New appointments at the Nissan Institute of Japanese Studies

Mr Ian Rapley will be joining us as Postdoctoral Teaching Associate for the academic year 2013-2014.  He is completing his DPhil in modern Japanese history and prior to that he was a student on the MPhil in Modern Japanese Studies programme. His research interests include language and history, transnational movements especially across Asia, local histories, and alternative narratives of twentieth century Japan. He will be teaching the Modern Japanese History course in Hilary Term 2014.

Dr Tuukka Toivonen will be joining us from 1st October 2013 as Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Study of Contemporary Japan.  Dr Toivonen got his DPhil at Oxford working on a thesis entitled Explaining Social Inclusion and Activation Policy for Youth in 21st Century Japan.  His first degree was from Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University.  He continues to work on ‘youth problems’ publishing widely, and is currently focusing on social entrepreneurship among young people in Japan.

Dr Hiroaki Matsuura took up the post of Departmental Lecturer in the Economy of Japan in January 2013.  Dr Matsuura joined us from Harvard University where he had recently completed a doctorate on "Rights, Health Laws, and Health Outcomes".  He also holds degrees from Keio, Chicago and Northwestern universities.  His principle teaching duties will be on our masters programme where he will teach a course on Japanese Economic Policy.