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Former Directors-General

First Director-General: UMESAO Tadao[deceased]

June 1974-March 1993
Ethnology, comparative study of civilizations

Second Director-General: SASAKI Komei[deceased]

April 1993-March 1997
History of agriculture in East and South Asia

Third Director-General: ISHIGE Naomichi

April 1997-March 2003
Cultural anthropology

Fourth Director-General: MATSUZONO Makio

April 2003-March 2009
Social anthropology, East Africa

Fifth Director-General: SUDO Ken’ichi

April 2009-March 2017
Social anthropology, Oceania

Sixth Director-General: KENJI Yoshida

April 2017-
Cultural anthropology, Africa
Museum anthropology