Message from the faculty (Course of International Tourism Management Prof. Chieko Nakabasami)
Communication beyond Cultures
Q. Introduce your background as a researcher.
After I graduated with a degree in engineering mathematics of the faculty of applied physics, I started working for an IT subcompany belonging to one of the mega-banks in Japan. One year has passed, and my life has changed dramatically. I got married and moved from Osaka (West of Japan) to Saitama (East of Japan, near Tokyo). Before Toyo University, I found a job as an administration staff at a computer learning center in one small university in Saitama. My job was taking care of the students who were studying with PCs in the center, for which I was able to use my background. One day a professor came to me and ask if I could computerize her language learning material used in her class. She was Japanese language professor in charge of non-Japanese students. I tried to create a prototype of the learning material. It took me a few years to make up material enough for the students, and during that time I was collaborating with the professor to submit some articles on computer-aided language learning to some academic journals. Then I decided to research more deeply into computational linguistics and enter the graduate school of Information Science to start research career. I was researching on Natural Language Processing, which is one of the fields of Information Science. I was focusing my research on how we can make computers understand human languages and how computers can communicate with humans by human proper languages.
Q. Introduce what topics you have been studying so far as a researcher.
Cooking Language with Scientific Approach
As I wrote above, I started my academic career with Natural Language Processing of Information Science field. After entering Toyo University, I have been working with some colleagues of Regional Development Studies on inter-cultural communication and multi-lingual communication in developing countries using information science approaches. After transferring to International Tourism Management (current), I am researching on communication network analysis in a multicultural society and have been conducting field research in a small village in Southern Italy in which people from diverse cultural background live together. I also extended my research area to the neighboring villages of the Ionian Coast and am exploring how ‘Solidarity Tourism’ can be realized using communication network. In conjunction with this, I am applying my research to multilingual communication with inbound tourist for hospitality.
Q. As a researcher, share your hardships and successes.
When I was working for the computer center, I had many troubles every day, for example, some professors came and asked me to repair their own computers. I was not a repairperson of the PC shop. Now, however, I realize it was a positive experience.
I am very happy when I enjoy getting together with the villagers in my current research area. They are so friendly. Besides my questions, they are telling to me a lot of wonderful stories about their lives, the history of their village, etc.
Q. What is the appeal of studying at graduate school?
I think you can deepen what you intend to learn whatever your goals. You can also meet a lot of like-minded colleagues who can share their different perspectives.
Q. A message to students who are considering studying at graduate school.
Learning can enrich your life. Learning can continue throughout your life.
Profile: Name, career, specialty field, research achievements
- Bachelor from Department of Engineering of Osaka University
- PhD. from Department of Science and Engineering of Saitama University
- Academic fields: Information Science, Multicultural Communication, Solidarity Tourism
- My motto: I want to speak as many languages as possible to communicate with a lot of people beyond their cultures. I want valuable information to reach the least connected people in the world.
- Papers and books: see researchmap HP: