Human Security and Communications(HC)

      How should we live together in this dynamically diverse and globalized world? Human Security and Communications (HC) aims to use interdisciplinary approaches to solve the myriad issues stemming from this very question.

     When thinking about how common life should be shared in the modern world, it is critical to bring our attention to the subtle interactions that occur between the unique aspects of individuals and groups. In doing so, it is necessary to consider human life as something composed of various methods of communication. It is also essential to adopt a multilayered mode of observation from a viewpoint that connects the macro, meso, and micro, such as the individual and the community and the global and local, while taking language into account at each level. We closely examine how people acquire and use language, and are sensitive to the effects of language on power relationships and colonialism. The HC Program explores the unique problems in each region and creates objective and subjective solutions to the issues faced by the people who inhabit them. Additionally, it is an ideal research environment for those who will spark change in our society through education including multi-lingual education. 

     Objective, multifactorial analysis may be key to accurately grasping one’s research subject, but an emphasis should also be placed on what can be learned from the subjective experience of the individual, which is best achieved by closely interacting with their lives and environment. At its core, the HC Program addresses the question of what a human person is. This requires a constant awareness of the multilayered and unique aspects of people, such as the objective and subjective aspects found within individuals and groups.
     Moreover, we must not forget that the meaning of “human person” is relative to the society, language, or culture in which it is embedded.
     With this perspective in mind, our program engages with primarily the following topics, based on our member’s individual research fields,
  • Culture: Oral and written literature, language, thought, art, multiculturalism, understanding other cultures
  • Society: Transboundary movements, immigration, indigenous peoples, use of language
  • History: Modern and post-modern, colonial
  • Education: Language education, foreign language education, multilingual education
  • Politics and policy making: language policy, multicultural and multiethnic coexistence, social movements
     We continue to examine society, culture, and language interacting on multiple levels, and expand the scope of our research toward the interactions within regions and groups of people. In the midst of accelerating globalization, transboundary movements, and cultural exchange, the HC Program stands as the most ideal environment to research the path to human coexistence.

Affiliated Projects

  • Development Networks in Japan, Asia and North Pacific
  • Sustainable Development
  • Contemporary Socio-Cultural Research Project
  • IT and the Learning Environment Project
  • Language Education Design Project
  • Studies of Modern Society
  • Assessment Project

Graduate School of Media and Governance > Registration Numbers of Graduation Project


 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 October, 2018)

Note: "◎" indicates the Program chairperson.

Name Title Research Interest(S)
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
BABA, Wakana Assistant Professor German Language Education, Modern German History
WARAGAI, Ikumi Professor Germanistik, Didaktik


Name Title Research Interest(S)
HIROSE, Yoko 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

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.