General Description

The National Institute for Japanese Language and Linguistics (NINJAL) was established in 1948 (Showa 23). After a period as an independent administrative agency, it was re-established as the sixth organization of the Inter-University Research Institute Corporation "National Institutes for the Humanities" on October 1, 2009 (Heisei 21).

Building on its long history of research results, the newly established Institute conducts large-scale theoretical and empirical studies as an international research hub in collaboration with domestic and overseas universities and research organizations, aiming to illuminate all aspects of the Japanese language and deepen our understanding of human beings through language study. It also has an important mission of disseminating collaborative research results and related research reports to the public, thereby promoting their application in various fields such as Japanese language education, natural language processing, etc.

During the academic years 2016–2021 (the Third Mid-term Plan Period), NINJAL aims to achieve the following two fundamental goals through a variety of collaborative research projects subsumed under the core research program “A New Integration of Japanese Language Studies Based on Diverse Language Resources.”

  • Joint Usage
    NINJAL develops a variety of large-scale resources (corpora and databases) for Japanese language studies and makes them available to universities, the scholarly community, and the general public.
  • Collaborative Research
    In cooperation with universities and research institutes in Japan and around the world, NINJAL plays a leading role in strengthening the international research network by conducting major collaborative research projects.