I joined the University of Oxford in 2008. After completing my BA and MA degrees at the University of Tokyo, I studied at Northwestern University in the US, where I got my PhD in sociology in 1988. After going back to Japan, I worked at the National Institute of Multimedia Education from 1988 to 1991, and then moved to the Graduate School of Education, University of Tokyo, where I taught the sociology of education for almost two decades until I came to Oxford.
My teaching at Oxford includes the Sociology of Japanese Society and Research Methods for Japanese Studies.
I have been involved in area studies in Oxford almost continuously for the past thirty years.
I specialise on the Japanese economy and most of my research has been on current macro-economic policy issues in Japan. I’ve been interested in Japanese banking and finance for many years and have also written on financial systems in economies in transition and on the Asian financial crisis of 1997. At the ANU I have been Executive Director of the Australia-Japan Research Centre which focuses on the economic interaction between Australia and Japan and their strategic interests in the Asia Pacific region. Presently I am serving as PVC Research.
Students who successfully complete the MSc year, may progress to the second, MPhil year, during which they will do an advanced research methods course, a further language course, one more course about Japan (two in the case of those who do not take the language course), and a 30,000 word thesis to be handed in by 12 noon on Monday of the fourth week of Trinity Term.
The primary aim of the MPhil programme is to prepare students for subsequent doctoral work but it is also appropriate preparation for a wide range of careers.
The MSc in Japanese Studies is a twelve month masters programme that provides students with a combination of courses about Japan, mainly the social sciences, an intensive language programme and a research methods course. It culminates with a 12,000 word dissertation submitted by 1st September.
Native speakers of Japanese or those with native speaker competence are also encouraged to apply for a place on the programme.
It is taught by full time members of the Nissan and Oriental Institutes and all the courses are designed for masters level students.
The University has three main application deadlines for 2014-2015: 22 November 2013; 24 January 2014 and 14 March 2014.
I have been working at Oxford University since 2004 before which I spent 15 years as a professor of Japanese studies at the University of Essex. I am based in the Nissan Institute of Japanese Studies where I acted as director between 2006-2014. In October 2011 I became head of SIAS and served in that post until December 2014. I was a member of the Area Studies panel in the REF2014 exercise.
I joined the Nissan Institute of Japanese in December 1998 and I am the Administrator for the MSc and MPhil programme in Japanese Studies. In 2004 the Institute came under the umbrella of the School of Interdisciplinary Area Studies (SIAS).