What is PRIME?
The explosion of Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant on March 2011 has taught us that there is a need not only to dismantle nuclear arms but also to rethink our life style which heavily relies on nuclear energy. We inherit the wishes of Professor Toshiyuki Toyoda, the late first director of PRIME, who lamented the future of humankind and continued to oppose nuclear energy throughout his life. Today we see collisions over resources and nationalism in the never-ending quest of materialistic wealth in various parts of the world. “Resources and violence” is one of PRIME’s crucial research agenda. At PRIME, we analyze and study those factors which threaten international peace, and share our research results on campus and with the public. We continue to seek what peace studies can do for an ecologically viable world without war.
1986-1992 Toshiyuki Toyoda
1992-1993 Yoshikazu Sakamoto
1993-1995 Motofumi Asai
1995-1998 Kinhide Mushanokouji
1998-2002 Makoto Katsumata
2002-2004 Takao Takahara
2004-2010 Makoto Katsumata
2010-2012 Shigeki Takeo
2012- Makoto Katsumata
1. INTER-DISCIPLINARY RESEARCH
PRIME conducts various research projects with affiliated researchers playing a central role. In 2013, our main project research is on the Great East Japan Earthquake disasters and nuclear power plant accidents, distinctiveness of peace study, and search for “reconciliation” in East Asia.
2. PEACE EDUCATION
As part of its peace studies and peace education program, PRIME organizes a series of classes on peace, development, and human rights under such titles as “Hiroshima and Nagasaki” and Tokyo Electric Power Company’s Nuclear Disasters.” With the help of student volunteers, PRIME also hosts “Cafe du PRIME,” a learning forum where students and teachers gather once a week over brown bag lunches for free, multifaceted discussions about important issues of our times.
3. PARINERSHIP WITH CIVIL SOCIETY
PRIME hosts one or two international symposia each year. These are important events for the institute. It also hosts open seminars and lectures with speakers from both within and outside of Meiji Gakuin University on a broad range of issues connected with our project research.
4. PROVISION OF DOCUMENTS AND INFORMATION
PRIME publishes PRIME (the institutional journal ) and “Thinking of the South” series. The institute also has a reference room with books, magazines, and audiovisual materials collected according to the unique perspectives of our affiliated researchers. These materials may be borrowed through the Meiji Gakuin University’s library or browsed on-site (prior appointment required). The room has the Pugwash Library, which is a collection of records, resources and documents pertaining to the Pugwash Conferences on Science and World Affairs.
PRIME is the institute’s annual journal. PRIME No.36, the latest edition, was published in March 2013 with a special theme “Possibilities and Difficulties of Human Rights in International Peace.”
Minami wo Kangaeru (Thinking of the South)
A series of readings for students, “Minami wo Kangaeru No.13” was published in March 2011 and its special theme was “Nagaland, India.”
Prime Occasional Papers
The bulletin is published several times a year.
Declaration Concerning the Great East Japan Earthquake
International Peace Research Institute,Meiji Gakuin University (PRIME)
Address: 1-2-37 Shirokanedai, Minato-ku, Tokyo 108-8636 Japan