Faculty

AISINGIORO Ulhicun
AISINGIORO Ulhicun
Professor
Degree Litt.D. , Kyoto University
Ph.D. , Central Ethno-University
Research Field History of the Orient, Linguistics
COOPER Malcolm.J.M
COOPER Malcolm.J.M
Professor
Degree PhD, University of Birmingham Master of Laws (Environmental),
University of Adelaide Master of Arts, Victoria University of Wellington Bachelor of Arts,
BA (Hons), Victoria University of Wellington
Research Field Environmental Impact Analysis/Environment Policy, Water Demand Management, Area Studies (Tourism & Hospitality), Resource Maintenance Studies, Environmental Technology/Environmental Material Flow, Applied Health Sciences, New Types of Jurisprudence, Urban and Regional Planning, Perception Information Processing, tourism and hospitality management in place of regional studies
FUCHINOUE Hideki
FUCHINOUE Hideki
Professor
Degree Bachelor of Arts in Marketing, Michigan State University
Master of Arts in Economics, Kyoto University Doctor of Philosophy in Economics, Kyoto University
Research Field Peacebuilding, Resilience Building
GHOTBI Nader
GHOTBI Nader
Professor
Degree PhD in Modern Economics, Kyoto University
Research Field Applied Health Sciences, Philosophy/Ethics, Civil Law, Clinical Psychology and Public Hygiene Studies/Health Science

Professor Ghotbi received his MD from Tehran University in 1992 before coming to Kyoto University for his Ph.D. in Modern Economics. He is a member of the Asian Bioethics Association as well as a member of the International Association for Asia Pacific Studies and is also a member of the editorial board for its journal. His current research fields are Applied Heath Sciences, Philosophy/Ethics, Civil Law, Clinical Psychology and Public Hygiene Studies/Health Science.
GUNARTO Hary
GUNARTO Hary
Professor
Degree Ph.D in Computer Engineering, Washington State University
M.Sc in Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Wisconsin
Bachelor degree (BSc) in Electronics and Instrumentations, Physics Department, Gadjah Mada University
Research Field Asia Pacific Studies (eSociety), Education, Digital Media and Tourism

Professor Gunarto received his Bachelor of Science in Electronics and Instrumentations from Gadjah Mada University, Indonesia before pursuing his Master of Science in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and finally his Ph.D. in Computer Engineering from Washington State University. He has lectured at Washington State University and Gadjah Mada University before coming to APU. His current research interests are ICT-based Computing, Smart Media Technology, SNS Services and e-Society. He has published many papers and books in relation to Data Processing and Computer Programming.
IGUCHI Yufu
IGUCHI Yufu
Professor
Degree Ph.D. (Area Studies), Tokyo University of Foreign Studies

Research Field Gender Studies, Cultural Studies, Southeast Asian Studies (Malaysian Studies), Intellectual History

Professor Iguchi currently teaches under the Society and Culture division. She received her Ph.D. in Area Studies from Tokyo University of Foreign Studies. Her current research field is Area Studies and the History of Thought. She is involved in the International Association for Asia Pacific Studies as well as the Malaysian Social Science Association.
KASEDA Yoshinori
KASEDA Yoshinori
Professor
Degree Ph.D. in Political Science, Northern Illinois University
Research Field International Politics, International Security, Asia and North Korea Relations

Professor Kaseda received his Ph.D. in Political Science from Northern Illinois University. His current research fields are Japanese Foreign Policy, Security Studies, and International Politics with a regional focus on East Asia. He has written extensively on Japan’s foreign policy toward North Korea, South Korea, China and the United States.
KIM Chan Hoe
KIM Chan Hoe
Professor
Degree Ph.D. (Literature), Ritsumeikan University
Research Field Folklore Studies and Japanese Literature
KIMURA Rikio
KIMURA Rikio
Professor
Degree Bachelor in Social Sciences, Mie University
Master of Science, Michigan State University
Master of Arts, Regent University
Doctor of Education, University of Sussex
Research Field Social Welfare Studies (Community Development, NGO, Social Enterprise), Area Studies (Cambodia), Pedagogy (Adult Education)
KONDO Yuichi
KONDO Yuichi
Professor
Degree Ph.D. (Speech Communication), University of Minnesota
Research Field Sociology
LEE Timothy
LEE Timothy
Professor
Degree PhD in Management, University of Surrey, UK
Master in Management, University of Surrey, UK
MBA, Long Island University, USA
Bachelor in Science, Seoul National University, Korea
Research Field Health-Oriented Tourism, Cultural Heritage Tourism, Tourism Development which Incorporates East Asian Standards, Festival and Mega Events, Gaming Industry

Professor Lee received both his Masters in Tourism Development and his Ph.D. in International Hotel Management from the University of Surrey in the U.K. He lectured at the University of Surrey and taught at the University of Queensland in Australia before coming to APU in 2012. His current research fields are Commerce, Human Geography, and Business Administration. Professor Lee currently instructs under the Tourism and Hospitality division for APU’s graduate school. He has published multiple research papers and books during his career.
LI Yan
LI Yan
Professor
Degree Doctor of Engineering, Kyoto University
Master of Science, East China Normal University
Bachelor of Science, Nanjing University
Research Field Environmental Policy, City Planning, Regional Planning, Traffic Engineering, Social System Engineering

Professor Li received her Bachelor’s degree in City Planning from Nanjing University and Master of Science in Urban Geography from East China Normal University before obtaining her Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from Kyoto University. She served as an assistant in the Engineering Department of Ritsumeikan University before working at Fukuyama Consultants Co., Ltd. as a researcher; she has been at APU since 2000. She teaches under the Sustainability Science division. Her current research fields are Environmental Policy, City Planning, and Traffic Engineering. She currently is a member of the Japan Society of Civil Engineers, the City Planning Institute of Japan and the GIS Association of Japan.
Mani A. (A. Veeramani A. Mani)
Mani A. (A. Veeramani A. Mani)
Professor
Degree Doctor of Philosopy, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Master of Social Science, University of Singapore
Bachelor of Arts (Hons), University of Malaya
Research Field Sociology/History of Science and Technology, Area Studies, Southeast Asia Sociology

Professor Mani received his Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He has lectured at the National University of Singapore, the University of Brunei Darussalam and the University of London before coming to lecture at APU. His current research fields are Sociology/History of Science and Technology, Area Studies, Southeast Asia and Sociology. He teaches under the Society and Culture division. He is currently a member of the Australian Sociological Association, the Comparative Education Society and the American Sociological Association.
MANTELLO Peter A.
MANTELLO Peter A.
Professor
Degree M.F.A. Master of Fine Arts, Media Arts, Concordia University
B.F.A. Bachelor of Fine Arts, Film Production, Concordia University
B.A. Bachelor of Arts, Asian Studies, Carleton University
Research Field Surveillance, Predictive Policing, Videogame Theory, Conflict and Media, Politics and the Cyber Realm

He received a master of fine arts from Concordia University and is currently enrolled as a Phd candidate at Aristotle University in Greece. He is an award-winning and internationally recognized photographer, filmmaker and game designer. His films and photography have been exhibited in museums and exhibitions around the world. He is the recipient of several major grants from the Japanese government and over a dozen artistic grants from the Canadian government. His academic research focuses on the intersection between media, surveillance and conflict. He has published in major peer-review journals such as Media, War and Conflict (Sage), Big Data and Society (Sage), Australian Journal of International Affairs (Taylor& Francis) and American Journal of Economics and Sociology.
MEIRMANOV Serik
MEIRMANOV Serik
Professor
Degree Ph.D. (Medical Sciences), Nagasaki University Medical School
Research Field General Life Science, Social Psychology, Human Genetics, Human Pathology, Public Hygiene Studies/Health Science

Professor Meirmanov received his Ph.D in Medical Sciences from the Nagasaki University Medical School. His research fields are General Life Science, Social Psychology, Human Genetics, Human Pathology and Public Hygiene Studies/Health Science. Before coming to APU, Professor Meirmanov was an assistant professor at Nagasaki Medical School. He is licensed for General Surgery as well as a Medical Doctor. He has written a plethora of research papers as well as a few books.
NISHANTHA Giguruwa
NISHANTHA Giguruwa
Professor
Degree Ph.D. (Information Science), Saga University
Research Field Software, Educational Technology, Media Information/Data Base, Computer System Networks, Crowdsourcing Applications

Professor Nishantha received his Ph.D. in Information Science from Saga University. His current research fields are Software, Educational Technology, Media Information/Data Base, and Computer System Networks. He’s written multiple research papers and presented about technology and its place in our current world.
OHASHI Katsuhiro
OHASHI Katsuhiro
Professor
Degree MA in Humanities
Research Field Linguistics
PISHVA Davar
PISHVA Davar
Professor
Degree Ph.D. in System Engineering, Mie University
Master of Science, Ateneo de Manila University
Bachelor of Science, University of the Philippines
Research Field Environmentally Sound Technologies (ESTs), Simulation and Modeling (SaM), Decision Science (DS)

Professor Pishva received his Ph.D. degree in System Engineering from Mie University, Japan. He has been serving APU since 2007 and currently teaches under the Sustainability Science division. His recent teaching focus includes Technology Management, Environmental Modeling and Analysis, Structured Decision Making, and Geographic Information System. The focus of his recent research includes Environmentally Sound Technologies (ESTs), Simulation and Modeling (SaM), Decision Science (DS) and Information Security (IS). He has recently published a number of articles, book chapters and international patents. He has also been active in numerous academic societies and has been serving IEEE as a Senior Member for more than a decade now.
PROGLER Joseph
PROGLER Joseph
Professor
Degree Ph.D. in American Studies, State University of New York at Buffalo
M.Phil. in Ethnomusicology, Columbia University
M.A. in Interdisciplinary Humanities, State University of New York at Buffalo
B.A. in Secondary Music Education with a Minor in Jazz Guitar, Concordia College
Research Field Cultural History, Education, Media Studies

Professor Progler received his Ph.D. from the State University of New York at Buffalo. He worked at the Brooklyn College of the City University of New York and then at Zayed University in Dubai as an assistant professor before coming to APU in 2007. He teaches under the Society and Culture division, while his current research fields are Cultural History, Education, and Media Studies.
ROSE John A.
ROSE John A.
Professor
Degree Doctor of Philosophy, The University of Memphis
Master of Science, Memphis State University
Bachelor of Arts, Rhodes College
Research Field DNA Nanotechnology, Nanobioscience, Biomolecular Computing, Soft Computing, Bioinformatics

Professor Rose received his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Memphis. Before coming to APU, he worked at the University of Tokyo as a research fellow and lecturer. His current research fields are DNA Micro & Nanotechnology, Soft Computing, and Software Engineering. He is currently a member of the IEEE academic society (since early 2007).
SALAZAR Robert A.C.
SALAZAR Robert A.C.
Professor
Degree Ph.D in Anthropology, Ohio State University
Master of Science, Ateneo De Manila University
Bachelor of Arts, Ateneo de Manila University
Research Field Sociology-Anthropology, Social Organizations, Social Institutions and Social Movements, Social Impact Assessment and Evaluation, Southeast Asia

Professor Salazar has a Ph.D. in Anthropology from Ohio State University. He teaches under the Society and Culture division. He is a former Vice-President of the Philippine Sociological Society, and a member of the International Sociological Association. His research fields are Social Organizations, Social Institutions, and Social Movements; Social Impact Assessment; and Southeast Asia. His publications address the socio-cultural dimensions of community forestry, organic agriculture, and other development concerns. He has worked with international organizations to conduct social impact assessments and social research training programs.
SASAGAWA Hideo
SASAGAWA Hideo
Professor
Degree Ph.D. (Area Studies), Sophia University
Research Field Area Studies in Southeast Asia

Professor Sasagawa received his Ph.D. from Sophia University. He teaches under the Society and Culture division, while his current research field is Area Studies. He is currently a board member of the Japan Society for Southeast Asian Studies. He has written a book and multiple research papers particularly focused on cultural politics in Cambodia.
SATO Yoichiro
SATO Yoichiro
Professor
Degree Ph.D. (Political Science), University of Hawaii
Research Field International Relations and Foreign Policy (Asia-Pacific), Comparative Politics (Southeast Asia), Maritime Security

Professor Sato graduated from the University of Hawaii with a Ph.D. in Political Science. At APU, he teaches under the International Relations Division, andwhich his research fields are Politics and the International Relationship Theory. Professor Sato has authored many books and papers, most of which focus on Asia or an Asian perspective.
SEIKE Kumi
SEIKE Kumi
Professor
Degree Master (Sociology), Kyushu University
Credits Awarded, Withdrawal from Doctor Course, Graduate Faculty of Literature, Kyushu University
Research Field Sociology, Cultural Anthropology (including Ethnology and Folklore), Religion

Professor Seike studied sociology, structuralism and poststructuralism at Kyushu University where she earned her master’s degrees and completed her doctoral coursework. She further studied the religion and ethnicity of Malaysian Chinese from the perspective of Anthropology as a research fellow at Malaya University in Malaysia. More recently, she conducted research on NPOs whose purpose is the revitalization of rural areas vis a vis social movement theory and the theoretical possibility of cohabitation in present society. Currently, she is working on the articulation of “New-Realism” within sociological theory as a matter of philosophical concern.
TAHARA Hiroki
TAHARA Hiroki
Professor
Degree Ph.D. (Social and Cultural Studies), Nihon University
Research Field Vietnamese and Language Education

Professor Tahara graduated from Nihon University with his Ph.D. in Social and Cultural Studies. His research fields are Vietnamese and Language Education.
TAKEKAWA Shunichi
TAKEKAWA Shunichi
Professor
Degree PhD in Political Science, University of Hawaii
Master of Arts in Political Science, Wichita State University
Research Field Politics and the Media

Professor Takekawa graduated with a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Hawaii. Before starting his graduate studies in the United States, he worked as an editor and reporter for Mainichi Shimbun in Japan. He is currently a member of the Association for Asian Studies, the International Studies Association, and the International Communication Association, His current research field is politics and the media, focusing on major newspapers in Japan.
TODOROKI Hiroshi
TODOROKI Hiroshi
Professor
Degree Ph.D. (Geography), Seoul National University
Research Field Geography, Area Studies, Human Geography

Professor Todoroki graduated with his Ph.D. in Geography from Seoul National University. He currently teaches under Tourism and Hospitality, while his current research field is Geography, Area Studies, and Human Geography.
TSUKADA Shunso
TSUKADA Shunso
Professor
Degree BA, University of Tokyo
MBA, Cornell University
Ph.D. in Engineering, University of Tokyo
Research Field Project Finance, Public Private Partnership for Infrastructure, Development Economics, International Economics, Environmental Policy, Emission Trading, Circular Economy

Professor Tsukada received his BA from the University of Tokyo. Several years later he got MBA from Cornell University, and much later PhD in Engineering from University of Tokyo. After working for 12 years as a task-manager for transport projects at the World Bank in Washington, he moved to the Asian Development Bank in which he served for 8 years as a task manager for infrastructure projects. After retirement from ADB, he started teaching economics and development courses at APU. His main research areas are on PPP for infrastructure development, project finance and environment.
UNETANI Takako
UNETANI Takako
Professor
Degree Master, California State University
Ph.D, University of Hawaii
Research Field Linguistics, Japanese Education
YAMAGAMI Susumu
YAMAGAMI Susumu
Professor
Degree MA (Political Science), University of Washington
Research Field International Politics, Comparative Studies, Area Studies (East Asia), International Relations (Asia Pacific Region)

Professor Yamagami entered the Ministry of Justice upon graduation from the University of Tokyo. He received his MA in political science (focusing on international politics) from the University of Washington. He worked for Japan`s accession to the Refugee Convention and was seconded to the headquarters of the UNHCR. He also worked as an international coordinator between Japan`s MOFA and APEC. He has published many books and articles on refugee- and immigration-related laws and practices and on regional cooperation in the Asia Pacific. He currently teaches courses on International Public Administration and Regionalism and Globalization.
YOSHIDA Kaori
YOSHIDA Kaori
Professor
Degree Ph.D., University of British Columbia
Master of Arts, University of Calgary
Master of Education, Fukuoka University of Education
Research Field Media Studies (Representation Politics: Gender, Ethnicity, Nation), Cultural Studies, Popular Culture, Comparative Culture Studies
YOSHIMATSU Hidetaka
YOSHIMATSU Hidetaka
Professor
Degree PhD in International Relations, Australian National University
MA in International Relations, Warwick University
LL.B., Kyushu University
Research Field International Relations, International Political Economy, Regional Studies (East Asia)
YOTSUMOTO Yukio
YOTSUMOTO Yukio
Professor
Degree Ph.D. (Sociology), University of Kentucky
Research Field Sociology, Tourism
ASKEW David J.
ASKEW David J.
Associate Professor
Degree Kyoto University Graduate School, Division of Law
Research Field Law, Intellectual History, History of Political Thought, Modern Japanese History
BUI Thanh Huong
BUI Thanh Huong
Associate Professor
Degree MA, Griffith University
MBA, Waseda University
PhD, Griffith University
Research Field Human Geography, Tourism Psychology, Tourism Development and Cultural Heritage Conservation, Tourism Management

Professor Bui completed her master’s in Tourism Management and International Management before completing her Ph.D. at Griffith University in Australia. Her current academic societies include the European Association for Southeast Asian Studies and the Australia and New Zealand Association of Leisure Studies (ANZALS). Professor Bui’s research fields are Heritage Tourism, Human Geography, Social Psychology and Southeast Asian studies.
HASUDA Takashi
HASUDA Takashi
Associate Professor
Degree PhD (Asian History), Osaka University
Research Field History of Pre-modern Southeast Asia
HEO Emilia S.
HEO Emilia S.
Associate Professor
Degree PhD (International Relations), The Graduate Institute Geneva
Research Field International Relations and Global Studies, Peace and Reconciliation, Diplomatic History, International Organization, Intercultural and Interreligious Dialogue
JONES Thomas Edward
JONES Thomas Edward
Associate Professor
Degree PhD (Agriculture), University of Tokyo
Research Field Environmental Policy, Nature-Based Tourism, Protected Areas, Regional Development
KIKKAWA Takuro
KIKKAWA Takuro
Associate Professor
Degree Ph.D. (International Relations), Ritsumeikan University
Research Field Comparative Politics, Area Studies

Professor Kikkawa received his Ph.D. in International Relations from Ritsumeikan University in Kyoto. He instructs under the International Public Administration (IPA) division and his current research fields are Politics and Area Studies. He is currently a member of the International Studies Association, the Japan Association for Middle East Studies and the Japan Association for Comparative Politics. He has written multiple books and research papers on the middle east; chiefly in regards to politics, security and social movements.
KOJIMA Shinji
KOJIMA Shinji
Associate Professor
Degree Ph.D. in Sociology, University of Hawaii at Manoa
Research Field Social Inequality and Stratification, Globalization, Sociology of Work, Social Movements
MAHICHI Faezeh
MAHICHI Faezeh
Associate Professor
Degree Ph.D (Life Science), Tokyo Institute of Technology
Research Field Environmental Education and Awareness, Industrial Ecology and Sustainable Environment, Environmental Microbiology, Air/Soil/Water Pollution, Global Warming, Coral Reef Ecosystem Health, Organic Agriculture, Chemical Disaster Management

Professor Mahichi received her Ph.D in Life Science from the Tokyo Institute of Technology. She is currently active in the American Society of Microbiology and the Iranian Society of Microbiology. Her current research fields are Environmental Education and General Life Science. She is also the coordinator for the Japan-side of the IMAT (dual-degree) program at APU.
QIAN Xuepeng
QIAN Xuepeng
Associate Professor
Degree Ph.D. (Engineering), Ritsumeikan University
Master (Engineering), Ritsumeikan University
Dual Bachelor (Civil Engineering, International Economics and Trade), Shanghai Jiao Tong University
Research Field Environmental Policy and Management, Regional Development, Sustainable Systems Engineering, Behavioral Science

Professor Qian received both his masters and Ph.D from Ritsumeikan University in Kyoto, Japan. He was a lecturer at Ritsumeikan University before becoming an assistant professor at APU. His current research fields are Civil Engineering Environmental Systems, Environmental Influence Valuation/Environment Policy, Traffic Engineering and Land Planning, Social Psychology, and Area Studies. He is currently a member of the Japan Society of Civil Engineers, the Japan Section of the Regional Science Association International, Association for Policy Informatics, and the International Society for Industrial Ecology.
ROTHMAN Steven B.
ROTHMAN Steven B.
Associate Professor
Degree Bachelor of Arts, University of Delaware
Master of Science, University of Oregon
Ph.d., University of Oregon
Research Field International Relations Theory, International Policy Making, International Environmental Policy, Subject Pedagogy

Professor Rothman received his Ph.D. from the University of Oregon. He works under the International Relations division. His current research fields are International Relations, International Policy Making, International Environmental Policy Subject Pedagogy. Hehas published articles on soft power, decision making, research methodology, and pedagogy. He recently co-edited a book on geo-strategy in the Asia Pacific.
SUDO Tomonori
SUDO Tomonori
Associate Professor
Degree Ph.D in International Studies, Waseda University
Research Field Environmental and Climate Policy, Resource/Environment/Climate Economics, Development Economics and Finance, Development Policy

Professor Sudo graduated from Osaka University before attending the University of London for his masters. In 2008, he graduated from Waseda University with a Ph.D. in International Studies. Professor Sudo worked for the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) as a Senior Research Fellow and as a Visiting Scholar. He was also a part-time lecturer for the Graduate School of Aoyama Gakuin University before coming to APU. He currently teaches under the Sustainability Science division.
TAKASHIBA Yukiko
TAKASHIBA Yukiko
Associate Professor
Degree DEA en Droit international et organisations internationales (Diplôme d’études approfondies), Université Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne, Mention :Très bien
Research Field International Law, International Dispute Settlement, Human Rights and Humanitarian Law, Transitional Justice, Law of International Organizations

Professor Takashiba specializes in International Law. After obtaining her BA and MA from the University of Tokyo and LLM from the University of Paris Panthéon-Sorbonne, she has spent a decade advising on international legal matters at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia and at the International Court of Justice as a Legal Officer/Special Assistant to the President as well as at the International Legal Affairs Bureau of the Japanese MOFA. She teaches at APU under the International Public Administration division. Her current research fields are International Law, International Human Rights Law, and Settlement of Disputes.
VAFADARI M. Kazem
VAFADARI M. Kazem
Associate Professor
Degree Ph.D. (Asia Pacific Studies), Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University
MA, Theoretical Economics
Research Field Tourism, Hospitality Marketing, Human Geography, Cultural and Environmental Studies, Folklore Studies, Agricultural Heritage Tourism

Tourism destinations vary greatly from urban to rural settings and from artificial structures to remote locations in nature. This diversity results in demand for knowledge in various subfields of tourism and related skills. Such subfields include natural environment studies, human resource management, economics, and socio-cultural issues, knowledge of which assists our graduates in contributing to sustainable tourist destinations based on available resources. Today, tourism and hospitality are among the top grossing global industries, and attract individuals from both academia and the business world in order to manage the tourism industry and its socio-cultural, economic, and environmental impacts.”
VYAS Utpal
VYAS Utpal
Associate Professor
Degree LLB, (Law) University of Birmingham
MSc, (East Asian Political Economy), University of Sheffield
Ph.D (International Relations) University of Sheffield
Research Field Political Economy and International Relations of Japan and China, East Asian Regional Politics, European Politics

Professor Vyas received his PhD from the University of Sheffield. His research interests include political economy and international relations of Japan and China as well as regional issues in Asia and Europe. He has authored or edited several books, chapters and articles on these topics. He teaches in the International Relations division at APU.
YAMASHITA Hiromi
YAMASHITA Hiromi
Associate Professor
Degree Ph.D. Univesity of Birmingham
Research Field Environmental Risk Communication, Coastal Wetland Restoration and Decision Making, Education for Sustainable Development
LE Hoang Anh Thu
LE Hoang Anh Thu
Assistant Professor
Degree PhD (Anthropology), Australian National University
Research Field Social and Cultural Anthropology, Vietnam, Ageing, Gender, Buddhism