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Shuto, Motoko

Shuto, Motoko [Director]

Ph.D. in Public Law and International Relations, Hitotsubashi University

She specializes in the fields of politics and international relations in Southeast Asia and transnational labor migration in East Asia. Her current research interests are: regionalism, transnational networking and international labor migration in Southeast/East Asia (focusing on Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore), and human rights and governance in Southeast Asia. She was a visiting fellow at the Southeast Asia program, Cornell University, in 1985-86, and at the research school of pacific and Asian studies, Australian National University in 2000.

Minowa, Mari

Minowa, Mari [Deputy Director]

Ph.D. in Economics, Cornell University

She specializes in the fields of development economics, social sector policies in developing countries, and economics of Latin America. She was an economist at the World Bank (1993-2000) and a visiting expert at the UN-ESCAP (2000-2002) before coming to Tsukuba.

Naito, Hisahiro

Naito, Hisahiro (Personal Website) [Course Manager in Economics Course]

Ph.D. in Economics, the University of Michigan Ann Arbor

He specializes in public policy and public economics. Before he joined the University of Tsukuba in 2004, he taught and did research at Syracuse University (New York, USA), University of California Irvine (California, USA) and Institute of Social Economics Research (Osaka, Japan).

Quimpo, Nathan Gilbert

Quimpo, Nathan Gilbert  [Course Manager in Public Policy]

Ph.D. in Political Science and International Relations, Australian National University

He teaches international relations, comparative politics and Southeast Asian politics. His recent and current researches are on democracy and democratization; conflict and conflict resolution; political parties; political corruption; civil society; and political and social movements. Before turning to an academic career, he was a longtime political activist in the Philippines. He has lectured at the University of the Philippines, University of Amsterdam and Sophia University.

Kashiwagi, Kenichi

Kashiwagi, Kenichi

Ph.D. in International Political Economy, University of Tsukuba

He specializes in Development Economics, Applied Economics, and economic development of Middle East and North African countries. His current research interest includes issues of poverty and unemployment, migration and agricultural development in North Africa. Before joining the faculty of University of Tsukuba, he was a researcher and economic adviser of the Embassy of Japan in Egypt.

Kurokawa, Yoshinori

Kurokawa, Yoshinori (Personal Website)

Ph.D. in Economics, University of Minnesota

He is an economist who specializes in International Trade, Industrial Organization, Economic Growth and Development, Macroeconomics. Before joining the committee, he taught at the University of Minnesota (2004-2007) and the State University of New York at Buffalo (2007-2009).

Kurokawa, Yoshinori

Moges, Abu Girma

Ph.D. in International Political Economy, University of Tsukuba

I teach courses in microeconomics, international finance, and development economics. I have wide research interest in issues dealing with the interactions between economic theory and economic policy, poverty and inequality analysis, fiscal policy and decentralization, global population aging and policy, and African political economy.

Nakano, Yuko

Nakano, Yuko

Ph.D. in Development Economics, National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies

She specializes in development economics and agriculture development in Sub-Saharan Africa. Before she joined the University of Tsukuba in 2012, she worked for International Rice Research Institute in the Philippines and Tanzania.

Osonoi, Shigeo

Osonoi, Shigeo

M.A. in International Studies , University of Tsukuba

He specializes in Comparative Politics and AreaStudies of Latin America. He has been President of the Japanese Association of Latin American Studies (2004-08), associate member of the Science Council of Japan (2006~), Chair of the Master’s Program in International Area Studies (2008-2012), and Provost of the Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences (2012~).

Sapkota, Jeet Bahadur

Sapkota, Jeet Bahadur

Ph.D. in International Studies from Waseda University

He is a development economist specialized in development impacts of globalization. His current research focuses on impacts of access to infrastructure on human development, and economic integration in Asia. Before joining the University of Tsukuba in 2013, he taught at Tribhuvan University and conducted research at Waseda University, Asian Development Bank Institute, and JICA Research Institute.

Tkach-Kawasaki, Leslie

Tkach-Kawasaki, Leslie

Ph.D. in International Political Economy, University of Tsukuba

She specializes in political communication, politics and new media, Internet studies, comparative website content analysis, and methodology and technology. Her current research interests include cross-national political communication, new media and disasters, and e-learning. Her papers have appeared in international peer-reviewed journals such as Party Politics and Social Science Computer Review.

Takasaki, Yoshito

Tsuji, Yuichiro

J.S.D (Doctor of the Science of Jurisprudence) ,UC Berkeley School of Law

He specializes in constitutional law, administrative law, environmental law, comparative law and cyber law. His current research interests are: human right and government, judicial review, climate change, adaptation, disaster measure, and freedom of expression, internet and law, social media in Japan and the U.S.

Urano, Edson

Urano, Edson

Ph.D. in Economics, Tohoku University

Was Research Fellow at Hitotsubashi University, Lecturer at Sophia University, and became Associate Professor of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences of the University of Tsukuba in July 2010. His work focuses on the Sociology of Work, International Migration and Latin American Studies. He has also analyzed the role of social policies in a transnational perspective, with special focus on anti-poverty programs, especially Conditional Cash Transfer programs, such as Bolsa Familia in Brazil.

Yamada, Toru

Yamada, ToruPersonal Website

Ph.D. in Anthropology, University of Hawaii

My research focus is on the legal translation process, particularly in terms of how public administrators translate and implement international conventions in particular local socio-political contexts in Japan and Asia-Pacific.

Yu, Zhengfei

Yu, Zhengfei

Ph.D. in Economics, University of British Columbia

He specializes in Econometrics, where he has been working on testing for multiple equilibria, weak identification, program evaluations and other topics within this subject. He joined University of Tsukuba in 2015.

Zhu, Yi

Zhu, Yi

Ph.D in Japanese Studies, The University of Hong Kong

She specializes in the field of business anthropology. Her interests include cross-cultural management, cultural aspects in the customer service (such as omotenashi) and reproduction of organizational culture.

Program Officers

Watanabe, Mai
Watanabe, Mai
Akimoto, Nami
Akimoto, Nami
Onuma, Mina
Onuma, Mina

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