2019 年 16 巻 p. 6-15
The Japan Society for The Study of KOMINKAN issues an annual report that reflects the results of research in Kominkan and related fields. The purpose of this paper is to offer a general survey of the research findings reported in the journal over the past 15 years.
The Japan Society for The Study of KOMINKAN aims to be an "open academic society" that demonstrates a comprehensive and interdisciplinary approach that transcends academic specialization. In line with this stance, the main themes include theoretical research on Kominkan personnel and organizational reform. Moreover, interest in the comparative study of Kominkan has accelerated, as has interest in the comparative study of community learning centers （CLC） within Asia.
Kominkan halls have also assumed an important role as shelters in instances of natural or other disasters. Kominkan demonstrated their unique character and role in areas affected by the great earthquake of March 3, 2011 and subsequent studies have conveyed the significance of Kominkan presence there.
Looking back on the studies included in the annual reports of the BULLETIN of The Japan Society for The Study of KOMINKAN, papers that address important and timely stand out We look forward to continued progress in research on Kominkan and hope that approaches to those issues that remain will be considered collectively in future Society meetings.