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About OKUNO Takuji - Biographical Sketch

Dr. Takuji Okuno entered the Graduate School of Kyoto Institute of Technology (KIT) in 1978. He earned a PhD degree from KIT in 2001. In 1997, he became a Professor at the Graduate School of Sociology, and the School of Sociology of Kwansei Gakuin University. He has served as the Executive Director of the Information-Media Education Center since 2005. He has served as the Dean of the University Library of Kwansei Gakuin University since 2009. He has served as Visiting Professor of Nichibunken , the National International Research Center for Japanese Studies since 2008.

He is now Director-General, Institute for Advanced Social Research of Kwansei Gakuin University since 2016, and Deputy Director General for Yamashina Institute for Ornithology.

Dr. Okuno's research is focused on Japanese popular culture, Manga, Anime, J-pop music, Figures, and games. These phenomena are called "Japan Cool" or "Cool Japan". They have already gained popularity around the world. Their particular popularity was spread to other Asian countries and the USA by the internet and digital media. Dr. Okuno notes that the roots of "Japan Cool" lie in Japanese Edo culture, just as the roots of Anime lie in "Kabuki" and the roots of Manga in "Kibyoushi "Japan Cool" at the Edo period , Tokugawa Shogun Ere about 300 years ago.

Resume Vitae

YearmonthEducational Background (after high school graduation)
200603Social Researcher; Awarded by the Japanese Certification Board for Social Research
200103Awarded Ph.D. (in Science) degree from said graduate school
197803Completed said Master Degree Course
197404Admitted to the Master’s Degree Course of Graduate School of Kyoto University of Industrial Art and Textile
197004Admitted to the Faculty of Textile, Kyoto University of Industrial Art and Textile
196903Graduated from Kyoto City Horikawa High School
YearmonthAcademic Position/Experience
200504Executive Director of the Information-Media Education Center, Kwansei Gakuin University
200204Professor of Post-Doctorate Course of the Graduate School of Sociology, Kwansei Gakuin University
199704Professor of Pre-Doctorate Course of the Graduate School of Sociology, and Professor of Graduate School of Sociology of Kwansei Gakuin University
199404Professor of the Graduate School of Sociology, and Professor of the Faculty of Arts, Konan University
199104Associate professor, Department of Sociology, Faculty of Letters, Konan University
198910Visiting Associate professor, Faculty of Anthropology, Illinois University
198604Associate professor, Kyoto College School of Arts
198204Tenured lecturer, Kyoto College School of Arts
197804Non-tenure lecturer, Kyoto Seika Junior College
Books writtenPublisherSingle/multiple AuthorsPublished in
1)Japan Cool and Edo Culture; The highly placed and Media Culture Study of EdoIwanami Books Co. Ltd.Single author2007
2)Japan-initiated IT Revolution; Proliferation of Japan Cool in AsiaIwanami Books Co. Ltd.Single author2005
3)The third Society; Changes in Business, Family and SocietyIwanami Books Co. Ltd.Single author2001
4)Information anthropologyJust System Co. Ltd.Single author1993
5)Cosmology of Computer Kids ; information-social anthropologyChikuma Books Co. Ltd.Single author1991
Major Society Activities
1)Director, Society of Private Universities Information Education (Foundation)
2)Executive Director; Promotion Committee of Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Society (NPO Corporation)
3)Consultant to Miyazaki Academy
4)Deputy Chairman; The Humans-Animal Relationship Meeting
5)Projector Promoter; The 21st Century COE Program of the Graduate Schools of Kwansei Gakuin University
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