Faculty Members of the Course of Regional Development Studies , Graduate School of Global and Regional Studies

Faculty Members of the Course of Regional Development Studies , Graduate School of Global and Regional Studies

※The content regarding faculty members is as of April 1st, 2021 and is subject to change.
※About research advisers
M...Master's program adviser
D...Doctoral program adviser
-...Lecturer(Not in charge of research advising)

Name Research Guidance Language of Research advising Research Field


Ikuko Okamoto


岡本先生 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.


Shingo Ashizawa


Education, Sociology of education, International educational exchange


Toshihiro Ashino



Materials Database, Data for Science and Technology, Distributed Information System, Internet

Practical training course for Internet technology and network security.


Toshiya Aramaki


Web site

荒巻先生 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.


An Sang Kyung




Schedule to retire at the end of 2021

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.


Toshiyuki Okamura


岡村先生 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 peoples 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.


Hidetoshi Kitawaki




Schedule to retire at the end of 2021

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.


Kazuo Takahashi




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.


Kenmei Tsubota

MD International Trade, Development Economics, Spatial Economics 


Namiko Numao


沼尾先生 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.


Susumu Nejima


Cultural Anthropology, South Asian Studies

In the course of Japan Studies, we will study about Japanese folk religion.


Yoshiaki Hisamatsu



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.


Noritsugu Fujimoto


藤本先生 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.


Ryo Matsumaru


松丸先生 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.


Chino Yabunaga




No classes in Fall of AY 2021 due to sabbatical leave 

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.


Yoshito Yamazaki


山崎先生 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? Im studying the theme.

Associate Professor

Yusuke Sasaki


佐々木先生 M

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.

Associate Professor

Norihisa Shima


志摩先生 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.

Associate Professor

Akiko Nakajima


中島先生 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.

Associate Professor

Kyoko Nakamura


中村先生 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 development and alternative life-course choices etc.