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Department/Specialty/Research Interest

  • KAWASHIMA, Kentaro

    German Literature
    Modern German Literature and Philosophy. Media Studies

    I do research on German literature and German theoretical thinking from the viewpoint of the media history. Media are a historical a priori for writing and thinking. Media history from printing by way of analog media to digital media changed the relationship of time and space immensely. I try to observe and describe the influences media history has exerted on literary and theoretical discourses.

  • KAWACHI, Keiko

    English and American Literature
    Modern and Contemporary English Literature

    My main areas of research is the literature of the late Victorian period with special interest in the works of Oscar Wilde and critical analysis of English novels. The latter area includes such academic aspects as the history of the English novel, gothic fiction in Britain, wars and novels, etc. I am currently working on two subjects: World War I and Ford Madox Ford and the world of the contemporary English novels. (My recent papers have dealt with Pat Barker, Sarah Waters and Susan Hill.)

  • KAWABATA, Hideaki
    Associate Professor

    Aesthetic Science, Cognitive Neuroscience, Experimental Psychology

    I am studying the psychology of the subjective and aesthetic experience and its association with brain mechanisms. I am mostly interested in the psychological and neurobiological aspects of beauty, the appearance of attractiveness in faces and bodies, social attributions, and human perception. My main methodological techniques are psychophysical experiments with fMRI, EEG, eye-tracking, and motion capture. Human subjectivity is vague and easily influenced. We are pursuing applied research that will elucidate mind and brain functions concerned with the relationship and causality of these factors.

  • KANZAKI, Tadaaki

    Western History
    Western Medieval History

    I am an agnostic who wondered and still wonders at the Christian believers. My main interest is what and why the medieval Europeans believed what they did. Reading especially the writings of the medieval religious, I want to understand their frame of their mind. Also what interests me is how a modern way of thinking emerged out of the theocentric solution at the close of the middle ages.

  • Library and Information Science
    Information Retrieval

    I am interested in the theory and technology of information retrieval, especially statistical techniques for enhancing retrieval performance. More specifically, I have proposed some algorithms for cross-language information retrieval in which the language of a search query is different from that used in the documents being searched. Automatic clustering of documents is another one of my research topics. For example, I have recently conducted experiments using clustering algorithms that generate a tree structure from a large-scale document collection.

  • KITANAKA, Junko

    Human Sciences
    Medical Anthropology, History of Psychiatry

    I am a medical anthropologist with interests encompassing the anthropology of science, biomedicine and psychiatry; depression and suicide; aging and dementia; and global health and preventive medicine. My book Depression in Japan (Princeton Univ. Press, 2012) examines the rise of depression and the emergence of psychiatry as a force of social transformation in Japan. My current project on dementia investigates the changing landscape of aging in the genomic age and the global psychiatrization of the life cycle.

  • KIDA, Kohei

    French Literature
    French Linguistics

    My research interest lies in the semantic-pragmatic interface (conditional, metaphor, proverb, anaphora, implicature, etc.), with special reference to the French literary language. My account has been developed within the Theory of Semantic Blocks, a framework advocated by Marion Carel, which incorporates the key insights of Oswald Ducrot's argumentation-based semantics.

  • KIM, Byungchul

    Foreign Languages
    Cultural Anthropology

    I studied Wako (Japanese pirates), Ebune (sea nomads of Japan), and the history and the culture of sea people in Japan. I have studied the transformation of the family in modern South Korea and studied education and identity of the Koreans residing in Japan. I am interested in not only the memory of the war, but also the recent food culture and food education of Asia.

  • KIRIMOTO, Tota

    Asian History
    Chinese Ancient History and Folklore

    Just as every age has its own milieu, so had the ancient Chinese. I am particularly interested in Chinese mythology as the embodiment of the Zeitgeist.

  • KUMEKAWA, Mario

    German Literature
    Goethe's Way of Science, History of Science, History of Sports, Popular Music Studies, and Monster Films

    German poet Jahann Wolfgang von Goethe was also an excellent nature seeker. His literature was invented from his view of nature, and he kept sounding the alarm to modern civilization from his point of view, into which he incorporated the natural sciences. I’m working with an interdisciplinary study group, by which Goethe's way of thinking suggests its starting point. The purpose of my study is, in cooperation with researchers in various areas, to kindle an interdisciplinary discussion for modern civilization from multiple angles, and to explore the teaching of civilization theory to better manage the future of human society.

  • KURAISHI, Ritsu
    Associate Professor

    Natural Sciences
    Developmental Biology

    The embryos and larvae of the blue bat star (patiria pectinifera) are good materials for microsurgical experiments because they are transparent and have simple structures. I use these unique characteristics to analyze the roles of larval organs in the developmental and physiological processes.

  • KURATA, Keiko

    Library and Information Science
    Scholarly Communication, Library and Information Science

    My research subject is scholarly communication in the construction of scientific knowledge through the role of information media. I am especially interested in the transformation of scholarly communication in the digital age, open access movements of research achievement, and the placement of research platforms in the era of open science.

  • German Literature
    Medieval Literature

    My main area of research is in medieval German culture and thought. I'm working on various, diverse research projects on the social, historical background of the Christian mystic Meister Eckhart. I'm also interested in European mythology and ancient literature.

  • KONO, Reiko
    Associate Professor

    Natural Sciences
    Physical Anthropology, Human Evolution

    I am interested in the evolutionary history of humankind and have been tackling this huge theme by investigating the morphology of dentition, especially molars, of extant humans, hominoids, and their fossil relatives. By doing this, I also have learned how to acquire and handle digital 3D data of natural objects such as bones and teeth. With this skill I am participating in various collaborative research.


    English and American Literature
    Intercultural Communication, Acculturation Psychology

    My research interests are in intercultural communication, acculturation psychology, and intercultural education. I aim to facilitate positive intercultural contact both in Japan and abroad and to advance theoretical research by developing new ways of conceptualizing the acculturation process and its outcomes.

  • Japanese Literature
    Sinitic Literature (kanbun) in Early Modern and Modern Japan (17 – 19th Century)

    The purpose of my studies and publications is to explore dynamic movements in Sinitic literature, or Classical Chinese literature, in early modern and modern Japan from various methodologies, including an analysis of poetical styles and theories, biographical studies of literati, and research on book imports from China and their reception by Japanese intellectuals. In the monograph entitled Studies on Sinitic Prose and Poetry written by Japanese in Bakumatsu and Meiji Periods (2014), I depict changes in the roles and images of Sinitic literature during the course of political and cultural modernization, alongside a detailed illustration of various literary activities by more traditional schools of Confucians and poets. My most recent interest involves the formation of the canon of Sinitic poetry written by Japanese during the Edo and Meiji periods and its relationship with contemporary education. Historiographical studies of modern novelists, such as Ogai and Soseki, are also within the scope of my work.

  • GOTO, Fumiko

    Aesthetics and Science of Arts
    Western Art History

    My research interests are modern German art, architecture, and gardens. I am seeking new cross-disciplinary ways to investigate multi-layered relationship between gardens, architecture, and art in the modernist movement. Art history, theory of art, and plant ecology are regarded as important disciplines for my research methodology, so-called "Gartenkunstwissenschaft."

  • SAITO, Taro

    German Literature
    German Literature of the Enlightenment

    German literature of the 18th century with a focus on the literature of enlightenment. Special interest in literary anthropology and secret societies (Freemasonry, Illuminati, etc.)

  • SAITO, Yoshimichi

    Phenomenology, Modern and Contemporary Philosophy of Europe

    ・Reinterpretation of the Relationship between Phenomenon and Being
    ・Problem of 'Unscheinbares'

  • SAKAI, Yukiko
    Associate Professor (Non-tenured)

    Library and Information Science
    Health and Medical Information; Scholarly Communication; Information Professionals

    Dr. Yukiko Sakai has been researching how health information can be easily communicated to laypersons through Japanese text. Other research interests are as follows: value of medical information for patient care, transformation of scholarly communication, and use and impact of scholarly information among laypeople. She has also been involved in research and development activities for information professionals as well as enhanced information services in academic and medical libraries.

  • Psychology
    Experimental Psychology, Behavior Analysis, Behavioral Decision Making

    Quantitative analysis on the processes of shaping, modification and maintenance of behavior from the framework of the Experimental Analysis of Behavior.

  • SAKATA, Sachiko

    Foreign Languages
    Spanish Language and Literature

    My primary research area is 20th-century Spanish literature, in particular the avant-garde movement called "Ultraísmo". I am specifically interested in its socio-cultural aspects and its relationship to other arts.

  • SAKAMOTO, Hikaru

    English and American Literature
    Modern and Contemporary English Literature

    My current research interests focus primarily on the Gothic fiction from the 18th to the early 20th century.

  • SAGAWA, Toru
    Assistant Professor

    Human Sciences
    Anthropology, African Area Studies

    I have conducted anthropological research on conflict and peace issues. My main research questions are: Why do people take part in the war, what type of experiences do people have in the battlefield, and how do people build and maintain peace in conflict-ridden areas? Currently, I am also researching how large-scale development projects have influenced the livelihood of local people in Africa.

  • SATO, Sarah
    Professor (Non-tenured)

    Aesthetics and Science of Arts
    Chinese Ceramics

    I have been studying mainly Song Dynasty celadon so far. In order to work in celadon research, it is necessary to pay attention to the excavated materials from both kiln sites and datable tombs and to compile them. On the other hand, what is even better is to cultivate an eye to ascertain the quality of works. Fortunately, there are a lot of excellent celadon works in Japan that are not found even in China, where most celadon was produced. The reason why such excellent works are still extant in Japan is that they were aesthetically selected from a large variety of celadon works imported from China and have been carefully handed down from generation to generation. The history of selecting and keeping excellent works has helped to train the Japanese eye for celadon works. It is important to learn the quality through extant excellent works in Japan in addition to study through work like the compilation of excavated materials.
    The recent subject of my research is the emergence of White Ware from the Sui through to the Tang dynasty.