What characterizes the Tōhō Gakkai most of all is that the Institute is,
unlike most other learned societies in the field of Asian studies, which
activities to certain realms of study, a comprehensive, interdisciplinary
scholarly organization covering the fields of history, law, economics,
folklore, philosophy, thought, religion, literature, linguistics, art,
archaeology, etc., in Asia inclusive of Japan. Although the activities
of the Institute in the
past strongly reflected the tradition of Asian studies in Japan, which had centered on Chinese studies, the spheres of learning covered by the Institute have
recently been considerably expanded, and cooperation among scholars of different areas of study has been furthered within and without the Institute.
Another characteristic of the Tōhō Gakkai is that it places emphasis
on promoting international exchange in the field of Asian studies. It is
noteworthy that untiring efforts have been made in introducing the achievements
of Japanese scholars to the academic world abroad.