Atsuko Munemura

Atsuko Munemura Faculty of Economics, Chiba Keizai University
Research Fields By drawing on case examples from the canning industry in Western Cape, South Africa, I have made historical observations on the development process of the country’s manufacturing industry in pre-World War II. My research interest is to clarify how female seasonal workers from rural areas obtained their skills required for the manufacturing industry. In this research project, I have set a question—Why did the manufacturing industry, which centralized female labor, form in an area with an extremely small female population?—and have been analyzing it from the two perspectives of farms and the manufacturing industry.
Main Works
  • Atsuko Ansai-Munemura, “Industrial Conciliation between Multi-Racial Trade Union and the Apartheid Government: A study of the Food and Canning Workers Union in 1950s Western Cape”, Global Leadership Training Programme in Africa, 2016, Final Report.
  • Atsuko Munemura, “Book Review: G. Austin and K. Sugihara(eds.), Labour Intensive Indusrialization in Global History, London: Routledge, 2013”, Asian Review of World History, Vol. 2, No.2, August 2014, pp. 269-274.

Nobuko Yoneda

Nobuko Yoneda Graduate School of Language and Culture, Osaka University
Research Fields Linguistics
I have engaged in descriptive research on the language group called ‘Bantu’ spread across sub-equatorial Africa. My focused subject languages are Matengo and Swahili spoken in Tanzania, and Herero spoken in Namibia. I also have conducted social linguistics research, including language situation and language policy.
Main Works
  • YONEDA, Nobuko. 2017. “Conjoint/Disjoint Distinction and Focus in Matengo (N13).” Hyman, Larry & J. van der Wal. (eds.) The conjoint/disjoint alternation in Bantu. Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter. pp.426-452.
  • YONEDA, Nobuko. 2016. “Event integration patterns in Herero: The case of motion event components.” Asia and Africa Languages and Linguistics. 10. 219-244.
  • YONEDA, Nobuko. 2011. “Word order in Matengo (N13): Topicality and informational roles.” Lingua, 121(5). 754-771.
  • YONEDA, Nobuko. 2010. “Topical hierarchy and grammatical agreement in Matengo (N13).” Legère, K. & C. Thornell (eds.) Bantu Languages Analyses, Description and Theory. Köln: Rüdiger Köppe Verlag. pp.313-323.

Taku Iida

Iida Taku National Institutes for the Humanities National Museum of Ethnology
Research Fields I have been researching livelihoods dependent primarily on fishing, mainly in Madagascar, an island off the coast of Africa. A number of actors, including national governments, international organizations and NGOs, who have recently begun activities in rural areas, have been promoting sustainable fishing practices among local fishermen in various ways. On the other hand, the fishermen continuously strive to utilize new fishing methods in order to maintain their income. While diversification of the species that are targeted means that the pressure on specific fish species has not seemed to increase, the growing population is likely to engender a continued decline in resources. We need to seek solutions consistently in the same manner as we do for climate change.
Main Works
  • Bram Tucker, Mr. Tsimitamby, Frances Humber, Sophie Benbow, Taku Iida 2010. Foraging for Development: A Comparison of Food Insecurity, Production, and Risk among Farmers, Forest Foragers, and Marine Foragers in Southwestern Madagascar. Human Organization 62 (4): 375-386.

Yuichiro Fujioka

Yuichiro Fujioka Graduate School of Integrated Sciences for Global Society, Kyushu University
Reserch Fields I conduct my research on relationships between human beings and plants in farming communities in semi-arid regions in countries such as Namibia and South Africa. I am pursuing studies on the background of how the characteristic vegetation was developed and its meaning to the livelihood and sustenance of the local residents as well as changes in use of trees caused by commercialization of the fruits, with a focus on agro-forests, the bushes in farming land.
Main Works
  • Teshirogi, K., Yamashina, C., Fujioka, Y. (2017) Variations in mopane vegetation and its use by local people: Comparison of four sites in northern Namibia. African Study Monographs 38(1): 5-25.
  • Watanabe, Y., Itanna, F., Fujioka, Y., Ruben, S. Iijima, M. (2017) Soil fertility status of seasonally closed wetland ecosystem (ondombe) in north-central Namibia. African Journal of Agricultural Study 12(18): 1538-1546.

Masaya Hara

  Graduate School of Human Development and Environment, Kobe University
Research Fields I have conducted research in rural Zambia and study on migration and livelihood. I have focused on the differences of livelihood and land use between ethnic groups, and on social ties which create among ethnic groups. I am interested in immigration situations of immigrants and the past and future changes of multi-ethnic communities.
Main Works
  • Hara, M. 2017. Regional food security to cope with agricultural policy changes in North-Western Zambia. Japanese Journal of Human Geography 69(1): 9-25.
  • Hara, M. 2016. Cassava cultivation and livelihood stability of the Lunda people in northwestern Zambia. 15th Congress of the International Society of Ethnobiology. Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda. August 2, 2016.
  • Hara, M. 2013. Livelihood strategy in multi-ethnic agricultural community, northwestern Zambia: Focus on food exchange on off-crop season. Livelihood, Social Ties, and Inter-personal Relationships in Agricultural Communities: The Social Dynamics in Southeast Asia and Southern Africa. National University of Laos, Vientiane, Laos. September 25, 2013.
  • Hara, M. 2013. Social ties and food exchanges in a multi-ethnic agricultural community in northwestern Zambia. African Potentials 2013: International Symposium on Conflict Resolution and Coexistence. Kyoto University, Kyoto, Japan. October 5, 2013.

Masayoshi Shigeta

Masayoshi Shigeta  The Center for African Area Studies, Kyoto University
Research Fields  
Main Works
  • Masayoshi Shigeta & Morie Kaneko 2017. ZAIRAICHI (Local Knowledge) as the Manners of Co-existence: Encounters between the Aari Farmers in Southwestern Ethiopia and the ‘Other’. eds. GEBRE Yntiso et al., African Potentials: Conflict handling and peaceful coexistence, Bamenda: Langaa, pp. 311-338.
  • Tadessa Daba & Masayoshi Shigeta 2016. “Enset (Ensete Ventricosum) Production in Ethiopia: Its Nutritional and Socio-Cultural Values” Agriculture and Food Science Research 3 (2): 66-74.
  • Masayoshi Shigeta & Mamo Hebo 2014. “Continuity and Change in The Rights of Arsii Oromo Women to Property in West Arsii, Ethiopia” Nilo-Ethiopian Studies, Vol.19:1-14 (Co-authored with Mamo Hebo)

Katsuhiko Shiota

Research Fields  
Main Works
  • SHIOTA, Katsuhiko 2000. “Some changes observed in Bura spoken by second generation in Maiduguri”, paper read at the Kyoto Conference 2000, Endangered Languages of the Pacific Rim Project (Osahito Miyaoka, director).

Juichi Itani

Juichi Itani  Graduate School of Asian and African Area Studies, Kyoto University
Research Fields  
Main Works
  • Itani, J. 2012. Introduction of external plants into Agro-silvo-pastoral complex, Tanzania. In: Incentive of local community for REDD and semi-domestication of non-timber forest products. (S. Kobayashi, K. Ishimaru, eds.). Ministry of Environment, Japan. pp. 96-104.

Junko Motogi

Junko Motogi Hosei University
Research Fields Contemporary African Literature.
Special focus on women writers of French Literature, Mariama Ba, Calixthe Beyala, Scholastique Mukasonga and Léonora Miano.

Main Works
  • 2015. Origin of slave trade: Reading “La Saison de l’Ombre” written by Léonora Miano. Hosei Daigaku Koganei Ronshu 11: 33-51.
  • 2013. Origin of Genocide: Reading “Notre-Dame du Nil” written by Scholastique Mukasonga. Hosei Daigaku Koganei Ronshu 10: 33-58.
  • 2011. Distant way to find family: Reading “Trois Femmes puissantes” written by Marie NDiaye. Hosei Daigaku Koganei Ronshu 8: 153-166.

Yoko Nagahara

Yoko Nagahara Research Institute of Languages and Cultures of Asia and Africa, Tokyo University of Foreign Studies
Research Fields History of Southern Africa, Comparative Colonial History
Main Works
  • “History as an African Potential : Namibia, Southern Africa and East Asian in Historical Connectedness and Contemporaneousness” ed. by Sam Moyo and Yoichi Mine, What Colonialism Ignored: African Potentials: ‘African Potentials’ for Resolving Conflicts in Southern Africa, Langaa 2016