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2014 Fellows (3rd cohort)

Toshihiko Aono

Toshihiko Aono

ACTIVITIES

Affiliation
Associate Professor, Graduate School of Law, Hitotsubashi University
Academic background
Ph.D., University of California, Santa Barbara
Dispatched to:
Visiting Scholar at London School of Economics
Duration
November 2014 - August 2016
Publications
The Cold War and the Western Alliance during the Crisis Years, Yuhikaku, 2012』

Research theme:

Arms control policy and NATO during the Johnson Administration

I have been conducting research on relations between the US and its allies in Western Europe with a focus on the role of nuclear arms while teaching at Hitotsubashi University. My main research themes have been superpowers and their allies in international crises, the transition of the Cold War order and alliance relations, and nuclear arms management and alliance politics during transition of the international order. My current interest centers around the question of whether effective nuclear disarmament and arms control are feasible in the current transitional period for international order, in which countries’ understanding and positions regarding security tend to waver, and the prerequisites for making them possible. As a fellow of the International Fellowship Program, I would like to approach this theme from the perspective of international relations history with a focus on the Johnson administration (1964-68).

Sayaka Kushihashi

櫛橋 明香

Affiliation
Associate Professor, Graduate School of Law, Hokkaido University
Academic background
JD, Graduate School for Law and Politics, University of Tokyo
Dispatched to:
Research Scholar at Paris II Panthéon-Assas University
Duration
April 2014 - March 2016

Research theme:

Commodification of the human body: characteristics of contracts and regulations related to parts of the human body

Commodification of the human body: characteristics of contracts and regulations related to parts of the human body
I was appointed judge in April 2000 and trained as a legal professional dealing with civil and criminal cases at courts in different parts of Japan. Later, I entered the Graduate School of Law and Politics, University of Tokyo, to study bioethics from the perspective of civil law. In February, I obtained a doctoral degree in juridical science with a doctoral dissertation on the legal framework for the handling of human bodies. As a fellow of the International Fellowship Program, I would like to pursue the theme further to complete my research on a legal framework for the handling of human body and detached parts thereof.

Yuichiro Shimizu

Yuichiro Shimizu

ACTIVITIES

Affiliation
Associate Professor, Faculty of Policy Management, Keio University
Academic background
Ph.D. in Political Science, Graduate School of Law, Keio University
Dispatched to:
Visiting Scholar, Reischauer Institute of Japanese Studies, Harvard University
Duration
April 2014 - March 2015
Publication
The Bureaucracy in Modern Japan: from Restoration Bureaucrats to Educated Elites, Chuo Koron Shinsha, 2013 (in Japanese)
Party and the Bureaucracy in Modern Japan: Clash of the Constitutional Government, Fujiwara Shoten, 2007 (in Japanese).』

Research theme:

Comparative analysis of government-bureaucrat relations in Japan, the US, China, Korea and Taiwan: from the early modern to modern period

I wrote my bachelor’s thesis at the Department of Political Science, Faculty of Law of Keio University on the influences of changes in domestic politics and culture on the supporters of old regimes, and it won the Outstanding Paper Award of the 100th Anniversary of the Foundation Faculty of Law and Politics. I went on to a graduate school where I explored the historical structure of politician-bureacurat relations which has characterized Japanese politics. Based on my doctoral thesis, I have written Party and the Bureaucracy in Modern Japan: Clash of the Constitutional Government (Fujiwara Shoten, 2007). I continued to study current human resources development, recruitment and career models based on modern Japan as case studies, and published The Bureaucracy in Modern Japan: from Restoration Bureaucrats to Educated Elites (Chuo Koron Shinsha, 2013). As a fellow of the International Fellowship Program, I am going to pursue research with a greater focus on legislation, in addition to government, government-legislation relations, in order to clarify the political system and culture of Japan.

ACTIVITIES

Ryo Takao

Ryo Takao

Affiliation
Medical Doctor, Department of International Relief, Japanese Red Cross Kumamoto Hospital
Academic background
Medical School, Nagasaki University
Dispatched to:
First year: Master's Program, Bloomberg School of Public Health, John Hopkins University
Second year: Master's Program, Harvard Kennedy School
Duration
June 2014 - May 2016

Research theme:

Medical relief and organizational management in disaster and conflict areas

As an undergraduate student majoring in political economy, I became interested in cases of protection of rights of the vulnerable, especially areas related to health. I pursued becoming a medical doctor out of the desire to acquire professional knowledge and skills and gain understanding of what is going on in the actual situations. As a medical student, I visited medical facilities in Ghana, Palestine and other countries. I also studied briefly in the Republic of Belarus, which had been affected by the Chernobyl nuclear accident. I was also involved in volunteer activities at hospices in the earthquake-hit Niigata Chuetsu area and India. After graduation, I studied disaster medicine while working in emergency medical care and anesthetic operations. I was also dispatched to Tohoku when the Great East Japan hit as the leader of a relief team where I witnessed the seriousness of public health issues in the affected area. Additionally, I was sent to a surgical hospital for the war-wounded in Northern Iraq where I treated wounded soldiers and civilians. From these experiences, as a fellow of the International Fellowship Program, I have decided to study at the school of public health to acquire managerial skills in medical treatment in disaster and conflict areas.

Gakuto Takamura

Gakuto Takamura

Affiliation
Professor, College of Policy Science, Ritsumeikan University
Academic background
Ph.D., Graduate School of Law, Waseda University
Dispatched to:
Visiting Scholar, University of California, Berkeley
Duration
August 2014 - August 2015
Publication
Urban Commons and City Revitalization (in Japanese)

Research theme:

Socio-legal study on private urban governance in Japan and the US

I have been conducting research on how urban and community legal systems are actually functioning within society while teaching urban and environmental law as a professor of the College of Political Science of Ritsumeikan University. I also did historical research on basic laws relating to NPOs in France while I was a graduate student of the Graduate School of Law, Waseda University and an assistant in the Institute of Social Science, University of Tokyo. I spent 1999-2000 and 2003-2004 at the Ecole Normale Superieure Cachan in France as a visiting scholar. Recently, I have been conducting field studies and comparative law research between Japan and France regarding the management of children’s parks and apartment buildings, also making recommendations on policy designs. As a fellow of the International Fellowship Program, I am going to focus on socio-legal research on private urban governance in Japan and the US’.

Izumi Niki

Izumi Niki

ACTIVITIES

Affiliation
Secretary-general, NPO Support House Jom
Academic background
Master’s degree, Graduate School Division of Public Administration, International Christian University
Dispatched to:
Master's Program, Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work, University of Toronto
Duration
August 2014 - August 2015

Research theme:

Development and implementation of mental support for care providers

After graduating from the International Christian University (ICU), I worked at a securities firm before entering the ICU graduate school. I conducted research on the peculiarities of nursing care work in terms of emotional labor and published a thesis entitled Is emotional labor difficult in caring for dementia patients? - considerations on emotional labor carried out by care providers. Later, I became a certified care worker while working as care staff at a day service facility for dementia patients. Currently, I am working as a member of NPO Support House Jom, which is designed to provide support for the victims of sexual violence and sexual discrimination. I also teach social welfare at a vocational school. As a fellow of the International Fellowship Program, I would like to conduct research to develop and a mental support system for welfare workers and ultimately create a system designed to support welfare and nursing care workers.

ACTIVITIES

Masanori Yoshida

Masanori Yoshida

Affiliation
Deputy Director, Ocean Development and Environment Policy Division, Maritime Bureau, Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism
Academic background
BS, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, Kobe University
Dispatched to:
First year: Master's Program, Policy of Energy and the Environment, Department of Economics, University College London
Second year: Research Scholar, Fridtjof Nansen Institute, Norway
Duration
August 2014 - August 2015

Research theme:

Potential of marine resource-based renewable energies and possible policies

For 17 years since joining the Ministry of Transport (currently, the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism), I have been involved mainly in maritime public administration, including ship technology development, ship industry promotion and development of international standards. Currently, I am in charge of planning in the areas of marine environment (global warming prevention, ballast water discharge regulation, Sox, Nox, etc.) and maritime development as a member of the Maritime Bureau of the ministry, with a particular focus on the development of innovative energy-efficient ships and policy development for practical application. As a fellow of the International Fellowship Program, I am going to conduct research on the possibilities of renewable energies and possible measures countries can take.

Daisuke Wakisaka

Daisuke Wakisaka

Affiliation
Department of Social Public Affairs, Keidanren (Japan Business Federation)
Academic background
Master’s degree, Graduate School of Economics, Waseda University
Dispatched to:
PhD Program, Social Policy, University of Bristol
Duration
July 2014 - June 2015

Research theme:

Economic analysis and empirical study of immigration policies and what they suggest to Japan

After joining Keidanren, I spent my first four years engaging in work related to European relations, G8, international trade (WTO, EPA) and OECD, working on private diplomacy in cooperation with staff members of foreign embassies and economic organizations in Japan. Then, I started to realize the need to evaluate policies empirically while being involved in policy recommendations, including industrial competitiveness, foreign workers, regulatory reforms and regional systems. As a fellow of the International Fellowship Program, I, therefore, would like to carry out an empirical analysis of Japanese immigration policies based on an econometric approach. In the future, I hope to promote the realization of policies from the standpoint of the public sector business community and communicate Japan’s stances and efforts through private diplomacy.