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Stuart Picken IAFOR Staff Profile

Stuart D. B. Picken, Director

Chairman of the IAFOR International Advisory Board

Order of the Sacred Treasure, M.A. (Hons), B.D., Ph.D. (Glasgow), F.R.A.S.

Professor Picken is the Chairman of the IAFOR International Advisory Board. The author of a dozen books and over 130 articles and papers, he is considered one of the foremost scholars on Japan, China, and Globalization in East Asia.

As an academic, Professor Picken has devoted more than 30 years to scholarship in Japan, notably as a Professor of Philosophy at the International Christian University in Tokyo, where he specialized in ethics and Japanese thought, and as International Adviser to the High Priest of Tsubaki Grand Shrine (Mie Prefecture). He has also served as a consultant to various businesses, including Jun Ashida Ltd., Mitsui Mining & Smelting Corp., Kobe Steel, and Japan Air Lines.

In November 2008, the Government of Japan awarded Professor Picken the Order of the Sacred Treasure for his pioneering research, and outstanding contribution to the promotion of friendship and mutual understanding between Japan and the UK. The honour is normally reserved for Japanese citizens and is a mark of the utmost respect in which Professor Picken is held by the Japanese Government. More recently, in 2012 he was invited to London to attend a reception at the Japanese Embassy, hosted by Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko as an expression of their gratitude towards Britons who had helped support Japan after the 2011 Tohoku Earthquake and tsunami. Professor Picken helped organize fundraising efforts through both the Japan Society of Scotland, of which he is the chair, in the UK, and IAFOR in Japan.

As well as directing the IAFOR Japan Research Institute, Professor Picken is responsible for the academic affairs and direction of the organization as Chairman of the IAB. He also chairs the Japan Liaison Committee (See below).

Although now resident in Scotland, Professor Picken maintains his interests in Japan, as Chair of the Japan Society of Scotland, and through the IAFOR IAB. He is also the Chairman of the Academic Board of New College, Birmingham. He lives near Glasgow with his wife and two children.



Arthur Stockwin

Arthur Stockwin, Senior Adviser

Founding Director of the Nissan Institute for Japanese Studies & Emeritus Professor at The University of Oxford, UK

M.A. (Oxon), Ph.D. (Australian National University), O.B.E., Order of the Rising Sun

Professor Arthur Stockwin is Emeritus Fellow and Founding Director of the Nissan Institute for Japanese Studies at the University of Oxford. His first degree was in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from the University of Oxford, and he received his doctorate in International Relations from the Australian National University (ANU) in Canberra. Between 1964 and 1981 he taught courses, principally on Japanese politics, but also on Soviet politics and political sociology in the Department of Political Science at the ANU. For 10 months in 1975-6 he was seconded to the Australian Government Department of Foreign Affairs.

Between 1982 and his retirement in 2003 he was Nissan Professor of Modern Japanese Studies and the founding Director of the Nissan Institute of Japanese Studies at the University of Oxford, where his teaching and research continued to focus on the modern and contemporary politics of Japan, of which he is a renowned expert. He is now an Emeritus Fellow of St Antony’s College in the same university, where he was Sub-Warden in 1999-2001.

Professor Stockwin holds numerous awards for his efforts to promote the understanding of Japan in the UK, including the Order of the Rising Sun, the Japan Foundation Award for Japanese Studies, and an OBE for services to academic excellence and the promotion of UK-Japanese understanding. In 1994-5 he was President of the British Association of Japanese Studies.



Japan Liaison Committee

Chair: Prof Stuart D. B. Picken, Chair, International Advisory Board, IAFOR

Vice-Chair: Dr Joseph Haldane, Executive Director, IAFOR


Mr Mitsumasa Aoyama

Mr Mitsumasa Aoyama

IAFOR Japan Liaison Committee

Director, the Yufuku Gallery, Tokyo, Japan

From 1970 until 1981, Mitsumasa Aoyama was the Executive Director (President) of PHP Institute International, an Institute founded by Konosuke Matsushita, the founder of Panasonic. The institute was founded by Japan’s leading industrialist in the immediate postwar period (1946) to create an organization to address fundamental questions concerning the human condition based on the concept of “Peace and Happiness through Prosperity”, and through the concept of a “forum for a better world”. From 1981 until 1990, he held senior roles within the Panasonic corporation in North America. He is currently the director of the Yufuku ceramics gallery in Tokyo, and is engaged in promoting Japanese art and culture abroad.




Professor Kuniko Miyanaga

IAFOR Japan Liaison Committee

Director, the Human Potential Institute, Tokyo, Japan and Fellow, Reischauer Institute, Harvard University, USA

Kuniko Miyanaga is a cultural anthropologist and linguist and works on questions of globalization, identity and language. She has taught at the International Christian University in Tokyo (1974-2002), and from 2005 she joined the faculty at Tama University, as a Professor of Anthropology, also serving as Dean of the School. Professor Miyanaga is the founding and current director of the Human Potential Institute NPO, as well as the founding director of the IAFOR Language Research Institute.

She has taught for periods abroad at the University of British Columbia, Canada, and was a Fulbright Scholar at St Michaels College, VT. USA. Professor Miyanaga has also been a Visiting Scholar at the universities of Boston, Harvard, and Stanford in the USA, and Oxford in the UK through the Japan Foundation.




Professor Michiko Nakano

IAFOR Japan Liaison Committee

Waseda University, Tokyo, Japan

Michiko Nakano is a Full Professor in the School of Education at Waseda University in Tokyo. She is currently Director of the Digital Campus Promotion Office, Director of the Distance Learning Center, and Director of Cross-Cultural Distance Learning. A former Deputy Dean of Student Affairs, School of Education at Waseda University and a former Chairman of the Department of English Language and Literature. Dr Nakano’s research concentrates on the practical applications of Computer Technology as it relates to Language Teaching and Assessment. She is the co-founder of the Pan-Pacific Association of Applied Linguistics (PAAL), and co-editor-in-chief of its journal, and a former secretary general of the Japan Association of College English Teachers (JACET). Dr Nakano has edited and published more than 220 papers and books.




Professor Yozo Yokota

IAFOR Japan Liaison Committee

Director of the Center for Human Rights Affairs, Japan & Former UN Special Rapporteur on Myanmar

Professor Yozo Yokota is an internationally renowned jurist and teacher of international law, international economic law and international human rights law. He is currently President of the Japanese Center for Human Rights Education and Training, Special Advisor of the Japanese Ministry of Justice, and a Member of the Committee of Experts of the International Labour Organization.

Professor Yokota started his career as Legal Counsel to the World Bank in Washington, D.C., before holding professorships in international law at International Christian University (Tokyo), the University of Tokyo, and Chuo Law School. He has also held visiting professorships at the University of Adelaide (Australia), and the law schools of the University of Michigan and Columbia University. As an internationally respected proponent of human rights, he has extensively advised the United Nations, serving as the UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights in Myanmar between 1992 and 96 and a Member of the UN Sub-Commission on the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights between 2000 and 2007.



Associated International Advisory Board Members


Professor William Baber

Associate Professor
Kyoto University Graduate School of Management, Japan

Lord Charles Bruce of Elgin and Kincardine

Patron, Japan Society of Scotland
Patron, Scottish Centre of Tagore Studies at Edinburgh Napier University
Chairman, Kolkata Scottish Heritage Trust

Professor Sir Geoffrey Lloyd

Senior Scholar in Residence, The Needham Research Institute, Cambridge, UK
Fellow and Former Master, Darwin College, University of Cambridge
Fellow of the British Academy
Honorary Foreign Member, The American Academy of Arts and Sciences

Professor Michiko Nakano

Professor of English
Director of the Distance Learning Center

Waseda University, Tokyo, Japan

Mr Lowell Sheppard

Asia Pacific Director
HOPE International Development Agency, Japan

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