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Masahiro NOCHI







Professor (Division of Clinical Psychology)

The research interest concerns qualitative research methodology in psychology, and I am trying to form its theoretical basis, organize analytical methods, and develop educational techniques for the methodology. Analyzing personal accounts of individuals with disabilities, their families, and professionals who live around schools, I am making an effort to qualitatively describe the aspects of their lived experiences as well as the problems they are likely to face. I would like to use the findings to develop therapeutic approaches to assist them in the community.


Deputy Director



Associate professor (Division of Curriculum Development)

I have been conducting researches on education policy in developing countries, particularly in South and Southeast Asia. In recent years, I have been mainly focusing on Cambodia and currently conducting several research projects, including a student tracer study in basic education, a teacher training study, and a study on the development of higher education. I also conduct researches on the internationalization of higher education in Asian countries. Through these researchers, I have been exploring roles of education for creating more democratic society and examining how education needs to be considered as public good.


Tsukasa SASAKI, MD, PhD







Professor (Devision of Physical and Health Education)

Prof. Sasaki graduated from Medical School of the University of Tokyo. He has been studying epidemiology and etiology of mental disorders, including genome studies. His recent focus is on epidemiology of mental health/disorders in adolescents, especially on school-based studies, and development of mental health education program. Recent papers by his students include the followings.

  • Tochigi M, Usami S, Matamura M, Kitagawa Y, Fukushima M, Yonehara H, Togo F, Nishida A, Sasaki T (2016) Annual longitudinal survey at up to five time points reveals reciprocal effects of bedtime delay and depression/anxiety in adolescents. Sleep Med 17:81-6.
  • Ojio Y, Yonehara H, Taneichi S, Yamasaki S, Ando S, Togo F, Nishida A, Sasaki T (2015) Effects of school-based mental health literacy education for secondary school students to be delivered by school teachers: a preliminary study. Psychiatry Clin Neurosci 69:572-9.
  • Kitagawa Y, Shimodera S, Togo F, Okazaki Y, Nishida A, Sasaki T (2014) Suicidal feelings interfere with help-seeking in bullied adolescents. PLoS One 11;e106031.









Professor (Comparative Education Systems Theory, Division of Social Sciences in Education)

My main area of study is sociological research regarding educational and social selection using quantitative and comparative perspectives. More specifically, I have studied entrance examination systems and social change, conducted quantitative research on the career choices of high school students, and performed a comparative survey of Japan and South Korea. Recently, social stratification and the educational system along with the problem of students’ localism, and the Theory of Meritocracy have captured my interest. I also believe that it is very important to mix qualitative and quantitative methods (mixed methods research).









Associate Professor (Historical and Comparative Higher Education, Division of University Management and Policy Studies)

My research interest lies in historical and comparative study of higher education, particularly, American higher education. Although American higher education might be the model for higher education reform in other countries, I am interested in it because American colleges and universities are dynamic and have developed with great diversity. Their histories include many attractive themes for considering the question, “What are colleges and universities?” My research interest extends to diverse areas of higher education: undergraduate curriculum, academic governance, academic professions, and graduate education. I approach these areas with historical and comparative perspectives, which can help us broaden our thinking of higher education. I am looking forward to working with many students who believe colleges and universities are important to our society and culture.



Assistant Professor & Project Researcher








Project Assistant Professor (Evidence-Based Research Division, Center for Advanced School Education and Evidence-based Research)

My research is on personality development across the life course and its outcomes. I am interested in how personality traits change across the lifespan, the etiology of stability and change in personality, and the resulting outcomes of its development.

<Main works>

  • Kawamoto, T., Van der Linden, D., & Dunkel, C. S. (2017). The General Factor of Personality (GFP) and moral foundations. Personality and Individual Differences, 119, 78–82.
  • Kawamoto, T. (2016). Cross-sectional age differences in the HEXACO personality: Results from a Japanese sample. Journal of Research in Personality, 62, 1−5.
  • Kawamoto, T. & Endo, T. (2015). Genetic and environmental contributions to personality trait stability and change across adolescence: Results from a Japanese twin sample. Twin Research and Human Genetics, 18, 545–556.





Assistant Professor (Global Research Division, Center for Advanced School Education and Evidence-based Research)

My research interest is in ethnicity and nationalism in Japan, and the role of school in multi-ethnic and multi-cultural society. In addition to the so-called “old comers” or the Zainichi Koreans, the people from various countries have migrated to Japan after ‘90s (“new comers”). The aim of my research is to understand the issues and problems of the immigrants’ children in the process of the education by analyzing the policies and practice of education for the immigrants’ children and the programs under the slogan of “multicultural coexistence (tabunka kyosei)” in the local governments, using mixed-methods. D.Phil. in Sociology.







Project Researcher (Global Research Division, Center for Advanced School Education and Evidence-based Research)

My research focuses on professional development of teachers in Japan and developing countries. I am interested in building a sustainable system of professional development based on collegiality with the focus on student learning. My experience of working with the schools in Indonesia and Japan led me to believe, in order to improve teaching and learning in classrooms, understanding socio-cultural contexts such as working environment of teachers, school culture, the expected roles of teachers, and teacher collegiality and their relationship with students, are crucial. Currently, I am working on a PhD thesis “Recontextualization of lesson study in a Javanese school, Indonesia.”

Center for Excellence in School Education,
The University of Tokyo