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UBRJ is a research unit composed of Hokkaido University's Slavic-Eurasian Research Center (the core organization) and the university's humanities/social science graduate schools, the Center for Ainu and Indigenous Studies and the Hokkaido University Museum. Its main objectives are to promote border studies throughout Japan and abroad; to strengthen collaboration with domestic and international research centers; and to foster the development of young researchers in order to advance research on border issues. The activities listed below are engaged in achieving these objectives.

  1. Research and investigation of border issues
  2. Publication of academic journals
  3. Organization of intensive summer courses, symposiums and museum exhibitions in collaboration with the Slavic Research Center and the Japan International Border Studies Network (JIBSN)
  4. Collaboration with domestic and international research institutions and networks

Unit Organization

The unit consists of teaching staff from the Slavic-Eurasian Research Center and collaborative researchers, all of whom are appointed by the Center's Director.

Members (as of April 2014)

Akihiro Iwashita (Unit Leader) Slavic-Eurasian Research Center, Hokkaido University Professor
Shinichiro Tabata Slavic-Eurasian Research Center, Hokkaido University Professor
David Wolff Slavic-Eurasian Research Center, Hokkaido University Professor
Motoki Nomachi Slavic-Eurasian Research Center, Hokkaido University Associate Professor
Kazuto Suzuki Division of Law and Politics, Graduate School of Law, Hokkaido University Professor
Kouji Yamasaki Center for Ainu and Indigenous Studies, Hokkaido University Associate Professor
Kouhei Watanabe Graduate School of International Media, Communication, and Tourism Studies, Hokkaido University Professor
Kae Kitamura Graduate School of Education, Hokkaido University Associate Professor
Hideki Tarumoto Graduate School of Letters, Hokkaido University Associate Professor
Naomi Hyunjoo Chi Public Policy School, Hokkaido University Lecturer
Junji Yamamoto The Hokkaido University Museum Associate Professor
Hiroshi Yoshimi Graduate School of Economics and Business Administration, Hokkaido University Professor
Bull Jonathan Edward Slavic-Eurasian Research Center, Hokkaido University Assistant Professor