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)・Associate 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.CIAS Home page is

Academic Qualifications:

  • B.A. Tokyo Univ. of Foreign Studies 1986
  • M.A. Univ. of Tokyo 1990

Research Topics:

The Basmachi Movement in Ferghana

Recent Research Interests:

Interested in: The process of development and various aspects of the Basmachi movement after the Russian Revolution in Ferghana ; The olitical process of the national delimitation in Central Asia 1924-25, which was conducted under Soviet regime after requidation of the Basmachi movement, and on the process of the formation of modern nations and states in Soviet Central Asia as its result; Re-examination of history in Uzbekistan's case; Preservation and effective usage of rare historical materials located in Central Asia, especially for those of the evolutionary period.

Geographical areas of Interest:

Central Asia, Turkistan, Uzbekistan

Ethnic groups:

Uzbek, Tajik, Kirghiz, Kazakh, Turkmen, Sart


Modern History, Area Studies


Obiya Chika and Kuroki Hidemitsu, eds., Political Violence and Human Security in the Post-9.11 World (JCAS Symposium Series 24, State Nation and Etunic Relations IX), Osaka: The Japan Center for Area Studies, NME, 254p. (2006.2.24)
"A Fragment of History of 'Transoxiana' in the Early 20th Century: Tracing Enver Pasha in Central Asia," Transoxiana: Istoriia i kul'tura. Akademiku Edvardu Rtveladze v chest' 60-letiia. Kollegi i ucheniki, Tashkent, pp. 347-352
Komatsu, H. Obiya, C. Schoeberlein, J. S. Migration in Central Asia: Its History and Current Problems (JCAS Symposium Series No. 9), Osaka: The Japan Center for Area Studies, National Museum of Ethnology.