SIS Faculty List

School of International Studies        July 24, 2017

A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

ASABA Mayumi

ASABA Mayumi

Assistant Professor

Research Keywords
TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages)
Expertise Studies in Teaching
Teacher Development
Applied Linguistics


Research Outline
My area of study is applied linguistics, with an emphasis in studies on teacher expertise. Currently, I am analyzing teacher cognition of “expert” teachers and how it is reflected in teaching. In the future, I would like to also investigate perceptions that teachers of different backgrounds have to develop a prototype of an expert teacher in the Japanese university context. Furthermore, my goal is to share the findings of my research with other educators in professional development events. Utilizing the findings of my research, I would like to develop my own expertise as a classroom teacher so that I can better meet learners’ goals, interests, and levels.

ATSUMI Hiroyuki

ATSUMI Hiroyuki

Professor

Research Keywords
Globalization and Japan
Innovation
General trading company


Research Outline
Prior to coming to the University, I have worked at a general trading company (sogo-shosha) for a long time and gained a variety of business practices and experiences both internationally and domestically. My major goal is to systematically integrate such practices and experiences into related theories and intelligence within the University.

Recently, Japan has been facing aging society and maturation of its domestic market, while political multi-polarization and technical innovation being advanced and spread worldwide. Under these circumstances, Japan and Japanese companies have serious issues in economic growth policies and business strategies on how to keep up with ongoing globalization and also promote innovative activities.

I’d like to clarify the directions Japan and Japanese companies should pursue and the measures they should take for further growth, by researching and identifying the nature, substance and issues relating to globalization and innovation. In addition, based on my career to date and also the current needs of the industries and companies, I’d like to study and practice the human resource development and its methodologies that the universities may be expected to implement.

BUNGSCHE Holger Robert

BUNGSCHE Holger Robert

Professor
Ph.D., Erlangen-Nuremberg University, Germany

Research Keywords
Economic, Work and Industrial Sociology
Industrial Relations
European Economy


Research Outline
My research interests are in the field of economic-, work- and industrial sociology. Specifically my research concentrates on work and industrial relations, work organization, local and regional production configurations, as well as on industry development. For many years my focus was especially on the European, Japanese and Chinese automobile industry. More recently I extended my research on the issue of globalization and its influence on labour market policies, social dialog, and work relations.Regarding education, my classes at SIS are mainly on European economy and management, EU integration, international management, transnational corporations as well as on the automobile industry with a special focus on Europe, Japan and China. With this focus in research and education I wish to contribute to the students’ deeper understanding of a continuously changing global economic environment on company management on the one hand and on labour issues and industrial relations on the other.

CLARK Phillip

CLARK Phillip

Instructor of English as a Foreign Language (I. E. F. L.)

Research Keywords
Applied Linguistics
Narrative Studies
Second Language Acquisition


Research Outline
I began teaching English as a second language in southern Africa in the early 90s. Since that time I have been interested in theories of second language acquisition, bilingualism, socio-pragmatic competence, and learner identity, as well as rhetoric and composition and the ubiqutous presence, and influence, of persuasion and rhetorical strategies in everyday life. I am currently involved in an ongoing narrative research project with Japanese returnee students utilizing the sociological framework of Pierre Bourdieu.

CROFTS Samuel

Crofts Samuel

Instructor of English as a Foreign Language (I. E. F. L.)

Research Keywords
Motivation
Intercultural Communication
Extra-Curricular Learning


Research Outline
I am interested in what drives people to focus their energy on learning a foreign language, and more specifically, what can be done to increase the levels of energy they invest in this activity. My most recent research, which took place at a Sino-British university in China, investigated the effects of institution specific podcasts on the motivation of pre-departure study abroad students to spend their free time listening to English. After positive results, I am looking forward to conducting comparative research here in Japan.

GOLD Jason

GOLD Jason

Instructor of English as a Foreign Language (I. E. F. L.)

Research Keywords
TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages)
Student Motivation
High School to University Transition / Learning Obstacles
Brain-based Learning


Research Outline
My research to date has focused on obstacles and barriers to learning that occur in Japanese university EFL classes, especially after students' transition from high school. I am also interested in student motivation and factors that influence autonomous learning in and out of the classroom. Recently I've become very fascinated by neuroscience/brain-based learning, and in the future hope to incorporate aspects from that emerging field into my research to continue to discover and improve student learning, retention, and my own teaching pedagogy.

HASE Naoya

HASE Naoya

Professor
M.S., State Unversity of New York at Albany

Research Keywords
Applied Linguistics
Reading Research
Reading Instruction


Research Outline
Originally trained in the field of English linguistics, my research interest lies in the field of applied linguistics. After having taught English at both junior and senior high schools for about 15 years, I joined Kwansei Gakuin University in 1998. My current research includes reading instruction, more specifically the automaticity of syntactic parsing and extensive reading. I am also involved in the psycholinguistic research using NIRS and am trying to investigate the effects of repeating, shadowing, and other related oral activities.

HEARN Edward

HEARN Edward

Associate Professor
Ph.D, Florida State University
ehearn@kwansei.ac.jp


Research Keywords
International Relations
International Political Economy
Comparative Political Economy


Research Outline
My research focuses upon the politics of economic globalization. Although we often think of it as an inevitable process, globalization is encouraged or discouraged by the decisions and policies of governments. I am interested in understanding how and why political support/opposition for open economic policies are formed and maintained. Much of my recent research has examined how citizens conceptualize and form attitudes toward globalization. I am currently working on a project that explores the role of consumer interests in the demand for open trade policies. I am further interested in the political economy of international development and the political economy of inequality and redistribution.

HIRABAYASHI Takahiro

HIRABAYASHI Takahiro

Professor (Chaplain)
M.A., University of Tsukuba

Research Keywords
Relation between Subjectivity and Transcendence
Soren Kierkegaard and Twentieth-century Theology
Culture and Society of Denmark


Research Outline
Inspired by the ideas and thoughts of Soren Kierkegaard, I am interested in understanding the relation between subjectivity and transcendence, and the formation of contemporary theology. Living in the present time, we the human beings are faced with various crises. I believe that these crises arise from the modern idea that we ourselves are the only reason for our own existence. While such ideas have led us to recognize human dignity, it has also caused us to become oblivious of the existence beyond human beings. Kierkegaard identified the signs of these crises and pointed out the cause in 19th-cenury Denmark. By tracing his ideas and thoughts, I seek to understand the meaning of the existence beyond human beings in the present time and how we should be able to regain the relationship with such existence, transcendence and God.

HOKEN Hisatoshi

HOKEN Hisatoshi

Professor
Ph.D,Hitotsubashi University

Research Keywords
Development Economics
Agricultural Economics
Chinese Economy


Research Outline
My research field is economic development of China focusing on agricultural integration through contract farming and agricultural cooperatives. Previously, I have worked at the Institute of Developing Economies (IDE) and have taken in charge of China studies. During the period, I have conducted fieldwork at various regions to understand actual conditions that local people face. Based on the results of fieldwork and questionnaire survey, I have investigated appropriate market designs to overcome the disadvantages of small-scale farming and to let local people escape from poverty. I am currently involved in international joint studies on China Household Income Survey (CHIP) to examine the long-term trend of income inequality. In addition, I would like to expand my research cope into East Asia and Southeast Asia to conduct international comparisons on agricultural development and poverty alleviation.

HUDSON Joshua

HUDSON Joshua

Associate Professor
Ph.D, Kwansei Gakuin University


Research Keywords
Management, Accounting, IFRS,
Multi-Agency, Game Theory


Research Outline
My research field is that of Management and Accounting however my research is interdisciplinary in nature and has largely focused on the use of multi-agency and game theory to analyze and explain the relationships between governments, corporations and their investors when adopting International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS). My primary interest lies in identifying and understanding competitive interactions between actors in order to better analyze strategic behaviors and decision making. Due to the complex nature of strategic interactions and the actors involved in IFRS adoption and implementation my research interests extend to globalization, economics and government policy.

IGUCHI Haruo

IGUCHI Haruo

Professor
Ph.D., University of Chicago


Research Keywords
U.S. politics and diplomacy
Japan-US relations
Security


Research Outline
Over the years I have taught courses on the foreign relations of the U.S., U.S.-Japan relations, American history and politics, international relations and international history. My research publications have centered on the international history of the relations between the United States and East Asia. They can be divided into two major research trends. One focuses on Japan's reactions to the influence of American economic and political power in East Asia; my works on Ayukawa Yoshisuke and U.S.-Japan relations are in this category. The other focuses on the relations between right-wing Republicans (such as my works on former President Herbert C. Hoover and Bonner Fellers) and East Asia. With regard to my most recent book, Ayukawa Yoshisuke to Keizaiteki Kokusaishugi (Ayukawa Yoshisuke and Economic Internationalism), it won the Suntory Prize in December 2012 in the Politics and Ecnomics field and won the Kigyoka Kenkyu Forum (Forum for Entrepreneurial Studies) book prize in July 2013. One of the research topics I am currently pursuing is the implications of the Bretton Woods scheme envisioned by U.S. Treasury Secretary Morgenthau and his confidant Harry White on postwar schemes conceptualized by a successor to Ayukawa's approach to utilizing American capital, chairman of the Foregin Exchange Control Board, Kiuchi Nobutane.

ITO Shoichi

ITO Shoichi

Professor
Ph.D., University of Washington
Ph.D., Kyoto University

Research Keywords
Chinese Economy
Labor Markets in Asia
Declining Trend of Fertility Rate in Taiwan


Research Outline
China became a member of the WTO in November, 2001. Because of China's entry into the WTO, foreign direct investment to China expanded drastically, and China's trade expanded, too. As a result, China has continued to achieve high GDP growth rates. The global financial and economic crisis occurred in 2008. This drastic change has had the negative effects on Asian economies and the Chinese economy, especially, on labor markets. Furthermore, declining trend of fertility rates has been occurring steadily. Under these circumstances, I am researching the following topics; Labor Markets in China, Labor Markets in Asia, Internal Migration in China, the Declining Fertility Rate in Taiwan, and Industrial Policies in China.

KIMOTO Keiichi

KIMOTO Keiichi

Professor
M.A., Kwansei Gakuin University

Research Keywords
International Accounting
Financial Statement Analysis
Introduction to Basic Accounting


Research Outline
The International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) are becoming the global standard in the field of accounting today. While studying the Conceptual Framework, which provides the theoretical basis for the IFRS, I analyze information of public companies in Europe, the U.S. and Asia, with a special focus on their financial statements. I also study accounting education programs for beginners (so called “book-keeping education” in Japan). The IFRS are principles-based standards issued by the International Accounting Standards Board (IASB). As such, these standards do not provide specific accounting rules, but present the principles for professional accountants to follow in their accounting practice. If principles-based approaches, in which the decisions by professional accountants play a major role, are to be applied globally, accounting education will also require a substantial change. I aim to continue my studies to address this new issue.

KUNIMUNE Kozo

KUNIMUNE Kozo

Professor

Research Keywords
International Macroeconomics
Development Economics
Asian Economies


Research Outline
My major fields are International Macroeconomics and Development Economics. I studies economic policy issues in developing countries and emerging economies, the roles of international financial institutions such as the World Bank and International Monetary Fund, and development experiences in Asian countries such as India, China, ASEAN countries, Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Singapore.
The economy affects the society and the history, and vice versa. Therefore, learning Economic theory is essential for understanding the world surrounding us and foreseeing its future developments. In reverse, close observation of the world as a hole brings new ideas for social sciences including Economics. In short, the both of theoretical framework and practical observation is important. I would like to keep studying and teaching with such a bidirectional approach in mind.

KOJIMA Koji

KOJIMA Koji

Professor
Ph.D., University of Washington

Research Keywords
Financial Accounting
Financial Statement Analysis
Capital Market


Research Outline
Koji Kojima joined the School of International Studies (SIS) at KGU in 2010 as an associate professor. Prior to joining SIS, he spent six years as an assistant and associate professor at the School of Business Administration and the Institute of Business and Accounting (Business School) at KGU.
His research interests focus on international accounting, management behavior, cost of capital, disclosure regulation, financial statement analysis and real estate investment trusts (REITs). He teaches introduction to financial accounting, financial reporting and analysis, international accounting at undergraduate levels as well as accounting theory and practice and basic accounting at the graduate level.

LEE Eun Ja

LEE Eun Ja

Professor
Ph.D., Union Theological Seminary(New York)

Research Keywords
Gender
Ethnic Studies
Postcolonial Critique


Research Outline
My research area is how each state produces and reproduces its ideology in order to maintain social order and to control people's minds. My analytical frame of reference is the role played by religious culture in the formation of state ideology. My ultimate concern is how peoples' consciousness, world views, historical views and value‐systems are formed and politicized and how they become assimilated into the various forms of state ideology. Another objective of my research is to create alternative ethical norms that can empower and liberate people, particularly those who are marginalized in their own society.

LU Fang

LU Fang

Instructor of Chinese as a Foreign Language

Research Keywords
Japanese Linguistics
Compound Verbs
Japanese-Chinese Comparative Study


Research Outline
My research mainly focuses on compound verbs in Japanese which consist of the continuous form of a verb (V1) and terminal form of a verb (V2), such as yomi-kakeru. From a descriptive point of view, I have examined the semantic and syntactic relations between the verbs in a compound verb; how V1 and V2 are combined to form a new verb; the influence of the type of V1 on the meaning of the compound verb; and the comparison of semantic and syntactic features between V2 and its usage as a main verb. I have recently been interested in the comparative study of compound verbs in Japanese and their equivalent expressions in Chinese to examine the meanings and structures of Chinese resultative and directional compound verbs. At the School of International Studies, I teach Chinese language classes for students to learn basic grammar and pronunciation, and more advanced classes to improve their communication skills.

MARUKUSU Kyoichi

MARUKUSU Kyoichi

Professor
Ph.D., Doshisha University

Research Keywords
Political Sociology
International Japanese Studies
Communication


Research Outline
My research focuses on understanding what role Japan should play in the world in a broad sense. To answer the question what Japan is, I believe that two points of view are required. One is to understand that Japan is largely compared with the "West" and to understand the characteristics of Japanese society. We need to look into the relationships Japan has built with the “West” and how the country has changed. The other is to be fully aware that how Japan is seen in the world has a significant influence on its reality. I approach various phenomena of contemporary Japanese politics from these viewpoints. I am currently interested in the communication that takes place during political decisions and how it is reflected in the public and media before creating certain social trends. With these viewpoints in mind, I continue my study to comprehensively examine the time when such terms as “international contributions” and “structural reforms” were frequently used

MATSUMOTO Emiko

MATSUMOTO Emiko

Instructor of Japanese as a Foreign Language

Research Keywords
Japanese-Language Education
Intercultural Communication
Cultural Conflict


Research Outline
While teaching the Japanese language to non-native learners of Japanese living in Japan, I focus my research on addressing the issues of miscommunication (communication problems including misunderstanding) between native and non-native speakers of Japanese. In other words, my research is to find out how and what to teach to non-native learners of Japanese about the Japanese language and its cultural influence on communication. It does not take effort for native-speakers of Japanese to speak, listen to, read, write and communicate in Japanese. However, it is quite another to teach the language to non-native speakers – it requires those who teach to fully understand the grammar as well as the communication behaviour of its native speakers. I believe that solving miscommunication problems which arise from cultural differences is particularly important for Japan, a country where cultural conflicts are increasingly becoming major concerns.

McLAREN Sally

McLAREN Sally

Associate Professor
Ph.D., Ritsumeikan University


Research Keywords
Japanese Popular Culture
Media Literacy
Gender and Politics


Research Outline
My background is in media studies, specifically visual analysis and audience studies. My research takes an interdisciplinary and intersectional approach, focusing on gender, media and power in the Asia-Pacific region. Recent projects include an analysis of the gendered utilization of soft power in Japanese international broadcasting. My current research looks at the convergence of nationalism and popular culture in Japanese media industries. I approach the research and teaching of Japanese popular culture critically, assessing the innovative and creative aspects of popular cultural forms within the socio-political context, as well as the state appropriation of the ‘Cool Japan’ project.

MIYAKE Yasuyuki

MIYAKE Yasuyuki

Professor
Dr. of Laws, Kyoto University

Research Keywords
Chinese Politics
International Politics
Comparative Politics


Research Outline
“The 21st century will be China’s century” - this forecast finally seems to be coming true. For this reason, we have to understand China more properly. But the reality is that we even lack basic research of the politics in China. In order to fill the gap, I have been engaged in the study of Chinese domestic politics as well as foreign relations. As for the former, I pay close attention to the central-local relations; as for the latter, I explore the unique Chinese way of establishing diplomatic relations with other countries.

MIYATA Yukio

MIYATA Yukio

Professor
Ph.D., Washington University (St. Louis)

Research Keywords
US Economy
Innovation
Patent


Research Outline
My research field is US economy with emphasis on the US innovation system. I am interested in patent, anti-trust, and science and technology policies as well as business strategy for innovation. I conduct research on university-industry-government collaboration in research and development. Since this collaboration is now expected to promote regional development, I analyze its policy effectiveness. I am also interested in how university research contributes to the industry by supplying practical knowledge and nurturing professionals. My long-term research interest is to analyze whether or not US universities, which seek financial gain through licensing, have changed academic ethics.

NAGATOMO Jun

NAGATOMO Jun

Associate Professor
Ph.D., The University of Queensland

Research Keywords
Migration Studies
Australian Society
Japanese Society


Research Outline
My research is in the field of migration issues, one of the most visible phenomena of contemporary globalization. Specifically, I examine the cases of Japanese migrants to Australia, who are often referred to as “new migrants” or “lifestyle migrants,” by looking into their migration decisions, settlement process, and their relationship with Japanese society as well as Japanese communities in Australia. These studies demonstrate various changes taking place not only in Australian society but also in the work ethic and lifestyles in Japanese society. I also apply the theories in sociology and cultural anthropology, such as globalization and transnationalism, to keep the balance between practical methodologies and theoretical approaches.

NUSPLIGER Brian

NUSPLIGER Brian

Instructor of English as a Foreign Language (I. E. F. L.)

Research Keywords
Teacher Motivation
Teacher Efficacy
Identity and Language Learning


Research Outline
I am interested in why students decide to pursue a career in teaching and what motivates them to continue to teach or to leave the profession. I think these are especially relevant questions given the recent rise in teacher outsourcing and part-time or limited-contract positions. I am also interested in teacher efficacy and the sources of both positive and negative impacts on it.
On the learner side of the equation, I am interested in how students’ identity is affected by learning and using a second or additional foreign language.

OISHI Taro

OISHI Taro

Associate Professor
Ph.D., Tokyo Metropolitan University

Research Keywords
Human Geography
Ethnic Geography
Regional Geography of Canada and the United States


Research Outline
My background is in human geography. In particular, I am interested in linguistic and ethnic groups. Since the late 1990s, I have conducted research in language maintenance of Canada’s official languages minorities, that is, francophones (French speakers) outside Québec and anglophones (English speakers) within Québec. Recently, my research interest has broadened to include the historical and cultural geography of the United States, for example, immigrant history in the Midwest, or Cajun culture in Louisiana, etc. In addition to my interests in North America, I have written some articles on Japanese immigrants in New Caledonia before the Second World War.

OTCHIA Christian

OTCHIA Christian

Associate Professor
Ph.D, Nagoya University

Research Keywords
Industrial Policy
Inclusive Growth
Quantitative Economics


Research Outline
My research interests lie in the areas of political economy, labor economics, and economic development. My general approach is the use of statistics and computable general equilibrium (CGE) models to study poverty, inequality, the relation between economic growth and structural change, and industrial policy under globalization. My work includes contributions to the development of analytical tools for policy evaluation in developing countries. My contribution on CGE models and inclusive growth was recognized with the 2013 Flash Session Price from the International Input-Output Association. More recently, I received the 2016 Lawrence R. Klein Award from the Pan Pacific Association of Input-Output Studies as well as the First Thomas Rutherford GAMS Prize which is awarded by both GAMS corporation and the Center for Global Trade Analysis, Purdue University, for my work on CGE and microsimulation models. Currently, my focus is to use field experiments to analyze how socioemotional skills affect the labor market in terms of jobs, entrepreneurship, and earnings in Sub-Saharan Africa.

RYU Kyusang

RYU Kyusang

Instructor of Korean as a Foreign Language

Research Keywords
Traditional literature (Tales concerning Korea)
Perception of neighboring country
Korean Language Education


Research Outline
My research field is traditional literature of Japan and Korea.
A lot of tales had been produced during the Middle Age, so it is called its heyday in the history of Japanese literature. These collections of tales are frequently written from the Buddhist world view in accordance with the introduction of Buddhism in India, China, and Japan. In those collections, a number of tales concerning Korea also have been found. They are valuable materials to see the people’s perception at that time against neighboring countries and views towards Korea.
From this point of view, my research focuses on studying the function of traditional tales, which is created based on the theme of “Korea” through analyzing and collecting the articles from literature materials. I’ve been digging into the formation process of their image towards neighboring countries by looking at the recorded “words of medieval times.”

SAKAUE Ayako

SAKAUE Ayako

Instructor of Japanese as a Foreign Language

Research Keywords
Japanese Language Education
Second Language Performance


Research Outline
My research belongs to the Japanese as a foreign language education field, and I am particularly interested in how students acquire speaking and listening skills in Japanese, as well as in their learning methods and performance manner.
In the 21st century, Japan has become a society that involves various cultures and languages, and so multifaceted perspectives and communicative abilities are required to survive. From this viewpoint, teaching and evaluation methods which help students develop the abilities necessary to live in a global society are of particular interest to me.
Furthermore, I would like to look into Japanese language teaching and evaluation methods that would guide students towards a better understanding of the world and reflecting on their own cultural heritage.

SAKURADA Daizo

SAKURADA Daizo

Professor
Ph.D., Osaka University

Research Keywords
International Relations
Canada and the United States
Canadian Foreign Policy


Research Outline
International Relations (IR) and North American area studies, esp., Canadian and American postwar political and diplomatic histories, are my principal research fields. This area studies specifically deals with postwar Canadian-American relations in general, and IR research now focuses on how weaker states such as Canada, New Zealand (NZ) and Japan have outnegotiated or failed to outnegotiate a superpower like the United States. I am also interested in the development of study skills and writing skills in Japanese university environments, relations between Japanese universities and society, and postwar Canadian-American-Japanese relations/comparisons.

The recent publications, all single-authored, and available in Japanese, include Daremo shiranakatta kashioikuni kanada (Canada: A Wise Country Nobody Knew), a comprehensive text on Canadian contemporary affairs (Tokyo: Kodansha, 2003), Kanada-amerika kankeishi, 1948-2005 (Canadian-American Summit Diplomacy, 1948-2005), covering main top-level bilateral interactions (Tokyo: Akashishoten, 2006) and Taibeikosho no sugoi kuni – kanada, mekishiko, NZ ni manabu (Davids against Goliath in International Politics: How Canada, Mexico, and NZ outnegotiate the United States) from Kobusha in 2009. For easy-to-read study skills and writing skills text, I published ‘Yu’ wo agetakunaru toan/repoto no sakuseijutsu (How to Get an ‘A’ for Your Papers and Essays: A Professor’s Advice for Dummies) from Kodansha in 2008.

SEKIYA Takeshi

SEKIYA Takeshi

Professor
Ph.D., Hiroshima University

Research Keywords
Educational Development
International Cooperation
Growth & Development and Education


Research Outline
As an international volunteer, expert of the Japanese International Cooperation Agency (JICA), and consultant in international cooperation, I have long been involved in the planning, implementation and evaluation of projects for international cooperation in education in Latin America, Asia, Africa and Oceania. Based on these experiences, I have examined the effect of human involvement on growth & development in developing countries and the world as a whole in order to primarily understand what education means to us all. My current research focuses on examining the approaches to improve the basic academic performance of school children in developing countries, and analysing the present conditions of education in Japan from an outside perspective.

SHIGEMASA Kimikazu

SHIGEMASA Kimikazu

Professor
Ph.D., Osaka University

Research Keywords
International Relations Theory
Multi-track Governance
ASEAN


Research Outline
The purpose of my seminar is twofold. The first is to explore the theoretical engagement of international relations with regional political and security issues in the Asia-Pacific region. The second is to investigate what I call ‘multi-track’ governance approach in the context of ASEAN community building after the ratification of ASEAN Charter. This multi-track governance approach entails track 1 (intergovernmental channel), track 2 (international non-governmental channel), and track 3 (civil society organizations) arenas to enhance the mutual understanding of those stakeholders under the community-building processes in ASEAN.

SHIHO Kei

SHIHO Kei

Professor
Ph.D., Kwansei Gakuin University

Research Keywords
Migration Studies
Foreign Labour
Japanese Economy


Research Outline
Focal research interest is migration studies, with an interdisciplinary approach including the economic method. Regional distribution of foreign residents, categorized by visa status, in Japan is empirically analyzed, taking into account the effects that changes in population composition and globalization of the economy have on local employment and industries. International comparison on migration policies - immigration control by central government and social integration by municipalities - are also undertaken. Currently ongoing research topics include international students and their job market in Japan and the technical intern training programme from the point of view, “only the countries cultivating human resources can attract competent people abroad.”

SHIMA Ryoko

SHIMA Ryoko

Assistant Professor

Research Keywords
English Education
Intercultural Communication
Classroom Management


Research Outline
I have been teaching English to students with various backgrounds. Currently, my interests lies in using children’s literature and lyrics as a text not only to encourage learners to acquire grammar but also to enjoy reading. Since a basic understanding for both native tongue (mostly Japanese) and English are important to acquire English, I am also very interested in how learners connect themselves with their Japanese experiences when they read and hear English in the classrooms.

SUGIYAMA Naoto

SUGIYAMA Naoto

Professor
Ph.D., Kwansei Gakuin University

Research Keywords
American South
Reconstruction Era
Modernization of Japan


Research Outline
My research so far has concerned the following: 1) Studies of the American South in relation to such novelists as Mark Twain and William Faulkner.
The Reconstruction Era and the early 20th century Southern society have been my specific research targets. 2) Modernization of Japan in the Meiji Period with its influence on Japanese novelists and religious leaders. As I have published two books on the first theme, I am now more interested in the second one.

SWANSON Mark

SWANSON Mark

Instructor of English as a Foreign Language (I. E. F. L.)

Research Keywords
Teacher Development
Critical Thinking
Student Motivation


Research Outline
My research interests include teacher development and critical thinking. Specifically, I would like to learn more about the methods teachers use to question the efficacy of their current practices and find ways to improve their craft. In addition, I am interested in classroom activities that promote critical thinking. I seek a clearer understanding of what kinds of activities are most effective and how progress in critical thinking skills can be measured. I hope to help my students judge without bias, see both sides of an issue, and avoid faulty logic.

TAMURA Kazuhiko

TAMURA Kazuhiko

Professor
M.A., Tokyo Metropolitan University

Research Keywords
Thomas Mann
German Studies
Cultural Theory


Research Outline
My research deals with German literature from 1900 to 1945 especially with Thomas Mann. Other Fields are literature and society of interwar period; postcolonial theory; cultural history and visual studies. My teaching activity covers cultural theory in general, German and European studies, studies of culture and representation and culture in the age of globalism. I also teach seminars of the graduate School of Language, Culture and Communication.

TSU Timothy Yun Hui

TSU Timothy Yun Hui

Professor
Ph.D., Princeton University

Research Keywords
Religion
Social History
East Asia


Research Outline
I am interested in the social history, broadly conceived, of modern Japan and late imperial and modern China. I have written on the environment in China and Japan, the Japanese in colonial Southeast Asia, the Chinese in Japan, the Japanese rule of Taiwan, and the religion and society of China. My most recent publications include articles on the Kobe flood of 1938 and the perception of Chinese cooking in Japan. My latest research project examines the portrayal of war in Chinese movies.

WANG Yu

WANG Yu

Professor
Ph.D., Ryukoku University

Research Keywords
Business Management
Financial Accounting
International Financial Reporting Standards


Research Outline
Financial statements play a significant role in analyzing the financial health of a business, and these statements are prepared based on financial reporting standards. In recent years, the accelerating globalization of business management calls for the improvement in the comparability of financial statements among countries. This has led to the ongoing development of a “common business language,” the international financial reporting standards. What roles should these standards play? Through a comparative case analysis of business management and accounting in China, the U.S. and Japan, my study focuses on examining those roles, not from an investor’s standpoint but from a management standpoint. In particular, it seeks to define what is required of the international financial reporting standards in economically-advanced countries and in emerging and developing countries against their economic and political background, and what benefits these standards will bring to business management.

YAMAMOTO Masayo

YAMAMOTO Masayo

Professor
Ph.D., International Christian University

Research Keywords
Bilingualism
Language Acquisition
Relative Prestige among Languages


Research Outline
My expertise is in the study of bilingualism. From the microscopic perspective, my research interest is in Bilingualism as a First Language, in which children acquire/develop two languages simultaneously from birth. This includes research on how simultaneous bilingual(-to-be) children acquire/develop their languages (Linguistics), how they process those languages (Psycholinguistics), and how they use their languages in the family unit (Sociolinguistics). From the macroscopic view, on the other hand, my interest lies in understanding power struggles among languages, as influenced, for instance, by perceived relative social prestige in the “globalized” world community.

YOSHIDA Hitomi

YOSHIDA Hitomi

Assistant Professor

Research Keywords
Learning English in EFL Context
Self-Regulated Learning Strategy
Self-Efficacy


Research Outline
My research area is TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language). I am especially interested in successful Japanese learners of English who have learned English without having studied or lived outside of Japan. I try to understand what drives them to sustain their motivation on learning English and how they strategically regulate their own learning by conducting life-story interviewing. Taking a close look at the events in their learning trajectories, I analyze their uses of self-regulated learning strategies incorporating with other interrelated areas; motivation and self-efficacy. I am currently working on collecting more trajectories to show many different patterns of successful learning and help students find similarities between successful learners and themselves.

YOSHIMURA Sachiko

YOSHIMURA Sachiko

Professor
Ph.D., International Christian University

Research Keywords
International Law
International Organizations
United Nations


Research Outline
Since my Ph.D. thesis, I have been engaging in research on the Untied Nations (UN) economic sanctions. In the Ph. D. thesis and the following book titled Legal Problems on the United Nations Sanctions not involving the Use of Armed Force, I analyzed the principles, implementation and application of UN economic sanctions. From the analysis, I developed a theory of “international organizations law”, which might be categorized differently from international law or domestic legal system. My recent research on UN economic sanctions deals with the current development of sanctions and resulting problems, such as the human rights problems of “listed” individuals and bodies by the UN sanctions committees. My recent research publications also include the various subjects of international law and organizations, such as rules on the UN, international dispute settlements and international human rights.

YOUN Sung Hee

YOUN Sung Hee

Associate Professor
Ph.D., Tokyo University

Research Keywords
Contrastive Linguistics
Interpretation and Translation Studies
Lexical Semantics


Research Outline
I study languages as a communication tool and how those languages can be used in their social and cultural contexts. Specifically, I describe various linguistic phenomena in Japanese and Korean to analyze them based on linguistic theories, such as lexical semantics. I work on incorporating these study results into Korean language education. I also study interpretation and translation as a form of communication. Interpretation and translation are often considered to be simple, putting a word or phrase in one language into another, however, they are actually very complex tasks requiring a deep understanding of the culture and society in which the target language is rooted. Having worked as an interpreter at international conferences, I strive to understand the relationships among language, culture and society through interpretation and translation.

YU Kang

YU Kang

Professor
Ph.D., Hiroshima University

Research Keywords
Semantic Extension Network Model
Japanese Language Studies
Contrastive Studies in Chinese and Japanese


Research Outline
Studies in contrastive linguistics, an approach focused primarily on parallel translation that seeks to demonstrate the similarities and differences between two languages or among several languages, rarely make a distinctive linguistic contribution or lead to convincing conclusions. This is due to the fact that the choice of words or sentence patterns in translation is often influenced by personal factors of translators. I do not deny that individual language studies and contrastive language studies are both essential to linguistic studies, and that certain patterns can be identified in the vast amount of examples obtained from parallel translation. However, more scientific methodologies should be applied to contrastive studies, and the semantic extension network model can be an extremely important and effective approach in this field. Applying this model to contrastive studies will not only help demonstrate the mechanism of semantic structures of individual languages and its relation to syntactic rules, but also identify universal rules. Based on this approach, I conduct individual studies in Japanese and contrastive studies in Chinese and Japanese.