SIS Faculty List

School of International Studies        May 10, 2018

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

ADACHI Marie

ADACHI Marie

Instructor of Japanese as a Foreign Language

Research Keywords
Japanese-Language Education
Assessment
Intercultural Communication


Research Outline
I teach Japanese to people living in Japan who are not native speakers of the language. At the same time, I also engage in research on educational materials and teaching and assessment methods. Through my teaching and research, I have come to think that it is important for Japanese language learners to see the language not as just one foreign language, but more widely as a communication tool for self-expression. Therefore, in everything from designing classes to assessing students, I make an effort to ensure that in their future activities they will benefit concretely from facility in the Japanese language and knowledge of Japanese society and culture. When it comes to assessments, I try to ensure that they are not unidirectional (given by the teacher to students) but something that students can do with regard to their own learning. Furthermore, many of the Japanese language learners I teach find themselves in both class and society amidst cultures different from the ones they are used to. It is my desire to teach students so that they can construct the best possible relationships with others using the Japanese language no matter the environment.

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.

GIODARNO Micheal

GIODARNO Micheal

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

Research Keywords
Extensive listening
Computer and mobile assisted language learning
Autonomous learning


Research Outline
I have been an English instructor in the Kansai region since 2008. I earned a Master's of Science in Education (TESOL) in 2015. Since then I have become interested in listening education and research. I believe that listening is one of the most difficult of the four language skills and is also the most under-researched. Improving listening skills takes an incredible amount of time and effort. It requires a dedicated, self-reliant student. I believe that teachers can help students become more autonomous learners little by little through pedagogy and technology.

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.

ITAGAKI Shizuka

ITAGAKI Shizuka

Assistant Professor

Research Keywords
Bilingualism
Teaching English to dyslexic students
English education using Japanese Sign Language



Research Outline
I’ve studied codeswitching in Japanese-English bilingual children using sociolinguistic approach. The reasons and motivations of their codeswitchings have suggested that codeswitching is an effective linguistic strategy for bilingual people.
Lately, I also have studied how to teach English to students who have Learning Difficulties (LD). I am especially interested in digital textbooks which help those students understand English sentences and acquire vocabulary and accurate pronunciation.
Moreover, I’ve just started studying how to teach English using Japanese Sign Language. I hope this will help hearing-impaired students learn English effectively.

KANAZAWA Yu

KANAZAWA Yu

Assistant Professor

Research Keywords
Second Language Vocabulary Acquisition
Cognitive Psychology
Philosophy of Emotion



Research Outline
I have a Ph.D. degree in Language, Communication, and Culture and majored in Second Language Acquisition/Applied Linguistics. For my doctoral study, I have investigated the mental mechanism of vocabulary memory and the conditions of successful vocabulary learning via cognitive psychological methodology and theories. Currently, I am interested more in fundamental theoretical studies, from which pedagogical practices and epistemology are derived. For example, I am revisiting the relationship between emotion and cognition, which is a long-standing issue in philosophy and psychology, reviewing multidisciplinary perspectives such as micro-level emotion, fractal multileveledness of mental faculties, depth of processing, and emotional intelligence, and proposing new hypotheses and implications which aim to apply the understanding of subconscious, micro-developmental, and active-dynamic emotion to second language acquisition. I put importance on interdisciplinary academic endeavors and am especially intrigued by the early pragmatism (by C. S. Peirce, W. James, & J. Dewey), the biological philosophy (by H. Bergson), the process philosophy (by A. N. Whitehead), and their active, dynamic, organic, and élan-woven metaphysics and theories on human, development, and education. As for teaching, I have tried to pay mindful attention on multiple intelligences and diversity and to support each learner aided by multisensory ICTs, as is seen in Three-E-Imaginizer of my own invention. In terms of ELT in Japan, I am also leading a large-scale collaborative research project on processing, acquisition, and familiarity of English multiword sequences among Japanese EFL learners and its pedagogical application.

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 Haoyu

LU Haoyu

Instructor of Chinese as a Foreign Language

Research Keywords
Chinese Linguistics
Japanese-Chinese Comparative Study
Grammaticalization



Research Outline
I am interested in the Passive voice in modern Chinese.Normally, the predicate verb of a Chinese passive sentence must be transitive verb. In recent years, some passive expressions with intransitive verb like “Bei zisha”“Bei lihun” can be found on the Internet. In the meanings and the speakers’ intentions of this kind of a typical case, I have analyzed them based on the theories of Pragmatics. In the future, I am to conduct researches on the characteristic of this Passive Expression by contrasting it with the Passive Expression in Japanese.
At the School of International Studies, my job is to teach students Chinese language in pronunciation and basic grammar,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

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

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

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.

SMITH Micheal

SMITH Micheal

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

Research Keywords
World Englishes
Sociolinguistics
Technology-Enhanced education


Research Outline
My academic background is in post-compulsory education, with an emphasis on applied linguistics and technology-enhanced language learning. In particular, I have examined the impact of globalization and neoliberalism on foreign language education, as situated within East Asia. I anticipate that my future research will describe local conceptualizations of foreign language adoption within Japan, and the manner by which the sociolinguistic positionality of English language spread has impacted upon contemporary Japanese culture. Moreover, I have an interest in computer-assisted language learning and hope to enhance my range of teaching methodologies in an effort to effect contemporary approaches to English language learning whilst teaching at Kwansei Gakuin University.

TAKAMURA Mineo

TAKAMURA Mineo

Associate Professor

Research Keywords
British/American Literature and Culture
Comparative Literature
Studies of Culture and Representation



Research Outline
After having studied American literature for B.A. and M.A. at the University of Tokyo, I took my Ph.D in Comparative literature at the University of Illinois in 2011. While my principal academic focus has been on early twentieth-century American literature, I have attempted to cross over different disciplines in humanities (literature, aesthetics, and philosophy) and have written essays on various topics including David Bowie and Christopher Nolan. In 2017, I published my first monograph Fureru Koto no Modernity [Tactility and Modernity] based on my Ph.D dissertation. The book analyzes the discourse and image of touch in Western Modernism by focusing on D. H. Lawrence, Alfred Stieglitz, Walter Benjamin and Maurice Merleau-Ponty. My current interests are twofold. First, the problem of culture and literature under the presidency of Donald Trump. I have keen interest in how the current cultural/political debate on totalitarianism and violence is related to the political situation today. The other academic interest of mine is far more long-standing: namely, a literary analysis of historical vision of an early twentieth-century American author Edith Wharton.
My teaching courses at Kwansei Gakuin University are designed to provide students with opportunities to acquire both English proficiency and in-depth knowledge of Western culture and literature. With my students I would like to examine such general and universal correlations between human ability and artificial intelligence, nation and state, knowledge and experience, sex and gender, as well as violence and tenderness.

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.

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

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.

YUI Miharu

YUI Miharu

Assistant Professor

Research Keywords
Area Studies in South Asian
Indian Politics
Security Studies



Research Outline
The theme of my research is political and social transformation in contemporary India, and I have performed analysis using a multi-disciplinary approach that combines political science, security studies, and research on crime with South Asian studies based on an interest in the question of how people can coexist.
Over the past few years, India has achieved remarkable economic development under a robust democratic system and had increased its international presence, which includes playing a part as one of the influential BRICs emerging nations. Meanwhile, due to the diverse social structure which is a mix of people who belong to different ethnicities, religions, languages, castes, and social classes, there have been conflicts, unrest, and terrorist incidents. Therefore, I have conducted research with a focus on initiatives that people in local communities seek ways to resolve conflict and coexist that do not depend on the use of force.
In addition, broadening the scope of my previous research to the South Asia region, I have incorporated comparative research on the challenges of politics and religion, state politics and decentralized growth, economic growth and disparities, and the achievement of secure and stable societies.