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Announcing the recipients of the 2019 Waseda Research Award

Waseda University established the Waseda Research Award in 2014 to promote innovative research at the university and disseminate its results around the world. The award honors scholars spearheading large-scale research projects, as well as emerging researchers whose work has had significant impact abroad. The award has two categories: Large-Scale Research Project and High-Impact Publication. Recipients of the award receive a certificate and a prize of 500,000 yen for the large-scale research project catgory, and 300,000 yen for the high-impact publication category.
Below, we proudly present the recipients of the 2019 Waseda Research Award.

Recipients of the 2019 Waseda Research Award

Large-Scale Research Project Category
*in alphabetical order

  • Yoshimichi OHKI
    Assessment of Electrical Equipment Ageing for Nuclear Power Plants
  • Kiyoshi SAITO
    High-efficiency air conditioning system with liquid desiccant and water-refrigerant heat pump technologies
  • Kohei TATSUMI
    Research and development of high temperature resistant SiC module technologies for hybrid electrical vehicle applications
  • Yasuhiro HAYASHI
    Development of Distributed Cooperative EMS Methodologies for Multiple Scenarios by Using Versatile Demonstration Platform
  • Masahiko MATSUKATA
    Empirical study of zeolite membrane for olefin purification with membrane and design of separation process

High-Impact Publication Category
*in alphabetical order

Jesper EDMAN

Jesper Edman analyzes the impact of actions by overseas subsidiaries on the institutional environment of host countries, a topic that has not previously received significant attention. He offers creative and advanced explanations by applying organizational theory (institutional theory and organizational identity theory) to the context of international business. Jesper’s work has appeared in the Journal of International Business Studies and the Journal of Management Studies, among others, both of which are Financial Times top-50 journals. He was the sole author on two of the papers, which is indicative of his high ability, especially considering that most papers in the field of management and international business are co-authored. No other researcher at a Japanese academic institution has produced such extensive research results at his age. As his papers provide a new theoretical basis for research in international business, future studies employing the frameworks presented in his papers will likely appear in the field of international business, while Dr. Edman’s research is likely to be featured in both textbooks and literature reviews of the field.

Masaki SANO

Masaki Sano succeeded in using oxygen isotope ratios of tree rings to reconstruct climate change in Southeast and South Asia with high accuracy. In recent years, he has also engaged in research on environmental history that incorporates history and archeology, producing academically valuable research results that are advanced and original. Specifically, in South Asia, where environmental research has been insufficient, he reconstructed spatiotemporal variations of summer monsoons, finding that the Indian summer monsoon has weakened over the past 200 years. He also showed possible changes in the relative contributions of water vapor originating from the Arabian Sea and the Bay of Bengal to the east–west regions of the Himalaya. Further, Dr. Sano is a true leader in his research field. He has collaborated with many researchers both in Japan and abroad to contribute to the establishment of an organization that collects paleoclimate data in Asia to statistically analyze spatiotemporal structures of climate change there. In addition, he has made noteworthy achievements in the PAGES 2k Network (a paleoclimate change research program that considers the past 2,000 years) and has been a driving force strongly impacting national policies through his involvement in the International Geosphere–Biosphere Program: Past Global Changes (IGBP–PAGES) network and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). By hosting numerous international meetings and playing a major role in international joint research, as described above, further development of his research and his international success are anticipated.

Willy JOU

The recipient Dr. JOU Willy has conducted extensive empirical research using advanced original theories and methods in the field of comparative politics. One of his coauthored works applies sophisticated methods for statistical analysis to data collected from 35–40 countries in order to comprehensively testclarify the impact of ideological proximity between government and voters as well as voters’ electoral win–loss experiences on political participation, satisfaction with the political system, and subjective well-being. Another coauthored book presents the original idea of generational differences in recognizing the positions of various political parties’ conservative or progressive ideologies in Japan, based on an excellent empirical study which holds significant implications for studies of countries with multiparty systems.
In addition to publishing single-authored papers in the Democratization International Political Science Review and other journals, the recipient continues to publish papers coauthored with domestic and foreign researchers in impactful journals. He also actively publishes papers coauthored with faculty members at this university and is attracting increased attention in the field of Japanese political studies. With the aid of these collaborators, he is trying to improve communications in Japanese, and some of his results in the field of Japanese political studies have received media coverage.

Atsushi TAGO

Prof. Tago conducts research that opens new avenues of political science and international relations research, particularly in the fields of security and diplomacy. Since Thomas Schelling, mainstream theoretical research in the field of strategic interactions has applied the analytical methods of noncooperative game theory. In contrast, Dr. Tago has actively conducted surveys focused on relations between diplomacy and public opinion, thereby successfully expanding the scope of discussion in the field.
He continually publishes single- and co-authored papers in the Journal of Peace Research and the British Journal of Political Science, which are top journals in the fields of political science and international relations. His co-authored papers have regularly presented the results of international joint research, greatly contributing to the expansion and deepening of an international network for academic research based at our university. He has steadily built a network including American and British researchers, and he is a global fellow at the Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO) . International relations research that actively applies survey experiments to ascertain relations between diplomacy and public opinion has large ripple effects in society. For example, Dr. Tago’s academic research has provided important findings regarding recent Japan–South Korea relations.

Tachio TERAUCHI

Tachio Terauchi has made outstanding achievements in the field of programming language theory. In particular, he has produced numerous pioneering research results regarding methods for formally verifying program correctness. Specifically, in the theory and techniques for synthesis, analysis, and verification of programs as well as language-based computer security, he has used advanced techniques to produce many leading results. He has presented numerous papers at top international conferences including Conference on Programming Language Design and Implementation and Symposium on Principles of Programming Languages (for which he has served several times as program committee member), and he has published in major international journals such as Association for Computing Machinery Transactions on Programming Languages and Systems. He has served as a program committee or organizing committee member in many top international venues and is internationally recognized as a leading Japanese researcher who represents the field. . His research has improved the quality of parallel processing and communication programs and software, and he is a researcher of great social importance who is expected to play an increasingly international role.

Bjoern FRANK

Bjoern Frank’s field of specialization is marketing, in which he identifies factors affecting outcome variables such as customer satisfaction, purchase intent, and customer loyalty from existing research. His research is characterized by his use of large-scale international datasets to demonstrate causal relations between these variables. He skillfully applies elaborate methodologies and is highly productive, having published numerous papers in internationally authoritative journals such as the Journal of the Academy of Marketing Science, which has been selected as a Financial Times top-50 journal, and the Journal of Retailing. His methodological robustness undoubtedly makes him one of the most remarkable marketing researchers in Japan. In terms of academic impact, he deserves high praise for his contributions to the accumulation of scientific evidence in the field of marketing as an empirical science. For social impact as well, his detailed demonstrative data will be of great use when developing customer satisfaction improvement plans for small and medium-sized enterprises, for which marketing has been insufficiently addressed.

Riki MIYOSHI

Riki Miyoshi’s field of specialization is the history of theatre during the Restoration period. His research accurately uncovers unresolved problems and finds optimal approaches for problem solving from among a myriad of historical sources. He has an exceptionally high academic ability to effectively analyse and decipher these materials and come to conclusions. He has actively published papers in English language peer-reviewed academic journals that feature submissions from the world’s top scholars. The academic value of each of his studies is extremely high in that they appropriately cover the breadth of previous research, discover new materials from the period, and provide a rereading and reevaluation of past materials. Many of his advanced and highly developed research results will likely shed new light on future English literature research and will potentially provide contributions to university education and research. His works are expected to have far-reaching impacts on many British theatre scholars in Japan and abroad.

Tokuko MUNESUE

Despite Japan’s attainment of universal health insurance and its excellent performance on promoting and maintaining population health, discussion on the right to health has been lacking. Against this background, Dr. Munesue is earnestly tackling research in the field of Health and Human Rights. Her research results are highly regarded for their original proposals, such as the importance of discussing the right to health in Japan and the utilization of human rights indicators.
Many Japanese researchers in this field have presented their research results in Japanese only, but Dr. Munesue strives to publish her research results in English, taking advantage of her sincere attitude toward research and the personal connections she developed when she studied in the United States. She is expected to further develop this research attitude in the future.
Dr. Munesue’s research has great academic and social significance for the future of Japanese society, which will address questions about how to think about the right to health and how to formulate policies. Further, publication of her research results in English will present a Japanese perspective to the world and allow comparisons with the legal systems of other countries.

Junichiro YAMAGUCHI

Junichiro Yamaguchi’s results has focused on the development of synthetic methods for biaryl compounds. His methods for synthesizing hexaarylbenzene and cross-coupling using esters efficiently construct complex target molecules while comprehensively revealing the properties of heterocycles. Hexaarylbenzene, in which different aromatic rings are bonded to benzene, has become a particularly hot topic with high originality, which as attracted interest due to its exotic structure and the ingenious methods for its synthesis. Dr. Yamaguchi’s research results have been published in high-impact, peer-reviewed international journals. His papers are frequently cited, attracting the attention of researchers worldwide. Further, he has established a chemistry portal site, providing powerful materials ranging from information dissemination to education via the Worldwide Web, even before the Internet become widely used.
By combining the development of new carbon–carbon and carbon–oxygen bond-forming reactions, he has realized freedom in the design and synthesis of functional molecules. In addition to developing new reactions and synthesizing novel compounds from a scientific perspective, he emphasizes the engineering perspective of creating molecules expected to have practical applications, thereby producing results with large ripple effects in society.

Satoshi YOSHIDA

Satoshi Yoshida uses Saccharomyces cerevisiae (budding yeast) as a model system and applies genetic and cell biological techniques to study mechanisms for cell polarity control. Specifically, he focuses on Rho1 GTP-binding protein to elucidate signaling pathways downstream of this master regulator of cell polarity. This line of research has been published in internationally recognized academic journals. He also participates in active collaboration with various foreign research institutions and has created an international research network. Regulatory mechanisms for cell polarity are evolutionally conserved from yeast to humans, and abnormalities and dysfunctions in Rho-signaling network are known to cause human diseases such as cancers, diabetes and mental retardation. Dr. Yoshida’s research can thus be regarded as a fundamental biological theme that is not limited to yeast and thus has large academic and social impacts.

Christoph RADEMACHER

Professor Rademacher has published his research achievements in the field of intellectual property law, in particular related to patents and design in both Japanese and English language. Many of his works have been published by well-known Western publishers. His research deserves high academic acclaim for drawing conclusions from unique viewpoints in terms of both fundamental theory and practice.
He has studied and engaged in research in three countries – Japan, the United States, and Germany – and deserves high praise for his deep understanding of their respective cultures. Considering his sincere research attitude, there are high expectations for further outstanding research that will be internationally disseminated in English, Japanese, and German.
His research field is focusing on intellectual property law, which is one of the most notable areas of economic activity in modern society. Further, his perspectives and approaches are based on a deep familiarity of the commonalities and differences in the cultures, societies, and legal practices of Japan, the United States, and Germany, which has important implications in the field of general comparative law.

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