Department of History

The Department of History consists of the Laboratory of Japanese History, the Laboratory of Oriental History, the Laboratory of Occidental History, and the Laboratory of Archaeology. History is a field of study which attempts to look back to the past in order to find out why the world we’re currently living in is the way that is. At the same time, though, Historical studies are also capable of using the past as a means to help us relativize the way that the world currently is. More than anything, though, it is a field which aims to use historical resources in order to put us into a “dialogue” with the past. In this department, we aim to provide an environment in which students and researchers can pursue these goals while studying not only Japanese history, but also the history of the various regions that make up our world.

Laboratory of Japanese History

The Laboratory of Japanese History is characterized by its positivistic research that is capable of accounting for all of the various regions in Japan as well as Japan’s relation to China, the Korean Peninsula, and the Northern Territories through the classic, medieval, modern, and contemporary periods. The Laboratory of Japanese History has a long track record of producing many fine researchers. Moreover, there are many specialist books concerning Japanese history available and historical resources (such as primary sources concerning the Northern Territories or publications and reprints of sources for each period or field of study) on campus, thus making the Laboratory of Japanese History an ideal environment for research.

Faculty List

  • SHIRAKIZAWA Asahiko Professor
    Research Fields: Japanese Modern History, Japanese Economic History
  • TANIMOTO Akihisa Professor
    Research Fields: Japanese early modern(Edo Era) history
  • HASHIMOTO Yu Professor
    Research Fields: Medieval Japanese History, East Asian Maritime History
  • KWEON Seok-yeong Professor
    Research Fields: Japanese Intellectual History, Korean History
  • OGURA Makiko Associate Professor
    Research Fields: Japanese Ancient History (Nara and Heian periods)
  • KAWAGUCHI Akihiro Associate Professor
    Research Fields: History of Japan
  • INOUE Keisuke Assistant Professor
    Research Fields: Modern Japanese history, Political history,Hokkaido history

Laboratory of Oriental History

The Laboratory of Oriental History conducts historical research on the various regions that make up East Asia. Research thus covers expansive territories, and multiple languages can be used to contribute to historical studies on East Asia. Indeed, in this laboratory, there are resources written in Classic Chinese, Modern Chinese, Persian, Arabian, and Turkish just waiting for students to come and interpret them. There are sources that are written vertically, sources that are written horizontally, bamboo slips, wooden, slips, and more, all waiting for students here at this laboratory.

Faculty List

  • YOSHIKAI Masato Professor
    Research Fields: Ancient China, Premodern China's Southern Borderland, Modern China
  • UMEMURA Naoki Associate Professor
    Research Fields: history of society and thought of the Song dinasty
  • SATO Kentaro Associate Professor
    Research Fields: History of the Muslim West

Laboratory of Occidental History

At the Laboratory of Occidental History, we conduct research that primarily focuses on the history of the politics, economy, society, and culture in Ancient Rome, Early Modern Germany, and Modern Europe (with a particular emphasis on England and France). Additionally, we have been working on incorporating three new themes into our research: gender, nationalism, and immigration.

Faculty List

  • SUNADA Toru Professor
    Research Fields: History of Rome
  • HASEGAWA Takahiko Professor
    Research Fields: Western history
  • YAMAMOTO Fumihiko Professor
    Research Fields: German Medieval History, German Early Modern History
  • MATSUSHIMA Akio Professor
    Research Fields: The Social History of Modern France religions, The History of Modern France religion policies
  • MURATA Katsuyuki Professor
    Research Fields: American History, American Culture

Laboratory of Archaeology

Faculty members at the Laboratory of Archaeology include top-level experts on research on artifacts, ruins, and remains, as well as specialists in a new field in archaeological science: plant and animal archaeology. Faculty members at the Laboratory of Archaeology cover a broad range of time periods and regions. This includes time periods ranging from the Stone Age to modern history, and regions such as Eurasia, the Japanese islands, and the Americas. Faculty members use this knowledge to help support graduate students engage in state of the art archaeological research.

  • KOSUGI Yasushi Professor
    Research Fields: Archaeology, Study of material culture
  • KUNIKITA Dai Associate Professor
    Research Fields: Archaeology, Archaeological Science
  • EDA Masaki Associate Professor
    Research Fields: Zooarchaeology, archaeo-ornithology
  • TAKASE Katsunori Associate Professor
    Research Fields: Prehistoric archaeology
  • TAKAKURA Jun Assistant Professor
    Research Fields: Archaeology, Scientific Studies on Cultural Properties