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In brief

The gspecialist in religious cultureh certification system is managed by the Center for Education in Religious Education (CERC) which was established in January 2011.
The CERCfs steering committee and collaboratorsf team involve the expertise of several dozens of educators who conduct research on religious cultures at national, public and private universities.
In addition, the CERC is affiliated with the Japanese Association for Religious Studies (approx. 2,000 members) and the Japanese Association for the Study of Religion and Society (approx. 500 members).

Development

Forming of an exploratory committee inside the Japanese Association for Religious Studies and of a working group inside the Japanese Association for the Study of Religion and Society (both authorized by the respective associations in 2007) in order to consider the establishment of a certification system for especialists in religious culturef (provisional title) which would substantiate religious culture education at university level.

The three-year (2008-2010) project called ebuilding an evaluation system for the substantiation of religious culture education at university levelf was granted a grant-in-aid for scientific research [A] by the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science. (The research team was headed by Professor Hoshino Eiki, Taisho University).
Research is under way by seven research teams and the research results can be seen at the following website: http://www2.kokugakuin.ac.jp/shukyobunka/index.html

Structure

The structure of the CERC is as follows:

Centerfs Director
TSUCHIYA Hiroshi (Emeritus Professor Hokkaido University)

Executive Director
INOUE Nobutaka (Kokugakuin University)

Steering Committee
IIJIMA Shuji(Kyushu University)
INOUE Nobutaka (Kokugakuin University)
IWAI Hiroshi (Tezukayama University)
OKADA Masahiko (Tenri University)
ODA Yoshiko (Kansai University)
KAWANO Satoshi (Kogakkan University)
KIMURA Toshiaki (Tohoku University)
KUROSAKI Hiroyuki (Kokugakuin University)
SAKURAI Yoshihide (Hokkaido University)
SASAKI Hiroko (Shirayuri College)
SUGIOKA Takanori (Ryukoku University)
TSUCHIYA Hiroshi (Hokkaido University)
DOI Kenji (Kwansei Gakuin University)
NISHIMURA Akira (Tokyo University)
HIRAFUJI Kikuko (Kokugakuin University)
FUJIWARA Satoko (Taisho University)
MIKI Hizuru (Osaka International University)
MURAKAMI Kokyo (Taisho University)
YAGI Kumiko (Tokyo University of Foreign Studies)
YAMANAKA Hiroshi (Tsukuba University)
YUMIYAMA Tatsuya (Tokyo Institute of Technology)

Auditors
SHIOJIRI Kazuko (Tokyo International University)
HOSHINO Eiki (Taisho University)

Secretariat and Research
FUJII Mao
IMAI Nobuharu
KATO Hisako
MURAKAMI Aki
YAMANASHI Yukiko

Collaborators
(approximately scores of collaborators from every university)

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