Richard Siddle




Specially Appointed Professor

Research Keywords

Multiculturalism, Japan’s minorities, ethnic tourism, adventure tourism


BSc Agricultural Economics, Reading University
PhD Japanese Studies (Social history), Sheffield University


My involvement with Japan goes back over 30 years to when I first arrived (on a boat from the then Soviet Union) in 1982. For the last twenty years I have been an academic in Japanese Studies, based at the School of East Asian Studies at Sheffield University until my arrival in Hokkaido in 2011. Most of that time has seen me researching into ethnic minorities and multiculturalism in Japan, but recently I have extended my interests to include tourism, especially mountain-based adventure tourism. Hokkaido is certainly a good place for this kind of research!

Teaching is also an important part of my academic life and I teach courses that reflect my interests in history, multiculturalism and tourism. My classes are all about the stimulation of critical thinking and not the repetition of facts, so come prepared to exercise those brain cells.

Selected Publications

  • Critical Readings on Ethnic Minorities and Multiculturalism in Japan, Leiden and Boston: Brill, 2013
  • Japan and Okinawa: Structure and Subjectivity, London and New York: Routledge, 2003 (with Glenn D. Hook)
  • Race, Resistance and the Ainu of Japan, London and New York: Routledge, 1996