Center for Malaysian Studies

1. About CMS (Center of Malaysian Studies)

Representative's Message

Founder Ikeda, who had the insight that the diversity of Malaysian society has "unlimited possibilities and a vast future", developed a dialogue with Malaysian intellectuals such as Dr. Mahathir Mohamad, Former Prime Minister of Malaysia, His Majesty Sultan Azlan Shah, Former King of Malaysia and Chancellor of the University of Malaya, Royal Professor Ungku A. Aziz and Prof. Syed Hussain Alatas, Former Vice Chancellors of the University of Malaya. Soka University has also actively concluded academic agreements with Malaysian universities ahead of other universities, and has promoted and deepened multifaceted cooperation in education and research, including exchange programs, holding Pacific Rim Symposiums, and implementing large-scale research projects by the Faculty of Science and Engineering. International students from Malaysia have also made a significant contribution to the construction of our university. We will continue to make efforts in both research and education to further develop the initiatives that have been established over a long period of time at Soka University.


  • To promote research on Malaysia from the humanities and social sciences perspective.
  • To encourage international collaborative research by focusing on the common social issues that Japan and Malaysia have.
  •  To contribute to achieving the vision and specific goals of Soka University's Grand Design from the perspectives of research, education, SDGs, and diversity.

Current Activities

  • Applying for competitive external research funds
  • Promoting joint research projects
  • Proposing International Conference
  • Holding research seminars and meetings to report the research output produced by the center.
  • Conducting International Fieldwork I-II (short-term study abroad program in Malaysia)
2. People


Universiti Malaya (University of Malaya)

Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (National University of Malaysia)

Universiti Sains Malaysia

Soka University

3. Research

Research Projects

(1) Japanese Economic Activities in British Malaya
  Malaysia Japan External Research
Grants Agencies

Japanese economic activities at Batu Pahat District, State of Johore under British Colonial administration: Collaboration and Competition Among Actors

Md.Nasrudin Sugimoto JFE21st Century   

Economic Activities of Japanese Capitalists and Migrants in British North Borneo: Focusing on Cooperation and Competition among Actors

Mohd. Ikbal Sugimoto TCER=TIFO Fellowship
Consumer Behavior of Malaysian towards Japanese Luxury Goods in Pre-War British Malaya Mohd. Shazwan Sugimoto The Sumitomo

(2) Look East Policy
  Malaysia Japan External Research
Grants Agencies
Rethinking Strategic Economic Cooperation with Japan in
the Look East Policy 2.0
Mohd. Ikbal Sugimoto The Japan

(3) SDG-related Research Projects on Malaysia 
  Members Grants Agencies
Economic Ripple Effects of the Creation of Creative and Cultural Industries in
George Town, Penang Island: An Estimation of Input-Ouput Table and Its Empirical
Sugimoto Ichiro,
Khoo Suet Leng,
Chan Lih Shing
Soka University
Priority Research Promotion Project 
Type B “SDGs Promotion Program
Economic Development and the Gender Division of Labor: A Case Study of Malaysia Utsumi Tomoko,
Satogami Mihoko
Soka University
Priority Research Promotion Project 
Type B “SDGs Promotion Program

(4) Economic History of Malaya
  Members Grants Agencies
Formation and Accumulation for Wealth of Commercial migrants Chettiar in British Malaya using Estate Duty Fil Sugimoto Ichiro,
Md.Ikbal Md.Huda
JSPS  KAKENHI  Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research (C) 

Research Seminars



4. Education / Network (Work in progress)
5. Past Events

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AY2023 Oct - Mar

AY2023 Apr - Sep