Established in 1986, PRIME conducts peace research utilizing our international networks. In addition to disarmament, demilitarization and international security, the fields we cover include broad areas of peace studies such as development, human rights, environment and gender issues.


PRIME conducts various research projects with affiliated researchers playing a central role. Our main project research is empirical research on deliberative democracy in peace research, peace research on Syria conflict and Review of Internal Colonialism.


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” The former is authorized as a “Hiroshima-Nagasaki Peace Studies Course” from the Mayors for Peace. 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.


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.


PRIME publishes PRIME (the institutional annual journal ), “ Minami wo Kangaeru (Perspectives Towards the South)”series (a series of readings for students) and Prime Occasional Papers (The bulletin is published several times a year.).

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.