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1996 A.B. in Anthropology with highest honors (summa cum laude) Oregon State University, Oregon, USA

1998 M.A. in Education, Ochanomizu University, Tokyo, Japan

2001 PhD. in Social Science, Ochanomizu University, Tokyo, Japan

2006 MPH in Global Health, Emory University, Georgia, USA

2010 The Certificate of Advanced Social Researcher (by Japanese Association for Social Research)

Faculty Positions


2022- Professor, Department of Social Welfare Science, Faculty of Nursing and Social Welfare Sciences, Fukui Prefectural University

2022- Visiting Professor, Department of Pediatrics, Sapporo Medical University School of Medicine

2007- Associate Professor, Department of liberal Arts and Sciences, Center for Medical Education, Sapporo Medical University

2015- Holding an additional post at Department of Pediatrics, School of Medicine, Sapporo Medical University

2001-2006 Lecturer, School of Health Sciences, Sapporo Medical University

Awards, Prizes, Honors, (including named lectureships)

2004 The Japan Academy for Health Behavioral Science Nakagawa Memorial Award

Visiting Scholar, Mahidol University, Thailand

Visiting Scholar, Chiang Mai University, Thailand


2018- International Psycho-oncology Society 

2018- Japan Pediatric Society

2018- Japan Academy of Nursing Science

2010- Japan Society for Medical Education

2009- The Japan Sociological Society

2006- American Public Health Association

2001- Councilor, The Japan Academy for Health Behavioral Science

2001- American Society for Applied Anthropology (USA)

2001- Japanese Society of Public Health

1998- Society for Medical Anthropology (USA)

1998- American Anthropological Association (USA)

1998- The Japan Academy for Health Behavioral Science

1998- Japanese Society of Public Health

1997- The Japanese Society of Cultural Anthropology

National and International Responsibilities

2010- Reviewer of Social Science and Medicine

2001- Reviewer of the Japanese journal of health behavioral science

Responsibilities at Fukui Prefectural University

2022- Member, International Committee

Other diverse duties

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