Korea, the United States, Germany, and China

Comparative Empirical Research on Changing Political Structures, Interest Groups, Policy Networks, and Civil Society  




Office Address:
University of Tsukuba Cooperative Research Bldg. A404  1-1-1 Tennodai Tsukubashi Ibarakiken, 3058571 Japan

81-29-853-6289 (direct)
yutaka-tsujinaka.fu [at] u.tsukuba.ac.jp
Office Hours:
Monday, 5:30pm - 6:30pm (Cooperative Research Bldg. A404)
Friday, 4:30pm - 6:30pm (Cooperative Research Bldg. A404)

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