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 Ishii Associate Professor, Institute for Research in Humanities, Kyoto University Cultural Anthropology / Influence of Blood Donation on a Community in South Asia
Takeshi Onimaru Associate Professor, Faculty of Social and Cultural Studies, Kyushu University History of International Politics, Comparative Area Studies / Political and Economic Systems in Japan and Southeast Asia
Koji Kawakami Professor, Graduate School of Medicine, Kyoto University Pharmacoepidemiology / Differences in Medicament Responses between Groups
Toru Sakano Professor, College of Economics, Nihon University History of Science / Colonial Policy and Ethnology in Imperial Japan
Wataru Sano Professor, Graduate School of Global Environmental Studies, Kyoto University Political Theory, Public Policy Studies / Medicament and Social System
Kenichi Shinoda Department of Anthropology, National Museum of Nature and Science Biological Anthropology / Museum Exhibition of Groups/Populations
Hiroshi Sekiguchi Associate Professor, Faculty of Management and Information Science, Shikoku University Historical Sociology / History of Scientific Discourse on Minorities in Japan
Noriko Seguchi Associate Professor, Faculty of Social and Cultural Studies, Kyushu University Biological Anthropology
Caroline Hau Professor, Center for Southeast Asian Studies, Kyoto University Area Studies, Literature / Cultural Exchange and Regional Formation in Southeast Asia
John G. Russell Professor, Faculty of Regional Studies, Gifu University Cultural Anthropology / Racialization and Global Economy in Japanese Popular Culture
Research Theme
Mark Winchester Lecturer, The Research Institute for Japanese Studies, Kanda University of International Studies Modern and Contemporary Ainu Intellectual History
Akihisa Setoguchi Associate Professor, Institute for Research in Humanities, Kyoto University Life Science and Society, Relationship between Humans and Animals
Deokhyo Choi Faculty Member, Research Institute of Korean Studies, Korea University Decolonization and Cold War, Japan/South Korea Occupation Policy of the U.S., Problems of Korean Residents in Japan
Yu Tokunaga Assistant Professor, Institute for Research in Humanities, Kyoto University Japanese and Mexican Immigrants in the U.S., Immigration Policy, Race and Ethnicity
Arnaud Nanta First Class Research Scientist, French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS) Modern and Contemporary History of East and Southeast Asia
Kenta Funahashi Research Fellow, Center for Area Studies, National Institute for the Humanities / Research Fellow, The Center for South Asian Studies, Ryukoku University India, Buddhist Movements, “Untouchables”
Tomohiro Yoshimura Visiting Associate Professor, International Research Center for Japanese Studies Modern History of Buraku Community, Modern History of Day Laborer
Noriko Watanabe Lecturer (Part-time), College of International Relations, Ritsumeikan University Foreign Language Education
Research Theme
Masumi Izumi Professor, Faculty of Global and Regional Studies, Doshisha University Cultural History of Japanese Americans and Japanese Canadians
Tadashi Imanishi Professor, School of Medicine, Tokai University Bioinformatics, Genome Biology, Population Genetics
Crystal Uchino Doctoral Student, Graduate School of Human and Environmental Studies, Kyoto University Japanese Americans and Hibakusha Memory
Yukari Enoi Research Associate Professor, Institute for Academic Initiatives, Osaka University (as of 2016) Sociology of Education, Multicultural Education
Nobutaka Kamei Professor, School of Foreign Studies, Aichi Prefectural University Cultural Anthropology, African Area Studies
Sachiko Kawakami Associate Professor, Faculty of Foreign Studies, Kyoto University of Foreign Studies Anthropology, Immigration Studies
Tatsuo Kurokawa Chief Director, RAD-AR Council Japan / Chief Director, Japan Self-Medication Industry / Chief Director, The Japan Biosimilar Association
Yuko Konno Lecturer, Center for Language Education and Research, Sophia University Japanese Migration History, US History, Transpacific History
Yumei Song Doctoral Student, Graduate School of Human and Environmental Studies, Kyoto University (as of 2016) Overseas Chinese and Chinese Americans
Okiyoshi Takeda Professor, School of International Politics, Economics and Communication, Aoyama Gakuin University Contemporary American Politics, Asian American Politics
Matsuo Tamaki Professor, Faculty of International Studies, Utsunomiya University Study of International Migration and Sociology of Urban Underclass
Yoko Tsukuda Associate Professor, Faculty of Law, Seijo University Social Categories of “Immigrants” in the U.S.
Yuko Matsumoto Professor, Faculty of Letters, Chuo University American Society: Ethnic Group, Race, Gender and Class
Fuminori Minamikawa Professor, College of International Relations. Ritsumeikan University Historical Sociology of Ethnicity and Race in the U.S.
Kaori Muto Professor, the Institute of Medical Science, University of Tokyo Medical Ethics, Research Ethics
Brian Locke Faculty Member, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, University of Tokyo Racial Representations in the Cinema
Research Theme
Myla Vicenti-Carpio Associate Professor, Arizona State University American Indian Studies
Karen J. Leong Associate Professor, Arizona State University Women and Gender Studies, Asian Pacific American Studies
Judy Tzu-Chun Wu Professor, University of California Irvine Asian American History / Comparative Racialization and Immigration / Empire and Delolonization / Gender and Sexuality
Velina Hasu Houston Distinguished Professor, University of Southern California Asian American Dramas