Faculty Members of Course of Regional Development Studies

Graduate School of Global and Regional Studies Faculty Members

※This "Faculty Members" page is as of April 1st, 2018, these members may change.
※About research advisers
・M…Master's program adviser 
・D…Doctoral program adviser
・-…Lecturer (Not in charge of research advising)

Professor Ikuko Okamoto (Doctor (Area Studies)、Kyoto University) 【MD】

Agricultural and rural development, resource management, Myanmar area studies
My major field of research is the agricultural and rural development of developing countries, especially in Myanmar. In my courses, the emphasis will be placed on understanding on the mechanism of rural economy, while identifying prescriptions for improving the livelihood of rural people on empirical basis.
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Professor Shingo Ashizawa (Master of Education)   【-】

  Education, Sociology of education, International educational exchange

Professor Toshihiro Ashino (Master of Education)   【-】

  Materials Database, Data for Science and Technology, Distributed Information System, Internet
Practical training course for Internet technology and network security.
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Professor Toshiya Aramaki (Doctor of Engineering, University of Tokyo) 【MD】

  Urban and Global Environmental Management, Environmental Systems Analysis
My research area is environmental planning and management, which includes water and wastewater management, solid waste management, mitigation and adaptation of global environmental issues, environmental performance evaluation, etc.
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Professor An Sang Kyung (Master of Science, Asian Institute of Technology) 【MD】

    Urban Development
This course is designed to provide an introduction to some of key issues surrounding the challenges of urban planning and development the 21st century and a deeper understanding of the urban planning process and new planning approaches in a global context.
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Professor Toshiyuki Okamura (Doctor of Engineering, University of Tokyo) 【MD】

  Urban transport planning and policy, Public transport planning and operation, Transport engineering, Urban and Regional Planning
Experiences of infrastructure development and management both in developed and developing countries are examined in my course. Case studies in transport and urban sectors are discussed in the context of
sustainable development. Deep understanding and insight of people’s trip behavior, preferences and intentions is the key for planning urban transportation. I strongly request students to brush up a sense
of planners and engineers as well as learning specific knowledge and methodologies.
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Professor Hidetoshi Kitawaki (Doctor of Engineering, University of Tokyo) 【MD】

    Appropriate Water Supply and Sanitation in Developing Countries
Comprehensive discussion is made on health related problems, hygiene practices and appropriate technology for water supply and sanitation (Ws/S). Planning methodology for Ws/S development projects is also discussed.
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Professor Kazuo Takahashi (Master of Political Science, Gakushuin University)   【MD】

    Urban and Regional Sociology, Visual Sociology
Sociological research on community development in Asian mega-cities has conducted in the fields of the urban poor communities focusing on the structure of community and the community networks. And also, “visual sociology” using visual representation has been constructing as methodology of sociological research. In the class these topics and theory are discussed.
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Professor Yoshimitsu Nishikawa (Doctor of Law)   【MD】

    International relations, Politics
My major field is international politics, especially , Japan-Us relationship and international  political analysis  around  Northeast Asia. This course is designed to provide an introduction to some of key politico-military issues surrounding Northeast Asia  especially Japan,China,Taiwan, North Korea.
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Professor Namiko Numao  (Master of Economics) 【MD】

  Public Finance
My research field is local public finance, which includes local public policy, local taxation, and fiscal relationships between central and local governments in Japan.
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Professor Susumu Nejima (Doctor of Literature )   【-】

  Cultural Anthropology, South Asian Studies
In the course of Japan Studies, we will study about Japanese folk religion.
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Professor Yoshiaki Hisamatsu (-)   【M】

Development Economics, International Economics, Political Economy, and Latin American Economy.
I teach a part of Japan Studies, in which students learn industrial development of Japan through company viewpoint. 
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Professor Noritsugu Fujimoto (Ph.D in Economics , Kyushu University)  【MD】

    Economic Geography, Urban Geography, Urban System 
My lecture and seminar focus on urban and economic geography, paying attention on a range of issues relating to global and national urban system, office location theory,  city economies and national land structure.
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Professor Ryo Matsumaru (Doctor of Engineering, Yokohama National University) 【MD】

  Disaster Management
As both natural and man made disasters hinder the development process, “Disaster Management” is one of main issues for development in developing countries. To provide practical solution for minimizing the damages of disasters, various and combined approaches from engineering to social science and policy planning to community development will be applied in my research.
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Professor Chino Yabunaga (M.A. in Social Sciences, Waseda University) 【MD】



Social Policy, Comparative Welfare State
Social welfare issues are my main research themes which I try to examine from the perspective of social sciences and policy analysis. Cross-national comparison of welfare states is also my area of concern. I often conduct fieldwork in Nordic countries.
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Professor Yoshito Yamazaki (Ph.D.,  Waseda University)  【MD】



Community Design & Planning, “Machizukuri”
In Japan which the population and the birthrate decline, how will it be possible for local communities to raise the continuity without declining? I’m studying the theme.
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Associate Professor Yusuke Sasaki (Ph.D in Comparative Literature and Culture (The University of Tokyo)   【-】

    Photography, Comparative Cultural Studies
Comparative studies in cross-media (e.g. photography, text, film, music …) and cross-cultural (esp. French-speaking and English-speaking areas) perspectives.
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Associate Professor Norihisa Shima (Doctor of Engineering, The University of Tokyo) 【MD】

    Urban and regional planning, “machizukuri”
How can we address the challenge of urbanization? Rapidly urbanization of most Asian, African and Latin American cities imposes complex issues on us all, yet conventional urban and regional planning seldom works to show the solution. Though field surveys recently in Indonesia, Thailand, Philippines, Vietnam, Bangladesh, Zambia and Senegal as well as theoretical reviews, I am trying to answer the question.
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Associate Professor Akiko Nakajima  (Ph.D., Waseda University) 【MD】

    Comparative Politics, Eu Area Studies
My main research theme is welfare politics in Europe, focusing on Spain and other Southern European states. Within that research area, I deal with such subjects as party politics, relationship between the center and the regions, the third sector, migration or the European Union politics.
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Associate Professor Kyoko Nakamura  (Doctor (Area Studies)、Kyoto University)   【MD】

    Cultural Anthropology, African Area Studies

I have been conducting anthropological research among Kenyan Samburu pastoralists. My major topics are "beaded body adornments and life stage", “tourism development and ethnic culture” and “women’s development and alternative life-course choices”, etc.

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Visiting professor Khan Shahed  (Ph.D. in Urban Planning Asian Institute of Technology)   【-】



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