The Institute of Humanities was founded to promote comprehensive and joint research, as well as individual studies in various areas of the humanities. While such researches are mainly carried out by full-time teaching staff, graduate students, especially those from the School of Literature, are allowed to participate in various research forums and symposiums. These activities prove to be very beneficial for students as they provide opportunities for interaction with researchers from overseas as well as Japanese researchers in varied fields of study. After completing the requirements for the doctoral program, students can acquire special researcher status in the Institute. Special researchers are entitled to use the University s library facilities, and, with the permission of the head of the Institute, participate in comprehensive and joint research. They can also present the results of their research in the Institute s research forum and contribute to the Institute s bulletins.