Yasuko Takezawa (Project Leader)
Professor, Institute for Research in Humanities, Kyoto University

Cultural Anthropology
American Studies
Coordinating Collaborative Research and Theorization

Built upon previous cross-disciplinary and cross-regional collaborative projects spearheaded by the principal investigator over the past fifteen years, this project has been carried out with strong emphasis on humanities-science and international collaboration. It consists of three sub-groups: History (e.g. history and culture); Society (e.g. politics, economics, law); and Science (e.g. genomic studies, medicine, and pharmagenomics).

Co-Investigators (Kenkyu-Buntansha)

Hiroki Oota
Associate Professor, School of Medicine, Kitasato University

Population Genetics
Genetic Diversity of Japanese and Asian Populations
Co-chief of Science Group

Akio Tanabe
Professor, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, University of Tokyo

Anthropology, South Asia Studies
Social Systems of South Asia and Europe
Chief of Society Group

Katsushi Tokunaga
Professor, Graduate School of Medicine, University of Tokyo

Human Genetics
Labeling and Classifications of Populations in Genomic Studies
Co-chief of Science Group, Research Guide

Ryuichi Narita
Professor, Faculty of Integrated Arts and Social Sciences, Japan Women’s University

Modern and Contemporary History of Japan
Racialization in the Empire and Nation-States in Japan and Asia
Chief of History Group


Research Theme
Miho IshiiAssociate Professor, Institute for Research in Humanities, Kyoto UniversityCultural Anthropology / Influence of Blood Donation on a Community in South Asia
Takeshi OnimaruAssociate Professor, Faculty of Social and Cultural Studies, Kyushu UniversityHistory of International Politics, Comparative Area Studies / Political and Economic Systems in Japan and Southeast Asia
Koji KawakamiProfessor, Graduate School of Medicine, Kyoto UniversityPharmacoepidemiology / Differences in Medicament Responses between Groups
Toru SakanoProfessor, College of Economics, Nihon UniversityHistory of Science / Colonial Policy and Ethnology in Imperial Japan
Wataru SanoProfessor, Graduate School of Global Environmental Studies, Kyoto UniversityPolitical Theory, Public Policy Studies / Medicament and Social System
Kenichi ShinodaDepartment of Anthropology, National Museum of Nature and ScienceBiological Anthropology / Museum Exhibition of Groups/Populations
Hiroshi SekiguchiAssociate Professor, Faculty of Management and Information Science, Shikoku UniversityHistorical Sociology / History of Scientific Discourse on Minorities in Japan
Noriko SeguchiAssociate Professor, Faculty of Social and Cultural Studies, Kyushu UniversityBiological Anthropology
Caroline HauProfessor, Center for Southeast Asian Studies, Kyoto UniversityArea Studies, Literature / Cultural Exchange and Regional Formation in Southeast Asia
John G. RussellProfessor, Faculty of Regional Studies, Gifu UniversityCultural Anthropology / Racialization and Global Economy in Japanese Popular Culture
Research Theme
Mark WinchesterLecturer, The Research Institute for Japanese Studies, Kanda University of International StudiesModern and Contemporary Ainu Intellectual History
Akihisa SetoguchiAssociate Professor, Institute for Research in Humanities, Kyoto UniversityLife Science and Society, Relationship between Humans and Animals
Deokhyo ChoiFaculty Member, Research Institute of Korean Studies, Korea UniversityDecolonization and Cold War, Japan/South Korea Occupation Policy of the U.S., Problems of Korean Residents in Japan
Yu TokunagaAssistant Professor, Institute for Research in Humanities, Kyoto UniversityJapanese and Mexican Immigrants in the U.S., Immigration Policy, Race and Ethnicity
Arnaud NantaFirst Class Research Scientist, French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS)Modern and Contemporary History of East and Southeast Asia
Kenta FunahashiResearch Fellow, Center for Area Studies, National Institute for the Humanities / Research Fellow, The Center for South Asian Studies, Ryukoku UniversityIndia, Buddhist Movements, “Untouchables”
Tomohiro YoshimuraVisiting Associate Professor, International Research Center for Japanese StudiesModern History of Buraku Community, Modern History of Day Laborer
Noriko WatanabeLecturer (Part-time), College of International Relations, Ritsumeikan UniversityForeign Language Education
Research Theme
Masumi IzumiProfessor, Faculty of Global and Regional Studies, Doshisha UniversityCultural History of Japanese Americans and Japanese Canadians
Tadashi ImanishiProfessor, School of Medicine, Tokai UniversityBioinformatics, Genome Biology, Population Genetics
Crystal UchinoDoctoral Student, Graduate School of Human and Environmental Studies, Kyoto UniversityJapanese Americans and Hibakusha Memory
Yukari EnoiResearch Associate Professor, Institute for Academic Initiatives, Osaka University (as of 2016)Sociology of Education, Multicultural Education
Nobutaka KameiProfessor, School of Foreign Studies, Aichi Prefectural UniversityCultural Anthropology, African Area Studies
Sachiko KawakamiAssociate Professor, Faculty of Foreign Studies, Kyoto University of Foreign StudiesAnthropology, Immigration Studies
Tatsuo KurokawaChief Director, RAD-AR Council Japan / Chief Director, Japan Self-Medication Industry / Chief Director, The Japan Biosimilar Association
Yuko KonnoLecturer, Center for Language Education and Research, Sophia UniversityJapanese Migration History, US History, Transpacific History
Yumei SongDoctoral Student, Graduate School of Human and Environmental Studies, Kyoto University (as of 2016)Overseas Chinese and Chinese Americans
Okiyoshi TakedaProfessor, School of International Politics, Economics and Communication, Aoyama Gakuin UniversityContemporary American Politics, Asian American Politics
Matsuo TamakiProfessor, Faculty of International Studies, Utsunomiya UniversityStudy of International Migration and Sociology of Urban Underclass
Yoko TsukudaAssociate Professor, Faculty of Law, Seijo UniversitySocial Categories of “Immigrants” in the U.S.
Yuko MatsumotoProfessor, Faculty of Letters, Chuo UniversityAmerican Society: Ethnic Group, Race, Gender and Class
Fuminori MinamikawaProfessor, College of International Relations. Ritsumeikan UniversityHistorical Sociology of Ethnicity and Race in the U.S.
Kaori MutoProfessor, the Institute of Medical Science, University of TokyoMedical Ethics, Research Ethics
Brian LockeFaculty Member, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, University of TokyoRacial Representations in the Cinema
Research Theme
Myla Vicenti-CarpioAssociate Professor, Arizona State UniversityAmerican Indian Studies
Karen J. LeongAssociate Professor, Arizona State UniversityWomen and Gender Studies, Asian Pacific American Studies
Judy Tzu-Chun WuProfessor, University of California IrvineAsian American History / Comparative Racialization and Immigration / Empire and Delolonization / Gender and Sexuality
Velina Hasu HoustonDistinguished Professor, University of Southern CaliforniaAsian American Dramas