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Field of Research

Development Studies, Local Development Indicators, Process Evaluation, Action Research

Research Interest

Human Development and Capability Approach, Endogenous Local Development and People's Empowerment -- Theory and Action

Keywords

Human Development, Endogenous Development, Comprehensive Well-being Indicators, Action Research, Process Evaluation, Capability Approach, Neighborhood Studies

Membership of Professional Associations

International Association for Community Development, Human Development and Capabilities Association, International Society for Quality-of-Life Studies, Community Indicators Consortium, Japan Association for Evolutionary Economics

Research Project

  1. Research on HDI for developed countries
  2. Research on life satisfaction survey and local-based life indicator
  3. Action research on process evaluation and Jimotogaku (Neighborhood Study Method)
  4. Research and development on community dock method and life-process process eveluation method
  5. Empirical Studies on Capability Approach
  6. Research on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

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Publications and Presentations

Academic Publications

2015
“A framework for well-being society by a sustainable caring local community development (in Japanese),” Social Movements, vol. 420, 176-187.
2015
Changer de modèle de développement: une responsabilite collective autour de la vraie richesse d’une sagesse pratique,” TOUS RESPONSABLES? Chroniques de la gouvernance 2015, Éditions Charles Léopold Mayer: Paris, pp.171-178.
2014
"The Potential for Community-Based Action Research for Area Studies: A Process Evaluation Method for the Improvement of Community Life" Psychologia, Vol. 57 No. 4, 275-294. (co-author with Takumi Miyamoto)
2014
The Effectiveness of the Process Evaluation Method for the Improvement of Community Life for Post-Disaster Reconstruction in Kawaguchi-Kizawa, Niigata, Japan, Journal of Disaster Recovery and Revitalization, No.6: 22-31. (co-author with Takumi Miyamoto)
2013
Local environment and development studies for co-existence, Kokoro No Mirai, vol. 11, 30-33.
2013
Challenge of the 21st Century Hyogo Long Vision and Hyogo Well-being Index, Kankyo Kenkyu, vol. 172. 121-133. (co-author with Shinsaku Hirata)
 
2013
Re-examination of "Affluence": Need for Phronesis Interconnecting "Well-being - Justice - Environment", Kankyo Kenkyu , vol. 169. 5-14.
2013
“A discrete approach to study the distribution-free downward biases of Gini coefficient and the methods of correction in cases of small observations,” with Amlan Majumder, Society for the Study of Economic Inequality (ECINEQ) Working Paper The Indian Economic Journal, No. 298, August 2013. (co-author with Amlan Majumder)
2012
"A Note on Methodology of Treating Income in Human Development Index," The Indian Economic Journal, Vol. 60 No. 2, 57-72. (co-author with Amlan Majumder)
2012
Local livelihood process evaluation method: a case of Kizawa, Kawagichi, Nagaoka, Niigata, Kansai University Sociology Journal, Vol. 43 No. 2, 33-60. (co-author with Takumi Miyamoto)
 
2012
Community dock, Shinkakeizaigaku ronshu , No. 16, 505-528. (co-author with Makoto Nishibe).
 
2012
Learning from Minamata: Creating High-Level Well-Being in Local Communities in Japan,in David Bollier and Silke Helfrich (ed). The Wealth of the Commons: A world beyond market & state, Levellers Press.pp.243-248.
2012
Von Minamata lernen. Gut leben in lokalen Gemeinschaften,David Bollier and Silke Helfrich (ed). Commons: Für eine neue Politik jenseits von Markt und Staat , Transcript-Verlag.pp.302-308.
2011
GNH Let work together for a happiness society, with Junko Edahiro and Shunnichi Hirayama,Kaizosya
 
2011
A Sustainable Well-Being Initiative: Social Divisions and the Recovery Process in Minamata, Japan, Sirgy, J. (ed). Community Quality-of-Life Indicators: Best Cases V, Springer.pp.97-111.
2011
“A Perspective for Creating Local Communities Promoting People’s Happiness,” Dharma World, January-March 2011, 7-10.
2010
“The Takayoshi Currency,” in Bormans, L. (ed.) The World Book of Happiness, Page One, Singapore, pp.168-169.
2009
“Process Evaluation,”ESD Journey of HOPE, Asia/Pacific Cultural Centre for UNESCO (ACCU): Tokyo. pp.88-95
2008
“Japan’s Development: what economic growth, human development and subjective well-being measures tell us about?" Thammasat Economics Journal, vol.26(2) pp.88-116.pdf(PDF)
2007
Gross National Happiness and Material Welfare in Bhutan and Japan, with Tashi Choden, and Kokoro Shirai, The Centre for Bhutan Studies, Thimpu, Bhutan. 1-220.pdf(PDF)
2007
"Women's Empowerment through Workers Collectives and Cooperatives in Japan: Sapporo Women's Workers Collectives Case Study, " in Gender Agenda: Asia-Europe Dialogue 3: Economic Empowerment for Gender Equality , Singapore: Asia-Europe Foundation, pp.47-75.
2007
"Rethinking of Economic Growth and Life Satisfaction in Post-Wwii Japan - A Fresh Approach" Social Indicators Research, vol81(1),pp.79-102.
2007
"Action Research" in Junji Koizumi and Kokichi Shimizu (eds.) Advancements in Practical Research- The reality of human sciences, Yuhikaku, Tokyo, 251-266. (in Japanese)
2005
"Evaluating Growth in Japan" Acting Asian: Contradictions in a Globalizing World,17-32.
2005
"Post-Conflict Pro-Poor Private Sector Development: The Case of Timor-Leste" Development In Practice, vol 15 (3&4), pp.502-513.pdf(PDF)
2005
"A study on people's perceptions over their livelihood in Tomamae-town, Hokkaido before the introduction of community currency, " Chapter 2 in the final report on the first experiment of community currencey in Tomamae-town, Hokkaido, Japan, Hokkaido University and Osaka University and Tomamae-town.
2004
"PARIS 21", "Free Trade Zones", "MDGs (Millennium Development Goals)" in Forsyth, T. (ed) Encyclopedia of International Development, Routledge, London and New York.

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2003
"Employment generation strategies for poverty reduction" in Keith Griffin (ed.) Poverty Reduction in Mongolia, Asia Pacific Press, ANU, Canberra.
2003
"Pro-poor Private Economic Activities Development" in a report of Strategy for Timor Leste on Employment and Poverty, Dili, Timor Leste.
2002
"Regional Disparity in Accessbility to Non-Farm Economic Involvement Among Rural Indonesian Households " ASEAN Economic Bulletin, vol 19 (3) pp.290-301.
2002
"Kokuren no hinkon sakugen taisaku to shougaisya mondai heno torikumi" (UN's Poverty Alleviation Approaches and Disability Issues ). Rihabiri Kenkyu (in Japanese), vol 112 pp.16-22.
2002
Findings of the Evaluation of the ILO/JAPAN Expansion for Employment Opportunities for Women in Indonesia. Report, ILO/JAPAN Multi-Bi regional project for expansion for employment opportunities for Women, Bangkok, Thailand
2001
Rapid social assessment of a maternal and children's handbook project in West Sumatra, Indonesia. Report for a UNDP-JICA joint assessment work, Jakarta, Indonesia
2001
"Employment Generation Strategies for Poverty Reduction" in a report of A strategy for poverty reduction in Mongolia, Keith Griffin (ed). Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
2001
"Preference Heterogeneity, Power, and Intrahousehold Decision-Making in Rural Malaysia" A joint paper with Professor Bradford Barham. World Development, vol.29 (7) pp.1237-1256.
2001
"World Bank and Social Capital" Report on Multilateral Development Banks (MDBs), Ministry of Finance, Japan. (in Japanese)
2000
"Mauritian Women's Labor Market in Transition under a Globalized Economy" Journal of Asian Women's Studies, vol.8, pp91-106.
2000
"Mauritious no yushutu kougyouka seisaku to jyosei roudou sijyou no henyou" Asia Jyosei Kenkyu, vol.9, 81-91.
2000
"Why did rural households permit their daughters to be urban factory workers?: a case from rural Malay villages" Labour and Management in Development, vol 1.
2000
"Changes in labor market conditions in the state of Penang in Malaysia: a case of manufacturing sector after the financil crisis" Journal of International Studies, Meijigakuin University, Vol. 3, pp.115-125.
2000
Impacts of Asian Currency Crisis on Human Resources Management among manufacturers in Penang, Malaysia. A research report submitted to The International Centre for the Study of East Asian Development (ICSEAD), Kitakyushu, Japan (in Japanese).

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2000
"Child Labor" and "Street Children" in Ohtsu and Murakami (ed.) Kokusai Rikai Jyuyou Yogo 300 no Kisochishiki (in Japanese), Meiji Tosho, Tokyo, Japan.
1999
"Individual Aspiration or Family Survival: Rural-Urban Female Migration in Malaysia" Asian and Pacific Migration Journal, vol.7, no.4. pp.483-523.
1998
"Export Processing Zones: A Review in Need of Update" Discussion Paper No.9802, Human Development Network Social Protection, World Bank, Washington DC, USA.
1996
Female Migration to Export Processing Zones in Malaysia: The Role of Preference Heterogeneity and Intra-Household Power Relations in Family Decision-Making, Unpublished Ph.D. dissertation, Development Studies, University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA.
1993
Research on Participatory Development Toward Poverty Alleviation in Developing Countries. Report to submitted to the Foundation for Advanced Studies on International Development, Tokyo, Japan (in Japanese).
1991
"Key features of Japanese Economic Cooperation I and II" International Development Journal (in Japanese), vol. 410 (pp. 142-143) and vol. 411 (pp. 156-157)
1991
Kaihatsu no Puro Yousei eno Sougou Senryaku. ECFA Development Institute Monograph Series No.91-2. Tokyo, Japan (in Japanese).
1989
Sipansihaporas Hydroelectric Power Development Project: Feasibility Study. Report submitted to the Government of Indonesia and Japan International Cooperation Agency, Tokyo, Japan.
1990
Kaihatsu wo Kangaeru, Keiyu, the Faculty of Economics, the University of Tokyo (in Japanese).
1986
Rural-Urban Migration, Urbanization and Development: The Case of India. BA thesis submitted to the Faculty of Economics, the University of Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan (in Japanese).

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Conference/Seminar Presentations/Chairs

2015
“Importance of "a multifaceted social lens" facing with health hazards issues: social divisions and community restoration of Minamata, Japan,” Occupational and Environmental Health (OEH) Seminars, School of Population and Public Health, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada.
2015
“A story of Minamata’s revitalization: a shift from industrial pollution and social divisions to environmental model city,” Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability (IRES) Seminar Series, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada.
2015
“Evolutionary Path of the Hyogo Vision Project and the Hyogo Well-Being Index in Japan,” The 13th ISQOLS Conference, Phoenix, USA.
2015
“Learning from sustainable local livelihood of Minamata” Minamata Forum in Kyoto, City Office of Minamata, Kyoto, Japan.
2015
“Creating a sustainable local society: a case of local revitalization and innovation in Minamata,” The role of society in innovation and creativity, CNRS – EHESS/Fondation France Japon-JST/RISTEX Joint Workshop, Paris, France.
2015
“Stakeholders’ collaboration as a key element for sustainable future: Potential role of SSH in trans-disciplinary research,” The Role of Social sciences and Humanities (SSH) in Trans-disciplinary Research, RISTEX, JST, UNU, Tokyo, Japan.
2014
“Action research for local government initiatives on well-being society,” Industry Seminar, Institute of Economic and Political Studies, Osaka, Japan.
2014
“Diversity in Happiness,” 30th Anniversary Symposium Series for the International Institute for Advanced Studies (IIAS), Osaka, Japan.
2014
“Local initiatives for improvement of people’s well-beings in Japan: Can local governments collaborate with local people?,” International workshop Improving the people’s lot? Different conceptions of well-being between promises and reality, German Institute for Japanese Studies (DIJ), Tokyo, Japan.
2014
“Can we translate GNH concept into practice? ~Local challenges for the enhancement of people’s well-beings in Japan~,” Third CREATIVE UNIVERSITY Conference CREATIVE ECONOMY, CREATIVE UNIVERSITY AND CREATIVE DEVELOPMENT, Thimphu, Bhutan.
2014
“Potentials of Action Research for Supporting Community Recovery Process from Earthquake : a case of Kizawa village, Niigata, Japan,” with T. Miyamoto, Third CREATIVE UNIVERSITY Conference CREATIVE ECONOMY, CREATIVE UNIVERSITY AND CREATIVE DEVELOPMENT, Thimphu, Bhutan.
2013
“Symposium of Promoting the Study of Sustainable Humanoshpere in Southeast Asia,” Kyoto University.
2013
“Community dock: a new policy approach for altering institutions.” with M. Nishibe, 2nd International Conference on Complementary Currency Systems (CCS), ISS, Hague, Netherland.
2012 .
“What is sustainable development?,” Workshop on sustainability and well- being, Kyoto University, Kyoto.
2012
“Bhutan’s GNH: Theory and Practice,” Annual Meeting of the Association of Behavioral Economics and Finance, Aoyama Gakuin University, Tokyo
2012 .
“Changing and Unchangeable Bhutan,” 1st Symposium of the Japan- Bhutan Friendship Association, JICA Research Institute, Tokyo.
2012
“Recovery from disaster and people’s happiness,” Disaster recovery institute open seminar 2012, Kwansei Gakuin University, Tokyo.
2012
“Community Dock: Its Idea and Case Studies of Community Currency,” with Makoto Nishibe, Open Workshop: Economic Policy Theory based on Institutional Ecological Approach, Hokkaido University
2012
“Bhutan’s GNH and its application in Japan,” IHJ lecture series, International House of Japan, Tokyo.
2011
Concluding Symposium of the Global COE Program: Revitalizing Education for Dynamic Hearts and Minds, GCOE, Kyoto University
2011
“Some issues in use of social relations for well-being assessment ,” Session 3b: Social Relations, Asia-Pacific Conference on Measuring Well-Being and Fostering the Progress of Societies, Tokyo.
2011
“Local Development Vision Project and People’s Life Evaluation in Hyogo” Symposium on Happiness – Does Culture Matter, German Institute for Japanese Studies and Japanese-German Center Studies, Berlin.
2011
“Quality of life and societal behaviour 3b: social relations:Some issues in the use of social relations for well-being assessent.” Asia-Pacific Conference on Measuring Well-being and Fostering the Progress of Societies, GRIPS, Tokyo, Japan.
2011
"Creating High Well-being Local Communities : Learning from Moyainaoshi and Jimotogaku in Minamata
Japan." Yonsei University.
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2010
Invited talk “Exploration of subjective well-beings: does people’s life assessment matter?” Panel 3: Happiness Research and Implications: Global Perspectives. The 10th ISQOLS, Bangkok, Thailand.
December 2010.
2010
Invited presentation “Moyainaoshi and Jimotogaku in Minamata,” 2010 East Asia Peace Forum East Asia 2050: Beyond the State
Seoul, Korea.
November 2010.
2010
Invited presentation “Creating Vibrant Communities using Neighborhood Study Method (JIMOTOGAKU),” Social well-being: grassroots sustainability as urban solution for local government, Department of Sociology, Milan-Bicocca, Italy.
October 2010.
2010
Invited presentation “The Neighborhood Study Method and the Minamata Experience,” Civil Society Engagement: concrete proposals for Social, Economic, and Environmental Sustainability, Mezzago, Italy.
October 2010.
2010
Invited presentation “Alternative to GDP: Well-beings and Human Development in Japan,” Commission of Europe, Promoting Social Cohesion at the European Level: Concepts and Indicators at the Service of Action, Charleroi, Belgium.
October 2010.
2010
“Beyond the index of GDP in HDI: New measures of economic power of nations," HDCA 2010, Amman, Jordan.Majumder, A. and T. Kusago. September 2010.
2010
Presentation “Neighborhood Study Method (JIMOTOGAKU): A Community Empowerment Tool in Minamata, Japan, IACD and CDS joint conference, New Orleans, USA.
July 2010.
2010
Invited talk “Is Subjective Well-being Important? Japan’s Development Path and Bhutan’s GNH” Action Aid Nepal, Kathmandu, Nepal.
March 2010.
2010
Presentation “Assessment of Local Development through HDI and Subjective Well Being for Public Policy,” Twenty Years of Human Development: the past and the future of the Human Development Index Session 3 – Local Human Development, Cambridge University, UK.
January 2010.

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2009
Invited presentation “Change for Happiness and Hope in Japan: Practice toward the Post GDP-driven Society,” Plenary Panel on GNH in Personal Life, 5th International Conference on GNH, Brazil.
November 2009.
2009
Invited presentation "National Development and People’s Well-being: Needs for New Initiatives for Community Development.” Session 1: Rationality and Beauty of the Community in Globalization Times and Environmental Crises, National Seminar on Between Action and Policies: The Education for the Sustainable Development in Communities by UNESCO Brazil, Brazil.
September 2009.
2009
Invited presentation "Process-oriented Evaluation: Support for Sustainable Development through People’s Participation and Empowerment." Session 2: Panel Discussion 2, Asia-Pacific Forum for ESD Educators and Facilitators. Asia/Pacific Cultural Centre for UNESCO, Tokyo, Japan.
August 2009.
2009
Presentation "Sustainable Well-being Initiative: Social Divisions and Recovery Process in Minamata, Japan." TN 30-33 (I) Community Well-being (Sustainability), IX ISQOLS CONFERENCE. Italy.
July 2009.
2009
Presentation “TVET and Secondary School Education in Nepal through a Case Study in Makwanpur.” Workshop on TVET in Nepal, Swiss Development Corporation, Nepal.
Kusago, T. and K. Phuyal.February 2009.
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2008
Presentation “Sustainable Livelihood and Happiness Generation in Minamata-City, Japan: A Model for Endogenous Community Development.” Session 6: Sociology of Development, the 4th GNH International Conference, Centre for Bhutan Studies, Bhutan.
November 2008.
2008
Invited presentation “TVET and Secondary Schooling in Nepal: Findings from a Case Study in Hetauda.” Session 2: Different Pathways. UNESCO-Nagoya University Secondary Education Regional Policy Seminar, Nagoya University.
November 2008.
2008
Invited presentation “Well-beings in Japan: Challenge and Practice. Workshop 1: Well-being and Well-being for All: What Differences and Which Indicators?” Seminar on Involving Citizens/Communities in Measuring and Fostering Well-being and Progress Towards New Concepts and Tools, Council of Europe, France.
Kusago, T. and K. Kiya, November 2008.

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2008
Invited presentation “Social Change Through Women’s Empowerment: A Case of Workers’Collectives in Japan.” Dialogue Between Cultures from Asia 2008, Cordoba Conference Centre, Spain.
October 2008.
2008
Invited presentation “Gender Lens for Well-being Enhancement in Japan. Roundtable on Gender Equality in Asia: Lessons and Good Practices,” East-West Dialogue 2008, New Actors, New Dynamics 5th edition, Spain.
October 2008.
2008
Invited presentation “Human Development Index for Developed Countries: Needs and Challenges.” Session 2: Exploring the Possible Paradigm Shift on Global Societal Developments, PARADISO International Workshop, European Commission, Belgium.
June 2008.
2008
Presentation, "Experience of Minamata: Community Revitalization and Environmental Restoration," the 4th JF Fellow Seminar 2008, Chulalongkorn University,
15 February 2008.
2008
Paneslist, an International synmposium on “Human Security and the Future of International Public Policy”, OSIPP, Osaka University,
11 February 2008.
2007
Panelist, Panel Discussion on, International Hope Studies Conferenrce in Japan, The Insitutite of Social Sciences, University of Tokyo, International House of Japan, Tokyo,18 December 2007.
2007
Panelist, Plenary Panel Discussion on "Global Standards, Local Diversity. Are alternative indexes turning the world upside down?", The 3rd International Conferenrce on Gross National Happiness, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand.,
28 November 2007.
2007
Presentation on "What different measures can tell us about "Local development" in Japan?", Session III-1. Alternative Wellbeing Indexes, The 3rd International Conferenrce on Gross National Happiness, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand.,
27 November 2007

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2007
Chair and Moderator, Plenary Session on "His Majesty's Philosophy of Sufficiency Economy in Research for Sustainable Development, " at the 2nd Thai-Japanese Students' Academic Exchange Meeting, Osaka University, Japan,
2 November 2007.
2007
Invited Talk and Presentation on "Economic growth and life satisfaction in Japan: what one can learn from the Japanese experience? " Session C : Humanities and Social Science at the 2nd Thai-Japanese Students' Academic Exchange Meeting, Osaka University, Japan,
2 November 2007.
2007
Presentation, "Satisfaction and Happiness of Persons with Disabilities (PWDs): A livelihood study of PWDs in a rural village in Viet Nam (co-author: Nguyen Van Chinh)," HDCA 2007, New School, New York, USA,
20 September 2007.
2007
Presentation “Whither Nepalese Education and Skill Development: Education, Skills and Sustainable Growth,” Session 8: National Policies and Practices for Education, Skills and Sustainable Growth: Asia, UKFIET, Oxford University, UK.
Kusago,T. and K. Phuyal, 13 September 2007.
2007
Keynote Speech, "Plenary Session on Happiness and Public Policy." International Conference on Happiness and Public Policy, UNCC, Bangkok, Thailand.
17 July 2007.
2007
Presentation “Measuring Economic Empowerment of Women: A Case of the Sapporo Women’s Workers Collectives in Japan.” Session 6G: Applying Feminist Analysis, 16th Annual IAFFE Conference on Feminist Economics, Ramkhamhaeng University, Bangkok, Thailand.
29 June-1 July 2007.
2007
Presentation “Gross National Happiness and Material Welfare in Bhutan and Japan,” International Seminar on the CBS-Osaka University joint project on GNH, Centre for Bhutan Studies, Thimpu, Bhutan.
Kusago, T. (with Choden, T and K. Shirai), 5 June 2007.
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2006
Presentation on Cultivating an environment for self-diagnosis, prescription, and empowerment evaluation: "community-dock" as a tool for building micro-macro linkage, Applying the Principles of Empowerment Evaluation to Improve Health and Build Community: Demonstrating Effectiveness From Planning to Results, AEA Meeting 2006, Portland, Oregon,
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2006
Presentation on Social Assessment of Community Currency Experimental Project in Tomamae-town, Hokkaido, a special lecture, Centre for Program Evaluation, Department of Education, Unversity of Melbourne, Melbourne, Australia (July)
2006
Presentation on Development of mixed (qualitative and quantitative) methods for measuring economic empowerment of women in Japan , Session 2G: The Place of Mixed Methods, 7th International Interdisciplinary Conference, The International Institute for Qualitative Methodology (IIQM), Gold Coast, Australia (July)
2006
Presentation on Economic Growth and Life Satisfaction in Post-war Japan. Panel Session 27: Happiness and Development: Making the Link? 2006 The Canadian Association for the Study of International Development (CASID) conference, York University, Toronto, Canada (June)
2006
Presentation on Economic empowerment and social progress: a case of Japanese women's workers collectives. Reassessing Civil Society, the State and Social Capital, University of Bergen, Ullensvang Fjordhotell, Lofthus, Hardanger, Norway. (May)
2006
Commentator, 1st workshop on Human Security, Osaka University, 27 Feb 2006, Osaka.
2005
Presentation on Case study of a new interdisciplinary Evaluation method for Health Projects, with Nakasa, T, Nakamura, Y, Kusago, T., Ikeda, M., Amanuma, N., Kurasawa, A. at 6th Annual Conference of the Japan Evaluation Society, Hiroshima University, December 10-11, 2005.
2005
Speaker in the first lenary session, "Poverty, Population & Health," Sixth Annual Population Research Conference, Linkages Between Population and Millennium Development Goals: The Asian Perspective, Islamabad, PAKISTAN, 29 November to 1 December 2005.
2005
Presentation on Health Development Perspectives in Southeast Asia under the Era of MDGs, Health and MDGs session, Sixth Annual Population Research Conference, Linkages Between Population and Millennium Development Goals: The Asian Perspective, Islamabad, PAKISTAN, 29 November to 1 December 2005.

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2005
Presentation on Economic Growth & Life Satisfaction: Japan at the Special Seminar, New Frontiers of Development, School of Environmental Design and Rural Development, University of Guelph, CANADA, 1 November 2005.
2005
Presentation on Testing a New Interdisciplinary Evaluation Method: A Case of the Maternal and Child Health handbook Project in Central Java, Indonesia, Session #825, Improving Health Care Quality in in-Patient and Out-Patient Settings Evaluating maternal-Child Health Programs, 2005 Joint CES/AEA Conference, Toronto, CANADA, 29 October 2005.
2005
Chair, Session #308, Experiences and Challenges in Mixed-Method Participatory Evalaution, 2005 Joint CES/AEA Conference, Toronto, CANADA, on, 27 October 2005.
2005
Presentation on A dialogue with a Bhutanese friend: thinking of gross national happiness and economic growth, International Synposium on Bhutan and Gross National Happiness, MOFA, Tokyo, JAPAN, 5 October 2005.
2005
Presentation on Rethinking Quality of Economic Growth with People's Life Satisfaction in Post-WWII Japan at the International Convention of Asia Scholars 4, Shanghai, China, 23 August 2005.
2005
Presentation on Women's Empowerment through Workers Collectives and Cooperatives in Japan at the International Convention of Asia Scholars 4, Shanghai, China, 21 August 2005.
2005
Discussant for an international symposium on Migrant Workers, Human Rights & Media: Comparison across Asia. Korea Research & Consulting Institute on Poverty, Seoul, Korea, 1 july 2005.
2005
Presemtation on Quality of Economic Growth at the International Conferenrce on Capabilities and Happiness, the University of Milano-Bicocca, Italy, 18 June 2005.

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2004
Presentation on "Questioning Quality of Growth in Japan" Asia Leadership Fellow Program (ALFP) Public Synposium, Tokyo, Japan.
2004
Presentation on "Can Milllenium Development Goals Boost Heath Development in Southeast Asia?" COE seminar on Social Development in Asia at Waseda University, Tokyo, Japan.
2004
Presentation on "Female Migration and Industrial Development in Malaysia" Asia Leadership Fellow Program (ALFP) Gotemba-seminar, Gotemba, Shizuoka, Japan.
2004
Presentation on "Can we utilize microfinance as an effective instrument for post-conflict economic recovery? " Remittances Microfinance Technology Workshop, School of Economics, University of Queensland and the Foundation for Development Cooperation, Brisbane, Australia.
2004
Presentation on "An Update on Health and MDGs in Asia." Panel: Health and Development: New and Old Issues and Challenges. Sixth ASEAN Inter-University Seminars on Social Development, Universiti Sains Malaysia, Penang, Malaysia.
2004
Presentation on "What's MDGs? Review and Prospects." Multidisciplinary International Collaboration Seminar, Research Center for Civil Society, Osaka University, Osaka.
2003
Presentation on "MDGRs - Characteristics and Structure of Reports." At the Pacific Regional Workshop on Millennium Development Goals. Fiji: Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat/UNDP/ADB.
2002
Discussant for a session on "Policies on International Migration" at the Conference on International Migration in Southeast Asia: Challenges and Impacts (organizaed by Institute of Southeast Asian Studies), Singapore.

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2002
Presentation on "Findings of the Evaluation of the ILO/JAPAN Expansion for Employment Opportunities for Women in Indonesia." At the Wrap-Up Meeting on ILO/JAPAN Regional Project on EEOW, Indonesia Country Chapter, Jakarta, Indonesia
2001
Presentation on "Employment creation and private sector." At the National Workshop on integrating poverty reduction into development strategy(organized by the Government of Mongolia and UNDP), Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia.
2001
Presentation on "Social impact of the economic downturn on workers in the high tech industry in Penang, Malaysia. At the Third EUROSEAS Conference, Panel 12: Social Security and SocialPolicy in South-East Asia, London, United Kingdom.
2001
"Labor Market and Rural Non-Farm Household Business in Indonesia." At the Fifth ASEAN Inter-University Seminars on Social Development, National University of Singapore, Singapore
2000
Presentation on "Preference Heterogeneity, Power, and Intrahousehold Decision-Making in Rural Malaysia." At the Second Gloal Development Conference, Gender Session, Global Development Network, Tokyo, Japan
1999
"Social Dialogueand Labor Market Adjustment in East Asia after the Crisis." (Commentator) At the Seminar on the Economic Crisis, Employment and the Labour Market in East and South-East Asia (organizaed by ILO and World Bank), Tokyo, Japan.
1999
"Individual Aspiration or Family Survival?: Rural-Urban Female Migration in Malaysia." At the Nanyang Business School, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore.
1998
"Power and Preference Heterogeneity in Household Decision Making." At the Labor Economics Seminar, Keio University, Tokyo, Japan.
1997
"Comparison of Individual and Household Migration Models: The case of female migration in Malaysia" At the Sixth Tun Abdul Razak Conference, Ohio University, Athens, USA.
1997
"Power and Preference Heterogeneity in Household Decision Making." At the Development Economics Workshop, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Wisconsin, USA.
1995
"Female Migration to EPZs in Malaysia: An Intrahousehold Approach." At the international workshop, Interdisciplinary, Comparative and Gender Perspectives in Social Research, University of Science, Malaysia, Penang, Malaysia.
1994
"A New Approach to Female Migration: Micro-based socio-economic analytical framework." At the First Inter-Univerisity the John D. and Catherine MacArthur Foudnation Workshop (Stanford University, the University of Minnesota and the University of Wisconsin-Madison), Universitry of Wisconsin- Madison, USA.

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Book Reviews

2003
Book review on Can the Poor Infleunce Policy? (Caroline M. Robb, World Bank 2002), Briefing Notes in Economics, Issue No. 59, December 2003/January 2004, pp.10-11pdf(PDF)

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Awards

2004
Fellow, Asia Lreadership Fellow Program for 2004, Japan Foundation and the International House of Japan, Tokyo, Japan.

Grants

JSPS Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research/ Principal Investigator

2010-2011
Capability and Women’s Well-being in India and Japan
2008-2010
Development of Human Development Index for Developed Countries (HDI-I)
2004-2007
Module Development on Management for Self-reliant Local Economic Development.
2001
Research on Drop-out of Children of Foreign Workers through Household Model.

JSPS Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research/ Co-Investigator

2009-2012
Research on economic policy and ecological institutional approach: evolutional design of institution and community dock. (Professor Makoto Nishibe)
2009-2011
Inequality and deviant behavior: causal structural analysis of suicide and crime rates by social capital and anxiety. (Professor Arinori Yosano)
2004-2006
Formulation and issues for sustainable society in Asia

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Others

2006-2008
Cooperation Bases System by MEXT.
Research on Educational Cooperation and Economic Development in Skill Development.
2004-2006
Asahi Glass Foundation, Japan.
Research grant for An International Joint Research on Livelihoods of Disability and Poverty in Southeast Asia.
2003-2006
International Health Research Center, Japan.
Research Grant for Interdisciplinary Approach to Sustainability for International Health Project.
1999-2000
International Centre for the Study of East Asian Development (ICSEAD).
Research Grant for Factory Labor and Economic Crisis in Malaysia.
 

Scholarships

1994-1995
The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation
Scholarship For Field Research (For 8 months field data collection in Malaysia)
1993-1995
The World Bank Graduate Scholarship.
For graduate study at the University of Wisconsin-Madison (For two years)
1991-1993
Graduate Scholarship for International Development, International Development Center, Japan.
For graduate study at Stanford University and the University of Wisconsin-Madison. (For two years)

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