I am a historian interested in modern Japan, especially religion, intellectual history, science, and ideology. I teach at Hokkaido University’s Modern Japanese Studies Program.
The focus of my research is the history of ideas of Japan, roughly from the mid 1800’s to the 1940’s. I combine interests in the history of philosophy, science, religion, and ideology, and I study these aspects in a comparative light, looking at developments in Japan and Europe. My first book “Darwin, Dharma, and the Divine: Evolutionary Theory and Religion in Modern Japan” is a study of the religious reception of evolutionary theory in modern Japan. I am currently investigating themes such as religious utopianism in modern Japan.
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