Dr. Takashi Inoguchi is a prolific writer and educator whose specializations include Japanese politics and foreign policy, East Asian international relations, Asian comparative politics, evidence-based typology of Asian societies and transnationalism, among other subject areas. Since 2017, he has excelled as an eminent scholar professor of political science at J. F. Oberlin University in Tokyo, Japan. Earlier in his career, Dr. Inoguchi served as an associate professor and professor of political science at the University of Tokyo beginning in 1977, and he ultimately attained emeritus status in 2005. During this time, he also taught at Chuo University from 2005 to 2009, was a senior vice rector at United Nations University from 1995 to 1997, and was chancellor and president at University Niigata Prefecture from 2009 to 2017. He first served Sophia University as an associate professor from 1974 to 1977.
To prepare for his career, Dr. Inoguchi received a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Arts from the University of Tokyo in 1966 and 1968, respectively. After accruing years in the field, he attended the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, Massachusetts, receiving a Doctor of Philosophy in 1974. Alongside his primary endeavors, Dr. Inoguchi served as a Japan Foundation visiting professor at the Graduate Institute of International Studies in Geneva, Switzerland, in the late 1970s, as well as a distinguished visiting professor at the National University of Singapore in 1999, 2005 and 2007. Since 2002, he has further served as president of the Asian Consortium for Political Research and, since 2017, he has excelled as an honorary member of the Japanese Society for Behavior Metrics. Previously, Dr. Inoguchi was the president of the Japan Association of International Relations between 2000 and 2002.
Lending his expertise to written works, as well, Dr. Inoguchi served as the editor of the International Relations of the Asia-Pacific from 2000 to 2005 and of the Japanese Journal of Political Science from 2000 to 2018. Since 2016, he has thrived as an editor of the Asian Journal of Comparative Politics. Likewise, he has published approximately 150 books, 110 of which are in Japanese and 40 of which are in English. Recently, he authored “Japanese Politics in Comparative Perspective” and “Japan International Relations at the Crossroads,” both in 2021.
Dr. Inoguchi was honored with the Takashi Inoguchi Endowed Track on Quality of Life and Well-Being in East Asia by the International Society for Quality of Life Studies in 2018. Previously, he received the Proze Award for Best Reference Book of the Year for his contributions to the “International Encyclopedia of Social and Behavioral Sciences” in 2015, as well as the Best Book Award from the Japan Society for Behavior Metrics in 2014. In 2007, he also earned the International Communication Excellent Research Award. Recently, the World Association for Public Opinion Research conferred upon him the Helen Dinerman Award for lifetime contributions to public opinion research in 2021. Additionally, Dr. Inoguchi was highlighted in the 74th edition of Who’s Who in America alongside such prominent names as Midori Goto, Haruki Murakami, the late Eiichi Negishi, the late Madeleine Albright, the late Colin Powell and the late Walter Mondale.