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Project Professor



2019 Research book (PDF: 1.1MB)


1987.03   Withdrawal from the Doctoral Program with the Completion of Course Requirements,
               Graduate School of Humanities and Sociology, University of Tokyo (UTokyo)
1989.04   Lecturer, Faculty of International Relations, University of Shizuoka
1994.05   Associate Professor, Faculty of International Relations, University of Shizuoka
1997.04   Professor, University of Shizuoka(present post)
2012.04   Director, Center for Global Studies, Graduate School of International Relations
2015.04   Project Professor, RCAST, UTokyo (concurrent post)

Research Interests

1. Sociology
Identity Politics, Disability Studies, Sociology of Emotions. Person in order to prove that it is not that he is the presence valuable, or a worthless existence, consumes the majority of their lives. I call the fierce "identity game" and when I analyze it trying to use Disability, Ethnic and Race, Gender and Sexuality.

2.Assistive Technology Field
I am doing the research and development of software and support equipment for the visually impaired and working on research and social activities related to information accessibility.
The main development of the past:

  • Automatic text to Braille translation software EXTRA for Windows
  • Editor/Internet browser ALTAIR for Windows
  • Screen reader JAWS for Windows Professional Japanese version
  • Smart Braille Notetaker Braille Sense Series Japanese version
  • GPS walking support system, etc.
Recent study:
  • I have a research in order to realize a joint online digital library for visually impaired people.
  • Development of Mobility Assist System for the People with Visual Impairment by Collaborative Creation of Multiple Generations
3. Disability policy field
As chairperson of the Commission on the Policy for Persons with Disabilities, I am working on national implementation and monitoring of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.
And as the representative director of AHEAD-Japan, I am working for promoting inclusive higher education.


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