Yasu’o Mizobe

  School of Global Japanese Studies, Meiji University
Research Fields I specialize in Modern African History. In particular, I have been studying how “modernization” was implemented in Africa since the late 19th century with a focus on Anglophone Western Africa (such as present-day Ghana, Nigeria, Sierra Leone) in the written media, including newspapers and magazines. In addition, recently I became interested in the history of the relationship between Japan and Africa since the early 20th century. In particular, I have been working on research on Japan (and Japanese) in Africa during the Second World War, as well as the period before and after the war.
Main Works
  • Mizobe, Y. 2017. History of Intellectual Relations between Africa and Japan During the Interwar Period as Seen Through Takehiko Kojima’s African Experience of 1936.『明治大学国際日本学研究』9: 印刷中.
  • Mizobe, Y. 2015. Japanese Newspaper Coverage of Africa (and African Soldiers) during World War II: The Case of the Tokyo Nichi Nichi (Mainichi) Shimbun, 1939-1945. In Chuku, G. ed. Ethnicities, Nationalities, and Cross-Cultural Representations in Africa and the Diaspora. Carolina Academic Press. 163-182.
  • Mizobe, Y. 2012. The African Press Coverage of Japan and British Censorship during World War II: A Case Study of the Ashanti Pioneer, 1939–1945. Tinabantu: Journal of African National Affairs 4(2): 26-36.
  • Mizobe. Y. 2007. A Survey of Gold Coast (Southern Ghanaian) Newspapers in the Latter Half of the Nineteenth Century. Cape Town: Centre for Advanced Studies of African Society. 46pp.