Dr. Takashi Inoguchi | Eminent Scholar Professor of Political Science, Professor Emeritus | J.F. Oberlin University Tokyo, University of Tokyo

Takashi InoguchiDr. Takashi Inoguchi currently excels as an eminent scholar-professor at the Institute of Asian Cultures at J.F. Oberlin University in Tokyo, Japan, a role he commenced in 2017. He brings to this position more than four decades of experience in academics, specializing in Japanese politics and foreign relations. Before this appointment, he was named professor emeritus at the University of Tokyo in 2005. He also served as the chancellor and president of the University Niigata Prefecture from 2009 to 2017. Furthermore, he taught as a professor at Chuo University from 2005 to 2009, the University of Tokyo from 1988 to 2005, and provided his skills and expertise as the senior vice lector at United Nations University from 1995 to 1997. In the earlier years of his career, he was an associate professor of political science at the University of Tokyo and an associate professor at Sophia University between 1974 and 1988.

A prolific writer, Dr. Inoguchi has published about 150 books, of which 110 are in Japanese and 40 in English, on such subjects concerning Japanese politics and foreign policy, East Asian international relations, Asian comparative politics, Quality of life in Asia, evidence-based typology of Asian societies, transnationalism as manifested in the form of multilateral treaties and in other forms. Among his many publications, he has authored,  “Japanese Politics in Comparative Perspective” and “Japan International Relations at the Crossroads.” 

Throughout his career, Dr. Inoguchi has provided his expertise to public and private sector panels, including the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization International Committee of Peace Research, the Japanese Science Council and the Japanese Government Legislative Council.

To remain abreast of his industry, Dr. Inoguchi maintains professional membership with the Science Council Japan, International Studies Association, American Political Science Association, International Political Science Association, Japanese Political Science Association and Japan Association of Public Policy Studies. He is also a member of the Japanese Association of International Relations and Asian Consortium for Political Research, of which he has previously served as president to both organizations. Dr. Inoguchi matriculated at the University of Tokyo, earning a Bachelor of Arts in 1966 and a Master of Arts in 1968, as well as a Doctor of Philosophy from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1974.

Recognized for his work in East Asian regional political science, Dr. Inoguchi has been presented with accolades such as the International Communications Fund Award for Research Excellence, a Suntory Academic Award, a Japanese Public Policy Association Award, and several book awards, among many others. 

He is also the namesake of the International Society for Quality of Life Studies Takashi Inoguchi Endowed Track on Quality of Life and Well-Being in East Asia and an honorary member of the Japan Society for Behavior Metrics. In the coming years, Dr. Inoguchi looks forward to continuing his work in collaborative regional quality of life surveys of Europe and Asia, along with additional publishing.

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