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Professor (Sociology of Education)

My study focuses on relations between education, work and family. Since early 1990s, Japanese society has witnessed a conspicuous growth of discrepancies in relations between these three social systems, which include dysfunctions of ‘transition from school to work’, escalation of pressures on responsibilities of parents to educate their children, widening inequality in educational opportunities, and expansion of poverty among families with children. I explore causes and solutions to these problems, especially necessary reforms of education and new roles of the government and civil movements.





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Professor (Sociology of Education)

I am interested in the impact of globalization on families, schools, and children’s identity and ability formation. I have conducted ethnographic research on Japanese families in the U.S. and foreign families in Japan, focusing on internationally mobile children. I look at the intersections of gender, ethnicity, class, and academic achievement in school routines and family educational strategies. I am also conducting international comparisons of multicultural education and citizenship education through surveys of schools in Japan and the U.S. I am currently researching how education and society can be inclusive of minorities.











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.



Yoshiharu YAMAMOTO


Professor (Educational Physiology)

The data analysis of biomedical and health-related information is my specialty. In a research side, focusing mainly on health-related data in daily settings, I investigate methods for the data collection, data analysis, interpretation of the results, and the use of information obtained for health risk evaluation and disease prevention. In addition to the development of new methodology for signal processing, modelling, and statistical analysis, of the standard physiological measurements, recently I also focus on a broader health-related data including behavioral and social ones. In an education side, I aim at teaching students with diverse interests and concerns so that they acquire specialized and integrated analytic skills required in the era of information and communication technology.












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.






Associate Professor

Center for Advanced School Education and Evidence-based Research
Center for Research and Development of Higher Education

My research interest focus on development and dissemination of high quality Faculty Development programs which contribute to enhancing the quality of professors in higher education. I am in charge of UTokyo Future Faculty Program which is provided for graduate students and staff in our university to learn learner-centered teaching. With this practice, I am exploring the possibilities of preparing future faculty program and human resource development in general. I am also interested in the function of reflection as a factor for promoting the quality of university professors so that I am engaging in research projects relavant to clarifing the effect of reflection in the process of creating Teaching Portfolios and Academic Portfolios and its dissemination.

  • Kurita, K. (2013) Structured strategy for implementation of the teaching portfolio concept in Japan, International Journal for Academic Development, International Journal for Academic Development, 18(1), 74-88 (DOI :10.1080/1360144X.2011.625622)



Katsushige KATAYAMA


Associate Professor (Educational Anthropology)

My current research interests lie in the educational implications of political and moral philosophy. More specifically, my research explores the possibilities and limits of citizenship and moral education in a liberal, democratic, and plural society. From this educational perspective, I approach what John Rawls calls the problem of political liberalism: How is it possible that there may exist over time a stable and just society of free and equal citizens profoundly divided by reasonable though incompatible religious, philosophical, and moral doctrines?


  • Katayama, K. (2003) Is the Virtue Approach to Moral Education Viable in a Plural Society?, Journal of Philosophy of Education, 37.2, pp. 325-338. Reprinted in: J. Dunne and P. Hogan (eds.) (2004) Education and Practice: Upholding the Integrity of Teaching and Learning (Oxford: Blackwell Publishing).



Kensuke OKADA


Associate Professor (Psychological Statistics)

My research interest is in statistical modeling of psychological, educational, and behavioral data for better understanding of human behavior. To this end, my lab members and I are conducting research on application and theory of Bayesian statistics. I believe this is an exciting area of research with deep scientific questions and with a wide variety of potential applications.


Satoshi Usami

Associate Professor (Psychometrics)

My general interests are developing and applying statistical methods for behavioral science. Methodologically, my current lines of research include (a) latent growth curve modeling for evaluating within-person changes and its individual differences, (b) developing and investigating the unified framework for longitudinal models to examine reciprocal relations between longitudinally observed variables, and (c) within-person variability score-based causal inference for joint effects of time-varying treatments. In addition, I am collaborating with substantive researchers on a number of topics relating to educational, psychological and medical research.


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

My main research interest centers around the mechanism of internationalization and globalization of education systems. Internationalization and globalization could include diverse agendas ranging from economic motives such as producing globally competitive human resources to a response to declining population. In other words, they likely involve politics among different actors, such as civil servants and politicians at the national level, the board of education and governors/mayors at the local level, and so on. I intend to address the following questions: what kind of internationalization and globalization those actors aim to achieve, what kind of view and norm on education guides them, and to what kind of reform those views are translated.

Please consult this page ( for my curriculum vitae.


  • Takahashi, F., & Iwabuchi, K. (2022). A Japanese University. In M. Byram & M. Stoicheva (Eds.), The experience of examining the PhD: An international comparative study of processes and standards of doctoral examination (pp. 120-133). Taylor & Francis.
  • Iwabuchi, K. (2022). The government, market, and IB: An analysis of policy documents justifying the introduction of the IB. Journal of Research into IB Education, 6, 125-141.
  • Iwabuchi, K., Hodama, K., Onishi, Y., Miyazaki, S., Nakae, S., & Suzuki, K. H. (2022). Covid-19 and education on the frontlines in Japan: What caused learning disparities and how did the government and schools take initiative? In F. M. Reimers (Ed.), Primary and secondary education during Covid-19 (pp. 125-151). Springer.





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

My research focuses on the structure, function, and development of resilience, a psychological trait that facilitates recovery from psychological maladjustment. In particular, I examine the effects of resilience on health and performance in terms of its interaction with environmental factors in a large cross-sectional, longitudinal sample of Japanese. Using these findings, I develop the effectiveness of intervention programs to improve resilience.

  • Ueno, Y., Hirano, M., & Oshio. A. (2020). The development of resilience in Japanese adults: A two-wave latent change model. Health Psychology Open, 7, 1-7.
  • Ueno, Y., Takahashi, A., & Oshio, A. (2019). Relationship between sensory-processing sensitivity and age in a large cross-sectional Japanese sample. Heliyon, 5, e02508.



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

My research focuses on human resource development and financial support program through tertiary education, especially at graduate level, in Japan and the U.S.
Despite fostering and securing human resources in science technology has become a pressing issue in Japan, the percentage of students proceeding to PhD program has decreased from 16.9% in 1994 to 9.5% in 2019.In the background to this situation, it has been pointed out that educational and research institutions are limiting their PhD employment to hiring temporary employees, and outstanding human resources cannot see a clear career path. My research project at CASEER is intended to determine the realities of human resource development in Japan’s graduate schools and investigating how initiatives by overseas universities (especially in U.S.) compare with circumstances in Japan.




Administrative Staff






Collaborative Researcher

[External Collaborators]

Masahisa Sato
Faculty of Environmental Studies Department of Environmental Management and Sustainabilty, Graduate School of Environmental and Information Studies Environmental and Information Studies, Tokyo City University


Hajime Shirouzu
Senior Researcher
Dept. for Elementary and Secondary Education Research, National Institute for Educational Policy Research


Tetsuya Kawamoto
Faculty of Letters, Kokushikan University


Kanako Kusanagi
School of Education, Graduate School of Education and Human Development, Nagoya University


Shion Hotta
Office of Research Development and Sponsored Projects, Shonan Fujisawa Campus, Keio University


Yuka Matsumoto
Reporter, Journalist
NHK WORLD-JAPAN, Hamers Co., Ltd.


LIU Jing
Associate Professor
Graduate school of Education/Faculty of Education. Tohoku University


Dr. Wesley Teter
UNESCO’s Asia-Pacific Regional Bureau for Education

[Internal Collaborators]

Kiyoshi Izumi
Department of Systems Innovation, School of Engineering


Kuniyoshi Sakai
Department of Basic Science, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences


Kaoru Sato
Center for Social Research and Data Archives, Institute of Social Science


Hideki Hashimoto
School of Public Health (SPH), Graduate School of Medicine


Kaori Fujita
Department of Architecture, Graduate School of Engineering,


Yuhei Yamauchi
The Dean of The University of Tokyo III/GSIII
Interfaculty Initiative in Information Studies