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Graduate School of Human Life Sciences Member List

Name Position Speciality Research Theme Research Outline

As of April 5 , 2018

 Dean:Kimiko Nagasawa

Master’s Program

 

Takaaki
Ishiyama

Professor

Educational Psychology / Developmental Psychology

/ Vocational Rehabilitation

Special needs education, psychology for children with disabilities, career education, qualitative psychology, junior sports The primary objective of this study is to investigate employers' awareness about the issues involved when employing people with developmental disorders. The secondary objective is to examine the awareness of career support for teachers of special needs schools.

Yasuharu Kiyohara

Professor Japan's History of Modern Sports Community sports meets in Kochi after World War Ii After the Great Merger of Showa era (1926–1989) in the 1950s in Japan (during which many towns, cities, and villages were amalgamated), community sports meets were initiated in order to promote harmony among the people of the newly established communities. This study focuses on the social function of sports meets.

Yoko Nobe

Associate
Professor
Gender Studies Gender studies, sociology of the family, sociology of welfare, sociology of medicine, minority studies, identity studies My research focuses on: (1) family diversity in Japan; (2) support systems for adopted and foster children; and (3) diversity of social care by local authorities in Japan. My research is conducted from a sociological and gender-sensitive perspective.

Takashi Yoshikawa

Associate Professor Philosophy, Ethics Ethics of living, philosophy and ethics of caring, phenomenology, philosophy of perception I conduct studies on living support systems for people with disabilities, as well as on education and training systems for social workers who engage in livelihood support for people with disabilities.
Nutrition/Human Life Sciences

Kenji Isshiki

Professor Analytical Chemistry / Aquatic Geochemistry / Environmental Chemistry / Scientific Literacy Education Chemical speciation of trace elements in aquatic environments.Environmental circulation of trace elements I started my career as an analytical chemist and then expanded my expertise to aquatic environmental chemistry and geochemistry. I work on analytical chemistry, focusing on the trace elements in natural waters, and environmental chemistry, focusing on the aquatic environment such as oceans and rivers.

Reiko Inai

Professor Nutrition Education Connection between research, theory and practice We conduct a nutrition diagnosis by Ncp for health and longevity support, and evaluate the effectiveness of nutrition education for each age group, target group, individual, group, region, etc. We also study the nutritional education effects in functional foods.
Jun
Kobayashi
Professor Public Health,Biochemistry Food Safety,Water Pollution,Analytical Chemistry  

Takashi Murakami

Professor Molecular Biology, Cell Biology, Diabetology Analysis of lifestyle-related diseases using molecular biological techniques and more macro approaches We investigated the effects of adipocyte-derived bioactive substances such as leptin, which is produced in response to the nutritional status, on the ability of insulin-secretion from pancreatic B cells.

Hiroyuki
Watanabe

Professor

Research on the Nutritional Functions of Foods,
Analysis of the Significance of the Regulatory Functions of Energy Metabolism

Food science, food functional science, functional component analysis, lipid metabolism

We evaluate the biological functionality of food ingredients by extracting them from raw foods or from fermented and other processed foods.

We use experimental techniques of each level of enzyme reaction, cell, and animal tests as an evaluation method.
Reiko Aramaki Associate Professor Public Health Nutrition    
Makiko
Suzuki
Associate Professor Basic Nutrition, Applied Nutrition, Molecular Metabolism and Clinical Nutrition

1.The pathogenic mechanism of egg allergies
2. The physiological significance of arginine methylation and the metabolism of asymmetric dimethylarginine (Adma)

We demonstrated that lipocalin-type prostaglandin D synthase (L- Pgds) reacted with serum Ige in patients with egg allergies. L-Pgds is a dual-functioning protein in the lipocalin family, acting as a Pgd2-synthesizing enzyme and as an extracellular transporter for small lipophilic molecules. Our research interest is the mechanism by which L-Pgds increases serum ovalbumin (Ova)-Ige levels.

Yuichiro
Takei
Assistant Professor Nutritional Therapy for Calcified Tissue-related Disorders 1.Nutritional therapy for calcified tissue-related disorders
2.Development of a novel analysis method of gut microflora and basic research about the relationship between resident microbiota, nutrition and health
My interests are tissue-tissue correlation and its related disorders (for example, Ckd-Mbd and cardiorenal syndrome). For vertebrates, bone tissue is not only a supportive tissue but an organizer for other organs such as the heart and kidneys—therefore, bone is an essential tissue. So far, I have studied the relationship between bone diseases and vascular diseases
Social Welfare

Shunji
Sugihara

Professor Child and Family Welfare, Counseling Research on social work to support children and their families. Practical study of school-based social work. Additional data based on interviews with people about their experience. My research studies focus on social work relating to children and family. I also study social work based in Japanese schools, especially those in Kochi prefecture. My research is also based on interviews with people about their own experiences.

Takako Miyaue

Professor Care and Welfare Training programs and careers for certified care workers

(1)Family caregivers' competence in caring for the elderly with dementia
(2)Learning process of adult students in training programs for certified care workers
(3)Experiential learning and work ethic in semi-professional careers

Kimiko Nagasawa

Professor International Comparative Research on Care for The Elderly Quasi-market, regulation and governance to improve quality of care (1)International comparative study of long-term care policies
(2)The quasi-market and governance of social care (the balance and the roles of public, private, and non-profit sectors)
(3)Gender-related issues on Lgbtqi persons

Kiyomu Tanaka

Professor Social Security The relation between publicness, fairness and human development on social security (1)Research on institutional reforms that balance the public nature and fairness of social security
(2)Restructuring of social security systems from the viewpoint of human development
(3)Formation factor and sustainability of symbiotic community welfare centered on small bases

Hiroko Maruyama

Professor Theory of Social Work Practice Social work processes Competence-oriented approach in psychiatric social work:
(1)Development of social work methods (for encouraging people in need of help to participate in social work)
(2)Development of practical competences in social workers (for systematic learning, education, training and supervision)
Teruo
Yokoi
Professor Rehabilitation Science dementia, self-awareness, language, individuals with severe motor and intellectual disabilities, dysphagia  

Takanori Suzuki

Associate Professor Basic Nutrition, Applied Nutrition, Molecular Metabolism and Clinical Nutrition

1.The pathogenic mechanism of egg allergies
2. The physiological significance of arginine methylation and the metabolism of asymmetric dimethylarginine (Adma)

We demonstrated that lipocalin-type prostaglandin D synthase (L- Pgds) reacted with serum Ige in patients with egg allergies. L-Pgds is a dual-functioning protein in the lipocalin family, acting as a Pgd2-synthesizing enzyme and as an extracellular transporter for small lipophilic molecules. Our research interest is the mechanism by which L-Pgds increases serum ovalbumin (Ova)-Ige levels.

Akira Nishiuchi

Professor Social Work, Gerontological Social Work Comprehensive assessment in social work with the aged Information and communications technology (Ict) is used to handle and process information in social work practices. My research, based on theories of general social work, aims to develop a model of interprofessional collaboration through the use of Ict.

Koji Nishiume

Associate Professor

Social Work Theory and Methodology

Empowerment practice in social work My research focuses on the theoretical framework and process of empowerment practices. This research aims to utilize Ecoscanner, a life-enhancing tool in empowerment practices, to advance the method of Ecosystem Projects. Empowerment practices in social work occupy an important position in Japan. These theoretical frameworks, ecosystems, and social constructionist perspectives have a strong influence on empowerment practices in reinterpreting the lives of client systems, collaborating with them, and bridging micro and macro social work practices.

Yayoi Miyoshi

Associate Professor Care Welfare Study of end of life care for elderly individuals We study the role of certified care workers and end-of-life care methods for elderly individuals. We carry out these researches in order to build a model for end-of-life meal care by caregivers.
Cultural Studies

Takahiro Ioroi

Professor English Linguistics

English linguistics (phonetics and phonology),

Applied linguistics (Teaching English as a Foreign Language), Teacher education
My research interests include explorations into (1) how Efl (English as a Foreign Language) learners acquire knowledge and competence in handling prosodic aspects of English, especially in regard to the assignment of word stress and intonation contours; (2) the phonological and morphological properties that function to determine the surface realizations of word forms; and (3) English Language Teaching in secondary education.

Hideki Iwakura

Professor Constitutional Law Freedom of expression Devising constitutional law doctrines in favor of freedom of expression in a free society.

Makoto Omura

Professor Disaster Prevention, Remote Sensing, Geoscience

Remote sensing for disaster prevention and geoscience

Social activity and education for disaster prevention
Remote sensing, especially Sar (Synthetic Aperture Radar), is a powerful tool for monitoring disasters and determining the condition of Earth’s environment. We research Sar applications. We also study social activities and education relating to disaster prevention as the Nankai Trough Great Earthquake is expected to hit Japan in the near future.

Seisuke Takanishi

Professor Chinese Classical Literature The tales in the Six Dynasties, Tang dynasty and Song dynasty My research interests include exploration into (1) the history of Chinese Classical Tales from the Six Dynasties to the Song dynasty; (2) the establishment and acceptance of the collected works of Tangdai Chuanqi; and (3) the Chinese folk culture of the Middle Ages in Chinese classical tales.

Naokazu
Hashio

Professor Japanese Philology / Dialectology / Linguistics Enviro-cultural linguistics of regional languages Regional languages and their enviro-culture will be studied overall through an enviro-cultural linguistic approach with "living of river basin" as the keyword. We would like to link these results to the revitalization of the development of regions and communication, and help the community benefit from it.

Nobuaki Higashihara

Professor Japanese Classical Literature

Discourse analysis of The Tale of Genji

Discourse analysis of The Tosa Diary

My research focuses on the development of the discourse that finds its origins in early prose works such as The Tosa Diary and reaches its completion in The Tale of Genji, and on the continuity that can be observed between  them.

Yoichi Miura

Professor Architectural History Research on preservation architectural urban history The approaches taken to restore the Main Hall during the Meiji era (1868–1912) and the details of the project were elucidated through a study of documents with reference to other supporting evidence.

Shungo Kanazawa

Associate Professor English Linguistics, Corpus Linguistics Semantics, the semantic extension, and the synchronic and diachronic changes of modern English My main research interest is the semantic extension of various constructions in English. In particular, I have researched the synchronic and diachronic changes of some modern English constructions consisting of a/an-adjective-nouns, by means of a corpus of English as well as a large electronic collection of spoken and written English. Many English constructions share the same grammatical pattern with each other, although each construction has a different meaning. I have explored the motivation for this from the perspective of human cognition and linguistic abilities.

Joel Joos

Professor Intellectual History of Japan, Cultural Studies (Japan) The indigenous roots of liberal thought, post-Meiji interaction with foreign countries, foreign ideas, and foreign views on Japan My research focuses on the Movement for Freedom and People's Rights, and how it connects to the influx of Western ideas. The premise, however, is not that the development of modern thinking is to be equated with the permeation of foreign ideas, but has to be understood within the cultural context of the early Meiji era, an era about which many a foreign observer has left us with commentaries worth studying.

Masato
Torikai

Associate Professor British Literature and Culture

Modern British literature and Western philosophy

Modern Western literary theory
Studying the philosophical ideas of British authors in the late nineteenth and the early twentieth century; analyzing the relationship between British literature and imperialism; re-examining the significance of the modern Western literary theory and of students learning literature at universities based on the theory.

Yoshinari Yamaguchi

Associate Professor Early American Prose American history writing from the late eighteenth through the nineteenth century

My biggest research interest is the making of American literature during the early national era. For the last decade, I have focused on early American history writing, and examined how the late-eighteenth- and early-nineteenth-century historians imagined and wrote the history of the newly independent (i.e., unstoried, devoid-of-history) nation into being. As part of the same project on the beginnings of American literature, moreover, I am now working on the relationship between creativity and the idea of “fame” in the early nineteenth-century literary coterie, the Knickerbocker Group.

 

Name Position Speciality Research Theme Research Outline

Doctoral Program

 

Takahiro Ioroi

Professor English Linguistics

English linguistics (phonetics and phonology),

Applied linguistics (Teaching English as a Foreign Language), Teacher education
My research interests include explorations into (1) how Efl (English as a Foreign Language) learners acquire knowledge and competence in handling prosodic aspects of English, especially in regard to the assignment of word stress and intonation contours; (2) the phonological and morphological properties that function to determine the surface realizations of word forms; and (3) English Language Teaching in secondary education.

Nobuaki Higashihara

Professor Japanese Classical Literature

Discourse analysis of The Tale of Genji

Discourse analysis of The Tosa Diary

My research focuses on the development of the discourse that finds its origins in early prose works such as The Tosa Diary and reaches its completion in The Tale of Genji, and on the continuity that can be observed between  them.

Yoichi Miura

Professor Architectural History Research on preservation architectural urban history The approaches taken to restore the Main Hall during the Meiji era (1868–1912) and the details of the project were elucidated through a study of documents with reference to other supporting evidence.
Nutrition/Human Life Sciences

Makoto Omura

Professor Disaster Prevention, Remote Sensing, Geoscience

Remote sensing for disaster prevention and geoscience

Social activity and education for disaster prevention
Remote sensing, especially Sar (Synthetic Aperture Radar), is a powerful tool for monitoring disasters and determining the condition of Earth’s environment. We research Sar applications. We also study social activities and education relating to disaster prevention as the Nankai Trough Great Earthquake is expected to hit Japan in the near future.

Takashi Murakami

Professor Molecular Biology, Cell Biology, Diabetology Analysis of lifestyle-related diseases using molecular biological techniques and more macro approaches We investigated the effects of adipocyte-derived bioactive substances such as leptin, which is produced in response to the nutritional status, on the ability of insulin-secretion from pancreatic B cells.

Hiroyuki
Watanabe

Professor

Research on the Nutritional Functions of Foods,
Analysis of the Significance of the Regulatory Functions of Energy Metabolism

Food science, food functional science, functional component analysis, lipid metabolism

We evaluate the biological functionality of food ingredients by extracting them from raw foods or from fermented and other processed foods.

We use experimental techniques of each level of enzyme reaction, cell, and animal tests as an evaluation method.
Social Welfare

Shunji
Sugihara

Professor Child and Family Welfare, Counseling Research on social work to support children and their families. Practical study of school-based social work. Additional data based on interviews with people about their experience. My research studies focus on social work relating to children and family. I also study social work based in Japanese schools, especially those in Kochi prefecture. My research is also based on interviews with people about their own experiences.

Kimiko Nagasawa

Professor International Comparative Research on Care for The Elderly Quasi-market, regulation and governance to improve quality of care (1)International comparative study of long-term care policies
(2)The quasi-market and governance of social care (the balance and the roles of public, private, and non-profit sectors)
(3)Gender-related issues on Lgbtqi persons

Hiroko Maruyama

Professor Theory of Social Work Practice Social work processes Competence-oriented approach in psychiatric social work:
(1)Development of social work methods (for encouraging people in need of help to participate in social work)
(2)Development of practical competences in social workers (for systematic learning, education, training and supervision)

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