Message from the faculty (Course of International Tourism Management Prof. Katsuhiko Shoji)

Mutual Transformation of Theory & Practice

(Updated in January 2020)


Q. What made you choose an academic career path and become a faculty member?

After I finished graduate school, I joined the Ministry of the Environment where I was in charge of national parks, wildlife, environmental assessments, park facility planning, natural environment surveys, and the humane treatment and management of wildlife. At the National Land Agency, I was in charge of national land planning, among other duties. Given my experience and achievements, I wondered if there was any way I could conduct practical research and teaching activities myself. So I switched careers and took on a job at a university.

Q. What are your specialized fields of research? Please describe major topics that you have pursued.

Drawing on various fields, my approach focuses on the keywords of assessment and value creation from the perspective of my goal to build a better society. The legal system and the development of technologies is important but the theme of my research is the design of people’s hearts and minds (sense of value).

Q. Tell us about the negatives and positives you have had as a researcher. 

Difficulties include work-life balance and not having enough space to store documents and papers. What makes me happy is the feeling of achieve I have when I complete a book or thesis. The real pleasure of research and teaching activities for me is likely the repetitive spiral of small achievements and satisfaction.

Q. What do you think are the key benefits of studying at a graduate school?

It is because it allows a student to fully immerse themselves and study hard.

Q. Would you give some advice to potential applicants of graduate courses?

The study of tourism is a very profound, integrated study. The study of tourism requires the ability to see the real essence of things. Also, I would advice students to experience things first hand, put they are studying into practice, and to think logically.


Profile

Name: Katsuhiko Shoji

Background: Studied at the Department of Forestry, Faculty of Agriculture, Niigata University and the Graduate School of Agriculture, the University of Tokyo. After joining and serving a stint at the Environment Agency (present-day Ministry of the Environment), took on his present position in 2004 (professor at the Faculty of International Tourism Management, Toyo University).

Fields of specialty: Studies on landscape, tourism policy, tourism and recreational facilities planning

Major works: Technical Manual for the Environmental Impact Assessment of Nature; Japanese Landscape Collection in the Heisei Period—People’s Lives and the Country’s Landscape; Manual for Preparing Maintenance Plans for Usable Sites, including Natural Parks; Q&A on Revised Act of Welfare and Management of Animals