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Introducing the Japanese Editorial Team

March 01, 2012

Here we present the editorial team from Japan, enthusiastic collaborators in the translation and production of Global Dialogue.

We, the Japanese Regional Editors are very pleased and excited to introduce ourselves to the readers of Global Dialogue (GD) worldwide. We would like to express our gratitude to Professor Burawoy and all the GD contributors for sharing their diverse experiences on numerous and urgent issues in the world. We look forward to welcoming you all at the ISA World Congress of Sociology in Yokohama in 2014 and also sharing our experiences in reviving Japan!

Mari SHIBA (Editorial Chief) received a Master’s Degree in Education from Boston University and later taught children with diverse backgrounds in Boston. She is currently a doctoral student in Sociology at Nagoya University and a member of RC31 (Sociology of Migration). Her research focuses on international adoptions in the US and Sweden.

Kazuhisa NISHIHARA (Editorial Supervisor) is a professor of Sociology at Nagoya University and the President of the Society of Sociological Theory in Japan. His research field is sociological theory, especially the phenomenological sociology of globalization and transnationalism. He is currently focusing on migration in East Asia, in particular foreign agricultural workers in Japan.

Yu FUKUDA is a PhD student at the Graduate School of Sociology, Kwansei Gakuin University. His specialty is sociology of religion and studies of collective memory. He has been conducting fieldwork into rituals that take place after disasters, such as memorial ceremonies for atomic bomb and earthquake victims.

Kosuke HIMENO is a doctoral student of Tokyo University, studying rural sociology, and conducting fieldwork to preserve depopulated rural villages and their cultures in Nagano Prefecture. He feels very honored to be a member of the Japanese translation team of Global Dialogue!

Kazuhiro IKEDA has completed a doctoral course in Sociology at Tokyo University in 2005, and now is a postdoctoral researcher at Sophia University, Tokyo. He is a member of an international research project called “Comparing Climate Change Policy Network” (COMPON), and is a member of RC24 “Environment and Society.”

Yutaka IWADATE is a doctoral student in the Faculty of Social Sciences at Hitotsubashi University, Tokyo. He has been conducting fieldwork on social spaces that are constructed in the everyday practices of young workers who struggle under (post-)neoliberal urban situations.

Michiko SAMBE received her first degree at Kyoto University of Foreign Studies and is currently a PhD candidate of Ochanomizu University where she got her Master’s Degree in Social Science. Her research focuses on relationships between sexual minorities and their heterosexual parents in Japan.

Takako SATO got a BA in International Peace Studies and in Spanish at the University of Wisconsin-Superior, and is currently a PhD student in Sociology at the University of Hokkaido. She has been researching US immigration policy and social networks related to undocumented immigrants.

Yoshiya SHIOTANI, PhD, studies social stratification and inequality at Tohoku University. Recently, he conducted a social survey on victims of the Great East Japan Earthquake. He is analyzing the relationship between victims’ receipt or provision of social support and their mental health.

Tomohiro TAKAMI is a PhD student at the Department of Sociology, Tokyo University, and also a Research Fellow of the Japanese Society for the Promotion of Science. His main research interest is in workers’ autonomy, and particularly the issue of long working hours in Japan.

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