Graduate School of Asia-Pacific StudiesWaseda University




Waseda University was founded in 1882 by Marquis Shigenobu Okuma who advocated the “harmony of western and eastern civilization”. The Institute of Asia-Pacific Studies (WIAPS) was established in July 1997 in order to contribute to the mutual benefits and development of the Asia-Pacific region. Today, a century after its foundation, Waseda University is promoting university reform under the three concepts of “Asia-Pacific”, “media network” and “institutionalization of lifelong learning”.

The Institute was a merger of the Institute of Social Sciences and the Institute of System Sciences. The Institute of Social Sciences had long pursued research in the field of social science concerning modern Japan, while the Institute of System Sciences had been involved in collaborative research commissioned by industries and the government, and conducting business education targeting business employees. The Institute was formerly composed of two clusters: international relations (including area and policy studies) and international business. However, in 2008, the business cluster was separated from the Institute. The Institute today is largely composed of full-time faculty members of the Graduate School of Asia-Pacific Studies, and is run according to the rules of the Waseda University Institute of Asia-Pacific Studies. Exchange researchers from outside the university, visiting scholars and visiting researchers are also part of the Institute community.

The Institute focuses on the rapidly changing and developing Asia-Pacific region, aiming to construct a research and education network as well as becoming the source of abundant research results and information in diverse fields. In particular, it is dedicated to pursuing world-class research.
Today’s major research activities of the Institute are: 1) WIAPS Research Groups Activities by researchers in and outside the Institute; 2) Research sponsored by JSPS Grants – in –Aid for Scientific Research ; 3) Research sponsored by the Waseda University Grants for Special Research Projects. Research outcomes are published in the Journal of Asia-Pacific Studies, Research Paper Series and Research Material Series. The Journal of Asia-Pacific Studies was first published in 2000, the latest being Vol. 21, which was published in August 2013 (For the full table of contents, please refer to the publishing section on our website). The Research Paper Series and the Research Material Series began their publications in 2010 and 3 Research Paper Series and 4 Research Material Series have been published as of March 2013. Furthermore, the “Journal of the Graduate School of Asia -Pacific Studies”, a collection of articles by graduate students in the doctoral program, is also among the Institute’s publications. As of December 2013, 26 volumes have been published.

In addition to research and publishing activities, the Institute also provides special seminars and public lectures for the dissemination of its results.

Throughout these activities, the Institute of Asia-Pacific Studies aims to further improve the quantity and quality of its studies. We look forward to your continued guidance and support.

Research Activities

WIAPS Research Groups are cross-sectional research activities that engage researchers in similar fields beyond WIAPS/GSAPS, including other institutions inside and outside of Waseda University.
For details of the WIAPS Research Groups, please click here.

The following research projects by WIAPS/GSAPS faculty and research associates are funded by the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science Grants-in-Aid for Scientific Research (JSPS KAKENHI).

Lead Researcher Research Grant Type Research Project Name Research Period
SHIRAISHI, Masaya Scientific Research A (General) 第2次世界大戦期日本・仏印・ベトナム関係研究の集大成と新たな地平 2013-2017
MIICHI, Ken Scientific Research B
(Overseas Academic Research)
東南アジアにおける応答性の政治ーアカウンタビリティ改革の導入とポピュリズムの台頭 2017-2019
SHINOHARA, Hatsue Scientific Research B (General) アジア太平洋における国際連盟―新たな国際連盟史研究の構築と発信 2017-2020
HAYASE, Shinzo Scientific Research B (General) 植民地史を書き換える-東南アジアの日本占領行政からみた欧米植民地支配 2014-2017
MATSUOKA, Shunji Scientific Research B (General) 高レベル放射性廃棄物(HLW)処理・処分施設の社会的受容性に関する研究 2016-2018
UEKI, Chikako Kawakatsu Scientific Research C
(Generative Research Fields)
拒否的抑止が成立する条件-相互依存とナショナリズムが併存する国際社会の紛争回避 2015-2017
AOYAMA, Rumi Scientific Research C 中国対外政策決定の構造的特徴-「回転ドア」を手掛かりに 2017-2020
KATO, Atsushi Scientific Research C 暴力・詐取・競争と経済発展:政治経済学的理論分析とインドにおける実証研究 2015-2017
FARRER, Gracia Scientific Research C Beyond Multiculturalism: Organizational Logics and Cultural Practices at Japanese Workplaces 2015-2017
MURASHIMA, Eiji Scientific Research C 近代タイ仏教社会における日本仏教者の知的営為:タイ地域研究の新展開と拡大に向けて 2016-2018
LEE, Jong Won Scientific Research C 戦後韓国の地域主義外交に関する歴史・政策研究 2015-2017
NAKAJIMA, Seio Scientific Research C 現代中国映画産業の経済社会学:スタジオ間共同製作のネットワーク分析 2016-2018
HAYASE, Shinzo Challenging Exploratory Research 紛争の海からコモンズの海へ:基礎研究と臨床研究との相渉 2016-2017
MATSUOKA, Shunji Challenging Exploratory Research 原子力災害被災地におけるコミュニティ・レジリエンスの創造 2015-2017
FARRER, Gracia Fund for the Promotion of Joint
International Research (Fostering
Joint International Research)
Global Labor Mobility and the Changing Meanings of Work: A Comparative Study of Germany and Japan 2017-2019
QUEK, Olivia Grant-in-Aid for Research Activity start-up A non-conventional model to explain and forecast prices and trade flows of food staples across developing nations in Southeast Asia 2017-2018

The following research projects by WIAPS/GSAPS faculty and research associates are funded by the Waseda University Grants for Special Research Projects in the Academic Year of 2016.

Lead Researcher Research Grant Type Research Project Name
KATSUMA, Yasushi Special Research Project (基礎助成) 感染症対策をめぐるグローバルヘルス・ガバナンス~エボラ出血熱への対応を事例として
KURODA, Kazuo Special Research Project (基礎助成) ラオスにおけるインクルーシブ教育対策の展開とその応用
SHINOHARA, Hatsue Special Research Project (基礎助成) 国際連盟再考-国際機構史構築へ向けて
HAYASE, Shinzo Special Research Project (基礎助成) 東南アジアにおける「戦争の記憶」の追跡調査
MURASHIMA, Eiji Special Research Project (基礎助成) 近代タイ仏教社会における日本仏教者の知的営為:タイ地域研究の新展開と拡大に向けて
LEE, Jong Won Special Research Project (基礎助成) 中国の「一帯一路」構想と朝鮮半島対策への影響に関する調査
IWAHARA, Hiroi Special Research Project (基礎助成) インドネシアにおける環境NGOの系譜に関する人類学的研究
HAYASHI, Makiko Special Research Project A (一般) An Empirical Research on School Effects of Inclusive Education on Primary School Children with and without Disabilities in Cambodia
MATSUMURA, Toshio Special Research Project (基礎助成) 冷戦期・ポスト冷戦期におけるカリマンタン島華人の多地域連関メカニズム形成と変遷
URATA, Shujiro Special Research Project B アジア太平洋における地域統合の参加・交渉過程の政治経済分析:TPPを事例として
KATSUMA, Yasushi Special Research Project B 武力紛争の影響下にある子どもの安全保障
KURODA, Kazuo Special Research Project B 「グローバルイシューとしての教育」の誕生と形成
SHIRAISHI, Masaya Special Research Project B 第2次大戦期ラオス・カンボジアの政治・社会的ダイナミズムに関する萌芽的研究
MITOMO, Hitoshi Special Research Project B IoT利用の効果発現メカニズムの解明と普及促進政策策定に関する研究
HALL, Jeffrey Special Research Project B Conservative Internet Media & Political Activism in Japan
MATSUMURA, Toshio Special Research Project B 冷戦期・ポスト冷戦期におけるインドネシア知識人と中国
KATO, Atsushi Special Research Project (for newly-hired faculty) 経済発展促進的な政策を選択する政治経済学的条件に関する研究
LEE, Sean Special Research Project (for newly-hired faculty) 言語多様性と思考多様性の相互関係の解明
TONEGAWA, Yoshiko Special Research Project (for newly-hired faculty) 教育セクターにおける政府と現地NGOの関係性の研究:エチオピアを事例として
NI, Bin Special Research Project (for newly-hired faculty) 中国とベトナムにおける企業生産性の国際比較
HAYASHI, Makiko Special Research Project (for newly-hired faculty) An Introspective Look at Equity and Efficiency through Discourse Analysis of Inclusive Education Policies within the Post-EFA Global Framework
MATSUMURA, Toshio Special Research Project (for newly-hired faculty) 冷戦期・ポスト冷戦期におけるインドネシア人と中国

The following are Exchange Researchers/Visiting Scholars/Visiting Researchers/Visiting Fellows hosted at WIAPS.

Name Home Affiliation / Status Status at WIAPS Research Period Research Theme
KUDO, Masako Kyoto Women’s Univeristy / Professor Visiting Scholar April 1, 2016 – March 31, 2017 日本を拠点とする家族のグローバル化と第二世代のアイデンティティ形成に関する研究
HUGHES, Chiristopher Rene London School of Economics and Political Science / Full Professor Visiting Scholar March 28, 2016 – April 22, 2016 Understanding Chinese Militarism
FU, Huiyan Regent’s University London / Reader Visiting Scholar March 21, 2016 – August 31, 2016 Teaching Sexuality and Gender in Japan:Political, Economic and Cultural Transformations
WRIGHT, Adrian James The University of Hong Kong / PhD Candidate Research Fellow March 1, 2016 – February 28, 2017 Robots That Care: The Development and Use of ‘Social Robots’ for Elderly Care in Japan
SUN, Lin The Chinese University of Hong Kong / PhD Candidate Research Fellow December 1, 2015 – May 31, 2016 After “Happily Ever After”: Cultivating Marital Happiness in Contemporary China and Japan
COX, Benjamin Davis Univeristy of Texas at Austin / PhD Candidate Research Fellow November 3, 2015 – April 4, 2016 Acquisition of Religious Ideas among Japanese Preschoolers
SWITEK, Beata Max Plank Institute for Social Anthropology / Research Fellow Research Fellow November 1, 2015 – September 30, 2016 Reckoning with Change and Continuity: Socio-Economic Lives of Buddhist Temples in Tokyo
MCLEOD, Jessica Ann Michigan State Univeristy / PhD Candidate Research Fellow Octorber 24, 2015 – May 13, 2016 Creating Spaces for Belonging: Migrant Adaptation Processes & Westerners’ Experiences of Life in Japan
KUGA, Kimiko Oxford University / PhD Candidate Research Fellow Octorber 20, 2015 – January,20, 2016 Human Trafficking and Slavery in Japan- Critical Perspectives on Anti-Human Trafficking Approaches
ASPLUND, Andre Stockholm School of Economics / Postdoctoral Research Fellow Research Fellow Octorber 5, 2015 – October 30, 2015 Japanese Development Cooperation in a Post-MDG Era: Strategic Interests and Nominative Aspirations
KUSUMA, Dwi Tyastuti State Islamic University Syarif Hidayatullah Jakarta Visiting Scholar September 27, 2015 – November 27, 2015 Cultural Competency in Interprofessional Education for Medical and Health Sciences
FATHOR, Rasyid State Islamic University Sunan Kalijaga Yogyakarta / Lecturer Visiting Scholar September 27, 2015 – November 28, 2015 Evidence-Based Language Learning Strategies To Increse Students’ Success: International Perspective For Stain Kediri
LAM, Heidi Yale Univeristy / PhD Candidate Research Fellow September 15, 2015 – September 14, 2016 伝統から生まれるもの:3.11の日本で祭や博物館を経験する
WILBUR, Scott University of Southern California / PhD Candidate Research Fellow September 15, 2015 – September 14, 2016 Electoral Systems and Foreign Economic Policy: The Case of Japan’s Public OFDI Financing
MA, Kyoung Jo Ministry of Unification(韓国統一部) / Director Research Fellow September 1, 2015 – August 31, 2016 朝鮮半島統一が日本に及ぼす影響の分析と韓半島の統一課程における韓国と日本の協力案の研究
BARTLETT, Benjamin Gosnell Univeristy of California at Berkeley / PhD Candidate Research Fellow September 21, 2015 – June 20, 2016 This land is Our land: Cycles of Tension over Teritorial  Disputes
KITA, Mari University of Hawaii at Manoa Department of Sociology / PhD Candidate Research Fellow September 1, 2014 – August 31, 2015 Family members of offenders in Japan
COATES, James Henry University of Sheffield WREAC特別研究員 Visiting Researcher September 1, 2014 – August 31, 2016  Migration, mediation and politics: understanding China-Japan relations through migrant material practice
UM, Khatharya University of California Berkeley / Associate Professor Visiting Scholar July 10, 2015 – July 30, 2015 Southeast Asian Refugee Migration and Integration in Japan

Aside from research reports, Exchange Researchers/Visiting Scholars/Visiting Researchers are also given opportunities to present on their research activities at the WIAPS Seminar. For information on past WIAPS Seminars, please click here.

Name Field of Specialization/Research Themes/Academic Association Memberships
QUEK, Olivia Field of Specialization:Applied Economics, International Economics, Development Economics
Research Themes: Spatial integration of food staple markets in developing nations
I am passionate about studying food security issues in developing nations. In particular, there are two overarching goals that my research aims to achieve. First, to examine whether food staples in a developing country are well arbitraged across geographic space, and second, to shed light on the factors that prevent food staples from being traded efficiently between food surplus and food deficit regions. In collaboration with Professor Michal Fabinger (from the University of Tokyo’s Graduate School of Economics), I am currently analyzing the spatial integration of markets for food staples in developing countries. At the present time of writing, the existing strands of literature on trade and food security both lack a model that can explain the way in which food staples are traded across space, and that can accurately forecast movements in food prices. The purpose of my research is to achieve both of these goals. Its findings will help to ensure that food is transported from markets where it is in surplus to markets where it is in deficit, in the most economically efficient and reliable manner. In a nutshell, I hope to be able to contribute to the formulation of policies, which will deliver food from where it is in surplus, to where people are malnourished.
Academic Association Memberships:Japan Society of International Economics, Japan Economics Association
ZHANG, Jie Field of Specialization:International Migration, Quantitative Sociology, Social Consciousness, Gender Studies
Research Themes: Social Adaptation of Newcomer Chinese Skilled Immigrants in Contemporary Japan
Reflecting on skilled immigrants from China, this study explains their engagement in contemporary Japanese society.  As a significant immigrant group in Japan, newcomer Chinese skilled immigrants becoming the important members of labor force, their adaptation and social standing may affect their migration process and willingness to stay in Japan, hence influence the Japanese labor market.  Therefore, this study aims to discuss how newcomer Chinese skilled immigrants adapting in contemporary Japanese society from the economic, social and cultural aspects.  By draws on mixed methods, this study reflects newcomer Chinese immigrants’ social relations with Japanese people, life satisfaction and their adaptation process in Japan, further reaffirms the significance of migration in new globalization process.
Academic Association Memberships:The Japan Sociological Society, American Sociological Association, Japanese Association for Mathematical Sociology

Publishing Activities

As one of way of giving back to society, WIAPS publishes journals and research report series on the findings and results of daily research and educational activities.


  • 「Journal of the Institute of Asia-Pacific Studies」
  • 「Journal of the Graduate School of Asia-Pacific Studies」
  • 「The Research Paper Series」
  • 「The Research Material Series」

For details of these publications, please click here.

Public Lectures/Seminars

WIAPS/GSAPS hosts public lectures/seminars as well as symposiums through the year for the dissemination of academic research outcomes. WIAPS/GSAPS invites various lecturers/ speakers from Waseda University including WIAPS/GSAPS faculty members as well as leading scholars and experts from the public and private sectors and from other educational institutions all over the world. These events offer an international forum for fostering intellectual exchange and discussion on diverse topics and issues.
For more information on public lectures/seminars, please click here.

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