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Economic History of Modern Japan and Developmental History of Industrial Districts: I major in economic history with strong interetes in economic development. Currently, my research and education aim to bridge between economic history and development economics. I have conducted research on the history of formation and development of industrial diestircts by focusting especially on textile/weaving industry in modern Japan. My research questions are: Why agglomeration took place, what kind of advantages were generated by agglomeration, and how mechanism of agglomeration contribute to production and industrial growth. Kiryu, Fukui, and Nishijin are my study sites, and based on comparison of their historical development, I attempt to build "comparative history of development of traditional industries". In particular, I would like to expolore how modern western technologies were introduced to Japan, digested and assimilated, and grafted to the traditional technologies. At present I am working on the paper entitled "From Lyon to Kyoto", to analyze the transfer of the most advanced silk weaving technology in the world to the most advanced silk weaving district in Japan.
Education and Positions
Ph.D in economics, Hitotsubashi University (2002)
See my CV for the details of my academic career.
Research Associate, Faculty of Economics, Tokyo Metropolitan University (1998-2000).
Lecturer, Faculty of Economics, Komazawa University (2000-2004).
Associate Professor, Graduate School of Economics, Kobe University (2004-2013)
Professor (2013 to present), Graduate School of Economics, Kobe University.
University of New South Wales (2007), George Washington University (2011-12), LSE (2011), Stanford University (2016-17), University of Cape Town (2019), AGI (2019 to present), Université de Lyon 2 (2020).
Lectures and Seminars
Seminar for 1st-year students (required subject, undergraduate): First of all, we discuss about what we should study in university. Then, we attempt to acquire some important academic skills such as reading, writing, listining, and talking in academic manner, which are needed for studying at collge. Teamwork is also important to acquire the skills. Economic History for 1st-year students (required subject): Introducing new research in the field of global economic history, students can cultivate perspective of comparative history. In addition, I aim to change students prejudice that economic history is just 'memorised subject'. It is the subject to think historical events by utilizing knowledge of economics. Economic History of Modern Japan (specialized subject): This lecture serves how Japanese economy in 19-20C developed. For further understanding how so-called capitalism was developed, I often show movies as historical materials. Important topics are selected and delivered in this class. Comparative Economic History or Economic History of Modern Japan (in English): In this class, as introduction, quantitative data are used to capture the characterinstics of economic development of modern Japan. Especially, critical factors for economic development such as legacy from Edo Period, human capital, and industrial districts are focused and disucssed.
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The major priority of my seminar is to facilitate completion of excellent theses. In the first year, junior students learn how to write, listen, and discuss in academic manner. In addition, students are expected to acquire the skills of literature survey, collecting data/sources, and field survey for preparation of writing theses. In the second year, students make presentations about each chapter and receive useful comments from members of the seminar for making the theses better. Sometimes we read articles and discussion about them. As other activities of the seminar, we invite graduates and business persons to learn about their carrers and also visit visit factories, firms, and museums for furter understanding of economic history and the real world.
The biggest goal of this seminar is to complete MA Thesis and Dissertation with quality high enough to be publishable in international academic journals.
I aim to make my classes and seminars mutually interactive regardless number of students.