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Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University
Education Development and Learning Support Center
Job title
Associate Professor
Ph.D. in Anthropology(University of British Columbia), M.A. in Anthropology(University of Nebraska - Lincoln), Bachelor of Education(Kumamoto University)

Research Areas


Academic & Professional Experience

Nov 2007
Mar 2009
Embassy of Japan in Papua New Guinea
Apr 2009
Mar 2013
Assistant Professor, Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University
Apr 2013
Associate Professor, Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University


Sep 1998
Nov 2006
Department of Anthropology, University of British Columbia
Aug 1996
Aug 1998
Department of Anthropology, University of Nebraska - Lincoln
Apr 1991
Mar 1995
Department of Mathematics, Faculty of Education, Kumamoto University

Published Papers

Journal de la Société des Océanistes   142-143 21-36   Dec 2016   [Refereed]
The National Mask Festival in Papua New Guinea is an annual event organized by the national government to preserve and promote the cultures associated with masked figures representing ancestral spirits that are found in many parts of the country. ...
Diverse Global Education in Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University
Journal of the Japan Association for Developmental Education   9(1) 29-36   Mar 2014   [Refereed]
A Comparative Analysis of Student Assistant Systems in Universities in Japan and the United States
Social System Studies   (26) 137-150   Mar 2013   [Refereed]
This article explores the prospects for student assistant (SA) systems in Japanese universities, where undergraduate students assist in activities in and out of class in undergraduate education. It begins by tracing the conceptual genealogy of SA ...

Conference Activities & Talks

Beyond the Climate Refugee: A Historical Analysis of the Relocation of the Carteret Islanders of Papua New Guinea
15th Asia Pacific Conference: Global Perspectives in Changing Local Landscapes (Beppu, Japan)   12 Nov 2017   Ritsumeikan Center for Asia Pacific Studies
Ritual of Superiority: Tolai Tubuan Performance at the National Mask Festival in Papua New Guinea
12th International Small Islands Cultures Conference (Naha, Japan)   18 Jun 2016   Small Islands Culture Research Initiatives (SICRI)
Cultural Festival as Performative Event: The Case of the National Mask Festival in Papua New Guinea
RCAPS Current Research Seminar   26 Jan 2016   RCAPS
Recent decades have witnessed a worldwide proliferation of cultural festivals where individuals and groups perform dances, music, or other bodily acts considered as central to their culture or identity for outsiders as well as for themselves. The ...
Remembering the Self-Reliant Self: Agency and Reflexivity in the Relocation of the Carteret Islanders of Papua New Guinea
Pacific History Association Conference 2014 (Taipei & Taitung, Taiwan)   3 Dec 2014   Taiwan Society for Pacific Studies
Recovering Agency among "Climate Refugees": A Historical Analysis of the Relocation of the Carteret Islanders of Papua New Guinea
Pacific History Association Conference 2012 (Wellington, New Zealand)   7 Dec 2012   Victoria University of Wellington