New staff appointments at the Nissan Institute

Dr Hiroaki Matsuura has taken up the post of Departmental Lecturer in the Economy of Japan starting January 2013. Dr Matsuura joins us from Harvard University where he has recently completed a doctorate on "Rights, Health Laws, and Health Outcomes". He also holds degrees from Keio, Chicago and Northwestern universities. His principle teaching duties will be on our masters programme when he will teach the course on Japanese Economic Policy.

Dr Tuukka Toivonen has accepted a post-doctoral fellowship in Japanese studies in the Nissan Institute which he will take up from October 2013. Dr Toivonen got his DPhil at Oxford working on a thesis entitled Explaining Social Inclusion and Activation Policy for Youth in 21st Century Japan. His first degree was from Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University. He continues to work on ‘youth problems’ publishing widely, and is currently focusing on social entrepreneurship among young people in Japan.