The Japanese Studies Centre (JSC) community said goodbye to Professor Takamichi ‘Tam' Mito (Kwansei Gakuin University), who has been a visiting scholar at the JSC over the last year with a seminar on 21 March, 2018.
Professor Mito is a former member of staff at Monash, and it was great to have him on campus during the past year. He gave a paper entitled “Ideas, Interests and Institutions: Why is gender equality difficult to achieve in Japan?”
In it, Professor Mito analysed the major factors which determine the current state of affairs related to gender equality in Japan, focusing on the formation of three I’s: Ideas, Interests and Institutions as related to this issue. He also considered policy recommendations at the individual, community and national levels.In contemporary Japan, as in many other democratic countries like Australia, fundamental human rights, individual freedoms and liberty, and equality before law including gender equality, are taken for granted and form the core of fundamental ideas.
Takamichi Mito, MIA, PhD., is a Professor of Comparative Political Economy, Foreign Policy Analysis and Interdisciplinary Global Studies, School and Graduate School of Law and Politics; Professor-at-large in Canadian Studies; and Associate Dean, Center for International Education and Cooperation (CIEC), Kwansei Gakuin University (KGU). Since 2011, he directs the Cross-Cultural College comprising of KGU, Mt. Alison University, Queen’s University and University of Toronto, Canada. He also has experience at leading institutions including Cambridge, Harvard, Kyushu, London (SOAS), Lund, Monash, Queen’s, Toronto and Waseda Universities, the Chinese University of Hong Kong and the University of South Australia. His latest publications include: “Nihon no gunjiryoku, heiwa ryoku, shiminryoku to higashi ajia niokeru heiwa kochiku (Japan’s Military Power, Peace-Building Power and Citizens’ Power and Peace Building in East Asia)” Toshimitsu Yamamoto (ed.), Higashi Ajiano Heiwato Tagenshugitekina Shukyo, NGO, Shimin Shakaino Yakuwari (The Role of Religious Pluralism, NGOs, and Civic Society in Peace-Building in East Asia), Kwansei Gakuin University Press, 2017 and “Energy Security and Institutions in Asia,” in Saadia M. Pekkanen (ed.), Asian Designs: Global Governance and the World Order, co-authored with Purnendra Jain (Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2016).Currently, he is working on “Japanese University Reform,” which will be published as a book chapter in the tentatively titled Handbook of Contemporary Japan (tentative title). He is also working on a research project on quality service in cross-cultural settings at the Australian Centre for Asian Business, University of South Australia where he is a Senior Advisor.