Graduate School of Asia-Pacific StudiesWaseda University



  • Position:Professor
  • Degree
    PhD in History, University of Chicago
  • Background
    Assistant Professor, Keisen Women’s College (1993-1998)
    Assistant Professor, Meiji Gakuin University (1998-2003)
    Assistant Professor, Waseda University (2003-2004)
    Professor, Waseda University(April 2004-Present)
    Part-time Instructor, Sophia University, (1995-1997)
    Part-time Instructor, University of Tokyo, (2005-2009)
    Visiting Scholar, George Washington University Elliot School (2009)

Field of Specialization

International Relations, International History,
History of U.S.-Japan Relations, Law and Politics

Research Theme

Soft Power,  National Identity and Nationalism, Japan’s Diplomacy

Major Works / Publications Awards

Major Works

  • American International Lawyers in the Interwar Years: Forgotten Crusade, Cambridge University Press (2012)


  • Japanese Association of American Studies, Shimizu Award (2004)

Academic Societies / Service to Society

Academic Societies

Japanese Association of International Relations
Japanese Society of International Law
Japanese Society of American Studies

Service to Society

Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs, Fellow

Research Project

MA: East Asia and America, Foreign Policy(Not available for September 2016 Admission)
PhD: History of US-Japanese Relations, International History

Research theme, outline of project research seminar, message to prospects

In my project seminar, students work on inter-state relations (mostly, U.S.-Japan relations or Japan-China-Korea relations). Some focus on leaders and diplomats in a traditional framework, while others are interested in cultural diplomacy or public diplomacy based on the notion of soft power. In addition, I encourage students to develop their own interests and questions, thereby enlarging the scope of my seminar to include such topics as the UN, ICC, UNESCO, media coverage of international issues or historical issues (Yasukuni, etc.).
The study of international relations will not immediately lead to the creation of a peaceful world, but it certainly is worthwhile to discuss important world issues and examine the possibility of bridging the differences and animosities among states and peoples.

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