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

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The Japan Center for Area Studies (JCAS)・Assistant Professor
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*Japan Center for Area Studies (JCAS) has been reorganized into Center for Integrated Area Studies
(CIAS) in Kyoto University since April 1,2006.
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Academic Qualifications:

  • B.A. Waseda Univ. 1991
  • M.A. Waseda Univ. 1993

Research Topics:

  1. Nation-building in "Eastern Europe"
  2. Immigrant integration and nationalism in Estonia and Latvia

Recent Research Interests:

After 50 years' Soviet regime, independence was regained in Estonia in 1991. From the early 90's Estonia has faced challenges of nation-building and democratization, while it is making every effort to integrate toward the European Union.
Estonian society has experienced changes of political and educational institutions, legislation and economic system etc. during these years. My main interest lies in the changes of society and identity in the reform process.

Geographical areas of Interest:

Estonia, Latvia

Ethnic groups:

Estonian, Russian-speaker in the Baltic states




Baltic Studies in Japan, The 4th International Academic Conference of KACEES, at Tartu University (2004.7.13-14)