Curriculum Vitae





I am a professor in the School of Law at Tohoku University in Japan. My research interests are in the field of comparative politics, especially issues related to parliamentary democracies. I am particularly interested in political parties and the behavior of legislators in parliamentary democracies.

I received my Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Michigan in 2010. Before joining the faculty at Tohoku University, I served as an assistant professor in the Graduate School of International Relations at the International University of Japan (IUJ). Niigata, where IUJ is located, is famous for its Ski resorts as well as its rice and Sake (rice wine) production, and the entire campus of IUJ is covered by more than 40 inches of snow in winter. Despite the long winter and heavy snowfall, I enjoyed life in Niigata.


Tohoku University is located at the northeast of Japan, and its main campus is in Sendai city, the largest city in the Tohoku region. The city has a long history; it is a castle town and was first established by a very famous warrior (samurai), Date Masamune, in 1600. Indeed, my office building stands on the site of his castle and I enjoy the view of Aobayama, a mountain fortress where his main residence was located.