Jin was born in Yanji City of the Yanbian Korean Autonomous Region, Jilin Province. He finished his master degree (specializing Japanese Philosophy and History) at Yanbian University in 1985. In July 1986, he got a chance to conduct research in the Department of Political Science at Connecticut State University as a visiting scholar. In 1989, Jin studied at the University of Tokyo and received his doctorate degree in March 1994. At the same year, he started working at the CASS and worked his way up from a research director to deputy director of the institute (Ming Pao 19 February 2009).
Source: Hiroshima City University HP (http://www.hiroshima-cu.ac.jp/modules/peace_e/content0134.html) (access date: 23 May 2011)