I worked at Oxford University between 2004-2019 before which I spent 15 years as a professor of Japanese studies at the University of Essex. My research has mainly been focused on Japanese political and social history in the twentieth century particularly the experience of Buraku communities in the process of industrialization and modernization. However, I also worked on industrial policy, in particular the pharmaceutical industry and on broader issues relating to human rights in East Asian and contemporary Japanese politics.
I am currently completing a monograph based on my research on the formation, development and implementation of the Dōwa Project policies.
Previous Posts Held
Lecturer, Department of History and Politics, Huddersfield Polytechnic 1979-84
Lecturer, Department of Politics, Newcastle University 1984-9
Sanwa Professor of Japanese studies, Department of Government, Essex University, 1989-2004
Recent publications include
The Buraku Issue in Modern Japan: the career of Matsumoto Jiichiro, Routledge, 2010 (published in Japanese translation 2016)
Human Rights in Japan, South Korea and Taiwan, Routledge, 2002
State and Politics in Japan (second edition), Polity 2019.
Chapters in Edited Collections
‘Dōwa Policy Projects as Unfinished Human Rights Business from Dōtaishin to Ikengushin’ in Civil and Political Rights in Japan ed. S J Takahashi, Routledge 2019, pp 84-96.
Human Rights, in The Oxford Handbook on IR in Asia ed. S M Pekkanen, R Foot and J Ravenhill, OUP, 2014.
‘Democracy and Human Rights in Post-Cold War East Asia’ in Chung-Si Ahn and Bertrand Fort (eds.) Democracy in Asia Europe and the World –towards a universal definition, Marshall Cavendish 2006, pp 167-179.
‘Status and Class’ A Companion to Japanese History, ed. W M Tsutsui Blackwell 2007, pp 389-406.
‘From the (end of) Dōwa Policies to (the start of) an Anti-discrimination Policy?’, Japan Forum, December 2019.
“Human Rights in the Discourse of Buraku Liberation: from the 1920s to the 1990s,’ Development and Society 39, No. 2 (2010): 285-298.
‘Matsumoto Jiichiro and the making of democracy in postwar Japan,’ Japan Forum 19, No. 2 (July 2007).