The Center for Information Resources of Area Studies (CIRAS) is a Joint Use/Research Center with two primary functions: “Integration and Sharing of Information Resources for Area Studies” and “Promotion of Cross-regional Area Studies.” CIRAS promotes comparative studies among more than one area of the world in order to analyze research topics relating to politics, economy, society, and the different environments of the contemporary world, while aiming to apply state-of-art information technology to integrate and analyze data produced in area studies research.