Past Record


Ph. D. Anthropology, University of Washington (Fulbright Scholar), 1989

M. I. A. (Master of International Affairs), University of Tsukuba, Japan, 1987

M. A. Anthropology, University of Washington (Fulbright Scholar), 1985

B. A. Comparative Culture, University of Tsukuba, Japan, 1981

Thesis title

“‘Breaking the Silence’: Ethnicity and the Quest for Redress among Japanese Americans” (PhD thesis)

Employment History

Professor, Institute for Research in Humanities, Kyoto University


Associate Professor, Institute for Research in Humanities, Kyoto University


Associate Professor, College of International Relations/ Institute of Social Sciences, University of Tsukuba


Assistant Professor (tenured), College of International Relations/Institute of Social Sciences, University of Tsukuba


Affiliate Professor (promoted from Affiliate Associate Professor in 2006), Dept. of Anthropology, University of Washington


Visiting Professor, Dept. of Anthropology, MIT


Visiting Scholar (on a grant from the Ministry of Education and Science), Dept. of Anthropology, Harvard University


Visiting Scholar (on Keidanren CBCC fellowship), Dept. of Anthropology/ Asian American Studies Center, University of California, Los Angeles

Part-time teaching (recent positions only)


Part-time lecturer, Open University of Japan

1995-1997 Part-time lecturer, Open University of Japan

Academic Activities

American Anthropological Association

American Ethnological Society

Vice Chair, Science Council of Japan, Multicultural Coexistence Section (2006-present)

Chief Secretary, Science Council of Japan, Anthropology Section (2006-present)

Member, Science Council of Japan, Physical Anthropology Section (2006-present)

Executive committee to reexamine the concepts of race and ethnicity, Science Council of Japan (1996-2000)

Member of the committee of international relations, Japanese Society of Cultural Anthropology (2008-present)

Member of board of trustees (2004-2010), Board Member (2000-Present), Editorial board member (2000-2004), Japanese Association for American Studies

Member of Executive Board (2000-Present), Editor in Chief of the 20th anniversary anthology (2009-present), Editorial Board Member (1996-1998), Japanese Association for Overseas Japanese Studies

Professional Activities

Committee of the NGO Scholarship for Children of Minority Groups in Japan (2007-present)

Supervisor for a new exhibition at Kobe Center for Overseas Migration and Cultural Interaction (2009-2010)

Vice chair, Board of Trustees, Hyogo International Association (2004-present)

Director, “Research Group for Multicultural Co-existence Society”, Academic Exchange Department, Hyogo Earthquake Memorial 21st Century Research Institute (2006-2008)

Member of the Board of Directors, Multi Language Center FACIL, NPO Takatori (2006-2010)

Director, “Research Group for Multicultural Coexistence”, Committee for Research on 21st Century Civilization (2004-2007)

Promotion Committee, “Support System for Foreign Residents in Hyogo Prefecture and Internationalization of the Region”, Department of Disaster Management, Hyogo Prefectural Government Review and Proposal Project: 10 Years after the Great Earthquake (2004-2005)

Vice-chair, “Discussion and Promotion Committee of Multiculturalism for Children”, Department of Human Rights Education, Hyogo Prefectural Board of Education (2003-2004)

Committee, Curriculum Development for Hyogo Prefectural Ashiya International Secondary School, Hyogo Prefectural Board of Education (2003)