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Purpose of Establishment

Purpose of Establishment
The Japanese General Social Survey (JGSS) Research Center at Osaka University of Commerce was accredited by the Minister of MEXT as a Joint Usage/Research Center in October 2008. The designation of "Joint Usage/Research Center" is given to research institutions attached to universities that are recognized as being able to make a meaningful contribution to academic development by sharing their resources with external researchers. At the JGSS Research Center, we invite social scientists to submit research issues they have in mind, screen the research issues submitted, and conduct social surveys to collect the data necessary to explore and investigate such issues.

To be more specific, we conduct Japanese General Social Surveys (JGSS) on a nationwide basis every two years to assist our joint researchers in analyzing the data obtained through the surveys and reporting research findings to the public. Also, we deposit the data to Japanese and foreign data archives, and allow researchers around the world to access and analyze the data. JGSS shares some modules of questions with East Asian Social Surveys (EASS). Through these activities, we aim to promote joint research, both in Japan and overseas, deepen understanding of change and the current state of affairs in Japanese society, and identify the position of Japanese society in the context of East Asia.

Starting in the autumn of 1998, the JGSS Research Project was designated as a "key institute on the frontiers of academic projects" by MEXT in two successive terms for ten years from FY1999 to FY2008. From June 2008 to March 2013, the project had been adopted by MEXT as a "Program for Promotion of Joint Research Centers in Humanities and Social Sciences."

Brochure of JGSS Project
A brochure to introduce JGSS project was published.

JGSS Research Center Pamphlet Published February 2017