Human Security and Communications(HC)


Motohiro Tsuchiya Professor, Program ChairpersonThinking about language, culture, history, and politics based on individuals

Takahiro Kunieda
Professor, Program Chairperson

Human Security has been defined as "freedom from fear, freedom from want." In this program, we tackle various policy issues within the dynamic context of co-existence and cultural exchange, while at the same time examining how to promote and protect human security at the individual and community levels. The common issues we research are related to the diverse nation-state systems, economic systems at different levels of development, various languages and cultures, and historical experiences, which we go beyond the existing framework to solve. We focus on solutions that are not only monopolized by public forms of government, but also achieved through people, ranging from transnational to diverse regional groups, and from the household to the individual level, to include all creative human endeavors. We pursue a variety of research on humanities, such as on language, culture, history, and politics, while taking into account the multifaceted nature of human existence, such as how a person is objectively analyzed as opposed to the subjective meaning in their lives, or the difference between people as individuals or as members of a group.

Affiliated Academic Projects

  • Hummanities approrch to modern society and culture
  • Interdisciplinary Japanese Studies
  • Multilingual and Multicultural Society
  • Language Learning & Teaching Design

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

Faculty Members(as of June, 2019)

Note: "◎" indicates the Program chairperson.

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Name Title Research Interrest(S)
Eiji Oguma Professor Historical Sociology
Fumiya Hirataka Professor Foreign Language Education (German and Japanese as a Second Language), Sociolinguistics
Hasumi Nishikawa Assistant Professor French Literature, French as a Foreign Language
Ikumi Waragai Professor Language & Teaching Design, Language Learning Technology, German literature, media studies
Kaoru, Yamamoto Assistant Professor Arabic Literature, Middle Eastern Society and Culture Studies
Mamoru FUJITA Assistant Professor Latin American Studies (esp. Andean countries), Linguistic Anthropology of the Andes, Aynu Language and Aynu Oral Literature, Anthropology of Development, Modern Japanese Literature (esp. Oe Kenzaburo)
Mika Kunieda Assistant Professor global health, wellbeing/me-byo, communication for development, individual and community level behavior change, health behavioral economics, Africa
Takahiro Kunieda Professor French literature, French language education
Takeya Takagi Assistant Professor Korean Language Study, Dialectology, Discourse Analysis
Wakana Baba Assistant Professor German Language Education, Modern German History
Yasutake MIYASHIRO Associate Professor Political philosophy, French philosophical thoughts
Yumi Sugihara Associate Professor 日本語教育学、多文化教育、エスノメソドロジー・会話分析

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 regional research theory, human security theory, foreign language education, lingual culture, communications, etc.