Human Security and Communications(HC)

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Affiliated Projects

  • Contemporary Socio-Cultural Research Project
  • IT and the Learning Environment Project
  • Language Education Design Project
  • Studies of Modern Society

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 Keeping Perspective on Human Security

Fumiya Hirataka
Professor, Program Chairperson

When students go out to do research, I want them to focus on first defining issues in the field before dealing with an issue. For example, if we are talking about how to support Japanese as a foreign language education on the local level, there is a tendency to try to solve problems using the large budgets of the national and local governments. Of course, national policies are important; however, if you try to examine problems only from the perspective of the whole country or large areas, you will overlook fundamental issues of 'what the really required support is'. If you do not go to where Japanese language support is actually taking place to see what is necessary for foreigners learning Japanese and for those teaching them, how the networks around them are functioning, or what is required for those administering these networks, you will never be able to provide support that connects to the concerned parties. People usually understand their lives in ways that do not appear in statistics or in ways that cannot be easily recorded. For example, people's human relationships and connections to the local community are not easy to document, but they are the basis of everyday support. The policy of the HC Program is to have students pay attention to these issues, examine problems that occur in people's everyday lives and the communities that support these everyday lives, and consider ways to solve these problems.

Faculty Members (as of April, 2018)

Note: "◎" indicates the Program chairperson.

Name Title Research Interest(S)
BABA,Wakana Assistant Professor German Language Education, Modern German History
FUJITA,Mamoru Assistant Professor Latin American Studies, Anthropology of Development, Aynu Oral Literature
HIKAMI, Tadashi Professor Chinese Classical Literature, Chinese Traditional Opera
HIRATAKA, Fumiya Professor Foreign Language Education (German and Japanese as a Second Language), Sociolinguistics
KUNIEDA, Takahiro Professor French Literature, French Language Education
MIYASHIRO, Yasutake Associate Professor Political Philosophy, French Philosophical thoughts
NISHIKAWA, Hasumi Assistant Professor French Literature, French as a Foreign Language
OGUMA, Eiji Professor Historical Sociology
SUGIHARA, Yumi Associate Professor Japanese Language Education, Ethnomethodology and Conversation Analysis, Intercultural Education
TAKAGI, Takeya Assistant Professor Korean Language Study, Sociolinguistics
WARAGAI, Ikumi Professor Germanistik, Didaktik


Name Title Research Interest(S)
HIROSE, Yoko Associate Professor International Politics, Comparative Politics, Political Development Studies, The Transcaucasus Area Studies
JIMBO, Ken Professor International Security, Security in Asia-Pacific, Regionalism in East Asia, Japan's Defense and Security Policy
NONAKA,Yo Assistant Professor Southeast Asian Studies (esp. Indonesia), Malay-Indonesian language 
TAJIMA, Eiichi Professor The Study on China, Especially on Chinese Civil Society, Public Religions, and Chinese Christian Associations
WATANABE, Yorizumi Professor International Political Economy, GATT/WTO Law, Trade Policy, European Integration
YAN, Wanglin Professor GIS, Urban and Regional Environment, Sustainability Science

Faculty Profile

Possibilities after Graduation

Careers include international organizations, development consulting, local regional government, private think tanks, general corporations, journalism, printed/audiovisual media and education. This Program also trains researchers for fields such as developmental social studies, international economics, international organization theory, regional research theory, human security theory, foreign language education, lingual culture, communications, etc.