Research

The research conducted by MJSP faculty members forms the foundation of their teaching. The research areas of the MJSP faculty members are as follows:

Hironori Sasada

Hironori Sasada (PhD, University of Washington, 2008) researches the political economy of Japan and East Asia focusing mainly on the processes of institutional development and policymaking in such policy areas as industry, trade, and agriculture. He has also published on nationalism and party politics in Japan. His previous research analyzed the process in which the systems of the Japanese economy evolved with a focus on the impacts of economic ideas of policymakers. He is currently researching the historical development of Japan’s agricultural trade policy between the Meiji era and the 1960s.

Emma Cook

Emma Cook (PhD, SOAS: University of London, 2010) is a social anthropologist who researches issues of gender, identity, health and well being in contemporary Japan. She has published on part-time employment, masculinities, adulthood, intimacy and family relations among Japanese youth who work as ‘freeters’, and her first book is titled: Reconstructing Adult Masculinities: Part-Time Work in Contemporary Japan (London: Routledge). She is currently researching aspects of health, well being, emotion, and risk management in relation to food allergies in Japan and the UK.

Takayuki Ito

Takayuki Ito (PhD, Kokugakuin University, 2005) researches modern Japanese language history and Japanese language education history. His main focus is the history and development of the Japanese language from the point of view of notation, vocabulary, usage and grammar. He has used transcripts of debates in the Imperial Diet and textbooks for foreign learners of the Japanese language published from the Meiji Period up to World War II as sample texts, and he has used these examples to show the development over time of the Japanese language. He has also investigated the backgrounds of the people who produced such teaching materials.

Susanne Klien

Susanne Klien (PhD, University of Vienna, 2001) researches modern and contemporary rural Japan, specifically anthropological issues relating to subjective wellbeing, intangible cultural property, ritual practices, regional revitalization and tourism, mobility and alternative lifestyles in post-growth rural Japan. She has previously conducted ethnographic research across Japan, including Shimane, Niigata, Miyagi and Iwate Prefecture and has received a variety of grants to support her research including funding from the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science and the Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science & Technology. Her current research project focuses on youth culture in Hokkaido.

Michael Schiltz

The research of Michael Schiltz (Ph.D., University of Leuven, 2002) concentrates on the role of banks and finance in the way imperial Japan defined its position vis-à-vis a) its colonies, spheres of influence and satellite states (Manchuria) and b) the world’s capital centers. He has published a book on Japanese monetary advisors or ‘money doctors’ in Taiwan, Korea, China and Manchukuo (Harvard UP, 2012). A second, completed, book manuscript employs forensic accounting techniques to discuss banking practice in the nascent branch network of the country’s prestigious exchange bank: the Yokohama Specie Bank (YSB). One current project seeks to develop this perspective further for the study of YSB’s later history; yet another focuses on financial scandals in prewar Japan. Michael is also strongly interested in the impact of telegraphy and other electronic media (gramophone, …) on 19th century Japanese society.

Jonathan Bull

Jonathan Bull is a historian (PhD, Hokkaido University, 2014) whose research looks at how forced migration and the end of empire affected Japanese society after 1945. He has published on the movement of people from Karafuto (present-day southern Sakhalin) to Hokkaido as well as interaction among repatriates, officials and the press. He is currently researching the role of private charities in facilitating population movements in East Asia in the wake of the Second World War. In addition, he has started to research the role of museum displays in Japan and Germany in influencing historical memory of post-imperial migration.