The National Museum of Ethnology (Minpaku) is a research center for ethnology and cultural anthropology.
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Faculty Members (by department)

The National Museum of Ethnology

Deputy Directors-General

Department of Social Research

Associate Professor
  • MISHIMA Teiko Anthropology, international migration; Senegal, West Africa
  • OTA Shimpei Sociocultural anthropology; Northeast Asia
  • SATO Koji Architectural history, ethno-architecture; Southeast Asia, Oceania
  • UDAGAWA Taeko Cultural anthropology, gender studies; Italy, Mediterranean Europe
Assistant Professor

Department of Cultural Research

Associate Professor
  • FUJIMOTO Toko Cultural anthropology, Central Asian studies
  • HIROSE Koujirou Japanese religious history, folklore
  • SAITO Reiko Aynu and Northern indigenous peoples studies, material culture; North Pacific Rim
  • SHINMEN Mitsuhiro Science of religion; Eastern Europe
  • SUZUKI Motoi Anthropological perspectives on development assistance evaluations
  • YAMANAKA Yuriko Comparative study of traditions on Alexander the Great; West Asia, Iran

Department of Advanced Studies in Anthropology

  • SAITO Akira Ethnohistory; Latin America
  • SEKI Yuji South American archaeology, cultural anthropology
Associate Professor
Assistant Professor

Center for Research Development

  • KASHINAGA Masao Ethnography of Southeast Asia; Vietnam, Tai area
  • KISHIGAMI Nobuhiro Cultural anthropology, Inuit studies; North America
  • NISHIO Tetsuo Linguistics, Arab culture; Middle East, North Africa
  • SUZUKI Nanami Cultural anthropology, culture of medicine, life-design studies, American and European medieval social history
Associate Professor

Research Center for Cultural Resources

  • NOBAYASHI Atsushi Ethnoarchaeology, material culture, Austronesian cultures; East Asia, Formosa
  • NOBUTA Toshihiro Social anthropology, Southeast Asian Studies
  • YOSHIDA Kenji Anthropology of expressive culture; Africa, Europe, Japan
Associate Professor
  • FUKUOKA Shota Ethnomusicology; Southeast Asia, Indonesia
  • HAYASHI Isao Social structure, cosmology, risk and disaster; Melanesia, Polynesia, Japan
  • HIDAKA Shingo Conservation science
  • ITO Atsunori Social anthropology, Native American studies, indigenous arts and intellectual property issues
  • UEBA Yoko Textile and handcraft; South Asia, Middle East
  • YAMAMOTO Yasunori Museum informatics
Assistant Professor