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Ritsumeikan Center for Asia Pacific Studies (RCAPS)

Ritsumeikan Center for Asia Pacific Studies (RCAPS) was established in July 1996, with a mission to promote and foster research into the multifaceted developments and challenges that face the Asia Pacific region in the 21st century. It provides valuable opportunities for research activities by sponsoring annual conferences and coordinating seminars throughout the year.

Support for Graduate Students

The university provides subsidies to support field research and academic society presentations that lead to master or doctoral theses. RCAPS seminars are frequently held at APU, inviting renowned researchers and professionals from around the globe.

Major Research Initiatives

Graduate students can reap the benefits of the many research events held on campus throughout the year, including:

  • Major conferences and symposia
  • Visits to APU by distinguished researchers and international scholars

Under RCAPS, there are also affiliated research centers:

International Association for Asia Pacific Studies (IAAPS)

The International Association for Asia Pacific Studies (IAAPS) was established in 2010 with the hope to become a center of excellence in Asia Pacific research. IAAPS aims to shape and promote Asia Pacific Studies, and contribute to the further development of the region through the aggregation and publication of research in particular disciplines and on various sub-regions of the Asia Pacific. Members include a wide-range of scholars and students from all over the world.


IAAPS' journal, 'Asia Pacific World: The Journal of the International Association for Asia Pacific Studies', is a scholarly, internationally refereed journal published by Berghahn Books, Inc (US, UK). The journal focuses on the social, political, cultural and economic development of the Asia Pacific region, and discusses issues of current and future concern for the Asia Pacific, and its relations with the rest of the world.
As a forum for the publication of research on the Asia Pacific by scholars who have connections to the region, Asia Pacific World presents cutting edge research in many areas, including:

  • Sociology and Cultural Studies
  • History
  • Politics
  • International Relations
  • Finance
  • International Business Management
  • Marketing

Graduate Theses

Click here to view the topics of theses and dissertations from our Master's and Ph.D. graduates.