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Institute of Human Rights Studies
The Institute of Buraku Studies was established at our university in 1974. This Institute was the first of its kind among private universities and the second among all in Japan where a wide range of issues on human rights and discrimination were researched. It was reorganized in 1985 to become what is known today as the Institute of Human Rights Studies.
Needless to say, human rights conception is not unchanged but prevailed and deepened while a lot of people have been addressing protection and establishment of human rights. Our institute consists of more than 20 researchers and about 10 contract researchers from outside. We are tackling diversified and intensified human rights issues. I wish our research will lead to the solution of human rights problems.
April 1, 2023
Kansai University Institute of Human Rights Studies
Yotaro Miyamoto (Director)
The Institute of Buraku Studies (established in April 1974) was subsequently reorganised and renamed the Institute of Human Rights Studies in June 1985. This current research institute conducts research in a variety of areas dealing with the discrimination of human rights: Buraku, People with disabilities, Ethnicity and race and Gender. It is committed to establishing human rights both within and outside the university; it aims to contribute towards making people aware of human rights and to make advancements in the realm of research.
The chairman of the institute and commissioned members are involved in both individual and combined research / fieldwork in the various areas mentioned above.
Research findings are reported in publications such as “Bulletin of the Institute of Human Rights Studies” which is circulated within Japan to related institutions. In addition, the activities and data of the institute are outlined in the “Institute of Human Rights Studies Newsletter”.
There is a collection of materials dealing with human rights issues held in the institute which can be accessed by all staff and students of the university.
Furthermore, it is our endeavor to put our research findings into use both within and outside the university campus; our university is committed to raising peoples' awareness of human rights issues on a wide scale. To achieve this, public lectures are held which are open to students, teaching staff and the general public.
List of Research Members
|Director||Yotaro Miyamoto||Professor of Letters||Ethnicity and race|
|Secretary||Ryushi Uchida||Professor of Sociology||Buraku|
|Secretary||Yuko Yamanouchi||Professor of Letters||Ethnicity and race|
|Secretary||Masashi Kushizaki||Professor of Letters||Disability Study|
|Secretary||Satoko Itani||Associate Professor of Letters||Gender studies|
|Research member||Yoko Kado||Professor of Letters||Disability Study|
|Research member||Hiroko Sato||Professor of Letters||Ethnicity and race|
|Research member||Tomohiro Takaku||Professor of Letters||Buraku|
|Research member||Futoshi Taga||Professor of Letters||Gender studies|
|Research member||Adriana Rico-Yokoyama||Professor of Letters||Ethnicity and race|
|Research member||Ken Wakatsuki||Professor of Letters||Buraku|
|Research member||Kay Aoki||Associate Professor of Letters||Ethnicity and race|
|Research member||Takeshi Kumano||Professor of Sociology||Ethnicity and race|
|Research member||Naoko Mori||Professor of Sociology||Gender studies|
|Research member||Chie Sakai||Professor of Sociology||Gender studies|
|Research member||Atsushi Tsuchiya||Professor of Sociology||Disability Study|
|Research member||Noriyuki Asano||Professor of Policy Studies||Disability Study|
|Research member||Myongyun Koh||Professor of Foreign Language Studies||Ethnicity and race|
|Research member||Naoki Yamazaki||Professor of Foreign Language Studies||Disability Study|
|Research member||Yoshihiro Kametani||Professor of Environmental and Urban Engineering||Disability Study|
|Research member||Yumi Kitamura||Professor of Major of Professional Clinical Psychology||Disability Study|
|Commissioned member||Kosuke Okamoto||Social entrepreneur||Buraku|
|Commissioned member||Tomohiro Yoshimura||Osaka Metropolitan University Guest Researcher||Buraku|
|Commissioned member||Haruko Uchida||Research Fellow of Kyoto Human Rights Research Institute||Ethnicity and race|
|Commissioned member||Kenji Murashima||Associate Professor, Faculty of Contemporary Culture, Shokei University||Ethnicity and Race|
|Commissioned member||Park Koo Kang||Representative of Facilities of Services and Supports for People with Disabilities||Disability Study|
|Commissioned member||Megumi Matsunami||Sessional Lecturer||Disability Study|
|Commissioned member||Keiko Nakama||Sessional Lecturer||Gender studies|
|Commissioned member||Chikako Miyamae||Sessional Lecturer||Gender studies|
|Adjunct member||Mihiro Sawai||Sessional Lecturer||Buraku|
|Adjunct member||Jun Koh||Director, Medical Center||Disability Study|
|Adjunct member||Lily Miyata||Sessional Lecturer||Gender studies|
|Adjunct member||Akiko Hori||Sessional Lecturer||Gender studies|
|Adjunct member||Itsuki Dohi||Kyoto prefectural high school teacher, Sessional Lecturer||Gender studies|
Buraku studies research group
Research Topics (2022.4.1～2024.3.31)
- A The history of Buraku suffering and discrimination / The ideology of liberation
- Religion and Buraku issues
- B Current state of Buraku discrimination / practical approaches to existing problems
- （1）Current Buraku discrimination and educational enlightenment
- （2）False charge
- （3）Buraku liberation movement and community development
- （4）Dowa and human rights education on higher education
- （5）Identity in Buraku Discrimination
The wide range of themes of our research group have fundamentally remained the same since the initial opening of the Institute of Buraku Studies. All research has an historical and theoretical foundation, as well as having a solid practical base. A wide range of research of an historical and theoretical nature is being undertaken with the collaboration of people from various areas. Such research consists of investigating the origins of discrimination and suffering experienced by the poor and by the Buraku during the Middle Ages; the liberation movement, discrimination policies and the system for the poor during the Modern Ages; and, harmony in the workplace and the history of the liberation movement in present times.
Research of an applied nature tackles the analysis of the actual conditions of Buraku from the city and country; the current state of buraku industry and its problems; perceptions towards Buraku issues; the reexamination of education on liberation and enlightenment; and the mass media and race. Through our multi-angled researches, we aim to grasp the current state of Buraku discrimination and suffering, as well as to discover the way toward overcoming such discrimination.
|Ryushi Uchida||Faculty of Sociology||Sociology||Secretary|
|Tomohiro Takaku||Faculty of Letters||History of the End of the Tokugawa Shogunate
|Ken Wakatsuki||Faculty of Letters||Citizenship Education|
|Kosuke Okamoto||Commissioned researcher||Social Welfare|
|Tomohiro Yoshimura||Commissioned researcher||History of Modern City Lower Societies
Ideal and History of Cartography
Study of Museum Representations
|Mihiro Sawai||Adjunct member||Sociology of education|
Ethnicity and race research group
Research Topics (2022.4.1～2024.3.31)
- A Studies on Immigrants, Refugees, and Multicultural Coexistence
- B Studies on the Assimilation of and the Discrimination against Minorities
- C Studies on Multilingualism
- D Studies on Poverty and the Homeless in Several Countries
- E Comparative Studies of History Textbooks from Several Countries
- F Studies on Koreans Residing in Japan: Past and Present
Japanese society nowadays faces cultural divergence with increasing foreign residents, while local governments and schools are struggling to take action. In the modern world, violations of human rights of refugees are hot issues. Considering these situations, this committee tries to study, through empirical research on the issues in Japan and other countries, the educational measures which make possible coexistence of ethnic minorities and host societies.
Textbooks used in formal education at school can, under certain circumstances, cause international friction between the countries concerned because they reflect each nation's unique perspective with regard to history, race, ethnicity, and other social conventions. This committee studies educational methods and the ways of textbook compilation appropriate to international understanding in the 21st century, with emphasis on textbook comparisons in Europe, Japan, China, and North and South Korea.
This committee also looks at various issues resulting from encounter between peoples from different ethnic backgrounds, such as those between Koreans and Japanese in Japan, and the minority, immigration, assimilation and discrimination problems encountered throughout the world, including those of poverty and homelessness.
|Yuko Yamanouchi||Faculty of Letters||Educational Anthropology||Secretary|
|Hiroko Sato||Faculty of Letters||German Culture|
|Yotaro Miyamoto||Faculty of Letters||Comparative Religion||Director|
|Adriana Rico-Yokoyama||Faculty of Letters||Discourse analysis in the fields of French literature and media|
|Kay Aoki||Faculty of Letters||Cultural Anthropology|
|Takeshi Kumano||Faculty of Sociology||Cultural Anthropology Philippine Studies|
|Ko Myung-gyun||Faculty of Foreign Language Studies||Korean Language|
|Haruko Uchida||Commissioned member||Southeast Asian Area Studies, Migrants and Human Rights|
|Kenji Murashima||Commissioned member||Sociology、Taiwan Studies|
Disability study group
Research Topics (2022.4.1～2024.3.31)
- A Rights and anti-discrimination regulations for people with disabilities and elderly people.
- B Advocacy and supports for people with disabilities and elderly people.
- C Community life and supports for people with disabilities and elderly people.
- D Social inclusion and employment of people with disabilities and elderly people.
- E Sports and culture of people with disabilities and elderly people.
- F Inclusive education
- G Barrier free and universal design
- H Care work and carers
- I intersectional discrimination
- J Child Abuse Prevention,Counseling and Support
We research a variety of issues on the rights and social services for people with disabilities. Researches are conducted on both theoretical and practical aspects: housing planning for disabled people (including the elderly), treatment and educational support for children with disabilities, social inclusion of people with disabilities, social education about disability issues, disability and gender issue, disability anti-discrimination regulations. Research team includes researchers with disabilities, creating an active atmosphere for research and discussion.
|Masashi Kushizaki||Faculty of Letters||Clinical Psychology||Secretary|
|Yoko Kado||Faculty of Letters||Psychology of Children with Disabilities|
|Atsushi Tsuchiya||Faculty of Sociology||Rights and welfare of children and people with disabilities|
|Noriyuki Asano||Faculty of Policy Studies||Social Science, Law, Asian Law|
|Naoki Yamazaki||Faculty of Foreign Language Studies||Language Pedagogy, Teaching Chinese as a Second Language|
|Yoshihiro Kametani||Faculty of Environmental and Urban Engineering||Architecural Design and Planning|
|Yumi Kitamura||Major of Professional Clinical Psychology||Clinical Psychology|
|Park Koo Kang||Commissioned researcher||Policy for People with Disabilities|
|Megumi Matsunami||Commissioned researcher||Educational Sociology|
|Jun Koh||Adjunct researcher||Psychiatry, Psychiatric Genetics, Gender Studies|
Gender studies research group
Research Topics (2022.4.1～2024.3.31)
- A Survey on gender equality among university students
- B Sexuality and human rights
- C Research on intimate partner violence
- D Research on memory and recognition of war from the perspective of gender and nationalism
- E Gender and Sexuality in the Media
The Gender Studies Group focuses on human rights issues relating to gender and sexuality, using both theoretical and practical approaches. While members perform individual research based on their specialties, the group conducts qualitative and quantitative research on gender equality, sexuality, violence by intimate partners and war memories.
|Satoko Itani||Faculty of Letters||Physical Cultural Studies, Gender and Sexuality Studies, Postcolonial Theories, Queer Theories||Secretary|
|Futoshi Taga||Faculty of Letters||Educational Sociology, Masculinity Research|
|Chie Sakai||Faculty of Sociology||Sociology|
|Naoko Mori||Faculty of Sociology||Sociology|
|Keiko Nakama||Commissioned researcher||Modern History of Okinawa|
|Chikako Miyamae||Commissioned researcher||Japanese Modern History,Women's History|
|Lily Miyata||Adjunct researcher||Educational Sociology,Gender and Sexuality Studies|
|Akiko Hori||Adjunct researcher||Gender and Sexuality Studies,Visual Culture|
|Itsuki Dohi||Adjunct researcher||Educational Sociology,Gender Studies|