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Yasushi Kikuchi

Visiting Professor

Yasushi Kikuchi
UNU Centre, Tokyo
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Dr. Yasushi Kikuchi is a professor emeritus of Social and Development Anthropology at Waseda University, Tokyo. He is one of the pioneers in development anthropology and Philippine studies in Japan. He is the innovative person who organized the first international conference on Development Anthropology in Feb. 1996 in Tokyo. He has been the post evaluator to JICA and JBIC development projects. He is also an academician, researcher and writer, and spent many years of his life in social anthropological research and field expeditions, exploring cultural friction, national identity, kinship system, traumatized people and overseas development assistance programs. Especially, he created the theoretical frame on development anthropology which is based upon Cultural Efficacy more than Economic Efficiency. On the other hand, of particular interest is the indigenous people, notably many ethno-linguistic groups in the Philippines.

He was the visiting professor in Harvard University, Montréal University, Zurich University, De La Salle University in Manila and ESAN in Peru. Since 1992, he involved Harvard Program in Refugee Trauma ( HPRT) as senior adviser. Especially Peru Mental Health Program was initiated by him during his stay in Lima from 2002. to ’04.

Dr. Kikuchi has published several books and papers in various academic publications. He has published Mindoro Highlanders – the Life of the Swidden Agriculturists, Philippine Kinship Society, Uncrystallized Philippine Society – A Social Anthropological Aspect-, Development Anthropology – beyond Economics ( ed. 2004 ) and Towards an East Asia Community: Beyond Cross-Cultural Diversity – Inter-cultural, Inter-social, Inter-faith Dialogue (ed. 2008).

He was appointed as the knowledgeable adviser on the policy of International Cooperation to Foreign Minster of Japanese Government ( 2007 to 2009 ). Dr. Kikuchi is the first anthropologist in this advisory committee for ODA policy. He was given Honorary Doctorate Degree, Universidad National De Ingenieria, Peru ( National University of  Engineering ) in July of 2006. Since 2006, he is giving the intensive lecture to MA summer course of St. John’s University ( Rome campus ) up to present where he is presenting on ‘ Development Anthropology with Ethic and Human rights ‘.

He has established his own private project: Institute of Medical Anthropology at Waseda University since 2006. Now he is Professor Emeritus of Waseda University and a visiting professor of United Nations University Institute for Sustainability and Peace.