A Message from the Head of the Center

Head of the Niigata University Sakeology Center
Hitoshi Takahashi
Head of the Niigata University Sakeology Center

I have served as the head of the Niigata University Sakeology Center since April 1, 2018. At the Center, we work to establish the field of Sakeology through education, research, sharing information, and international exchange. Sakeology is a brand-new academic discipline, featuring extensive learning covering a cross-disciplinary focus specifically on sake, which is rooted in much of Japan’s culture and traditions.

Our Sakeology education encourages systematic crossdisciplinary understanding of sake, with not just classroom study, but also independent problem-solving through practical training and seminars. Students acquire knowledge and skills related to the raw materials (such as water and rice suited to brewing sake) and microorganisms involved in brewing and fermenting, learn about the distribution and sales systems involved in delivering sake to consumers, and fields related to marketing. Students also learn about how climate and natural features affect brewing, and other topics related to regional characteristics, such as geographical indications, as well as studying history, sake taxation, brewing equipment, how best to enjoy sake, health effects of sake, and other various topics related to sake. Since April of 2018, we have offered three Sakeology classes, open to all Niigata University students: Sakeology A-1, A-2, and B. We also hold open lectures on Sakeology, open to all members of the public.

Even before the establishment of the Sakeology Center, as part of our efforts to promote the study of Sakeology, representatives from Niigata University, the Niigata Sake Brewers Association, and Niigata Prefecture visited the Institute of Vine & Wine Science (ISVV) at the University of Bordeaux. Through cooperation between industry, government, and academia, Bordeaux has become a worldfamous name in wine production, and today, the University of Bordeaux serves as a world-class center of learning when it comes to oenology, the study of wine. With the Sakeology Center, our aim is to raise the profile of Niigata University as a world-famous center for the systematic study of sake, through education, research, sharing information, and international exchange. Thank you all for your warm support and cooperation.

Hitoshi Takahashi
Director at Niigata University
Head of the Niigata University Sakeology Center
April 1, 2018

Institution Objectives

Niigata Prefecture, the Niigata Sake Brewers Association, and Niigata University have entered into a partnership agreement with the objectives of establishing Sakeology as an academic discipline covering a broad variety of cultural and scientific fields related to sake, and contributing to the establishment and development of an international center of Sakeology study. To achieve the goals of this agreement, the Niigata University Sakeology Center was established. The Center draws upon researchers at Niigata University in fields related to sake, as well as staff from Niigata Prefectural Sake Research Institute and the Niigata Sake Brewers Association, with a view to education, research, sharing information, and international exchange.

Cooperation between Industry, Government, and Academia


Left: Niigata Prefectural Governor Hideyo Hanazumi
Center: Niigata University President Sugata Takahashi
Right: President, Niigata Sake Brewers Association Shunji Odaira

Niigata Prefecture, the Niigata Sake Brewers Association, and Niigata University have entered into a partnership agreement to establish Sakeology as an academic discipline covering a broad variety of cultural and scientific fields related to sake, and contributing to Niigata’s establishment and development as an international center of Sakeology study. Niigata University works in cooperation with the other partnership members to establish Sakeology as an academic discipline that integrates cultural and scientific elements related to sake, giving back to society through the university's educational and research results, to contribute to the industrial development of Niigata Prefecture and to share the appeal of Niigata's sake.

The Niigata University Sakeology Center was established at Niigata University based on this agreement. The Center takes advantage of Niigata University’s strengths as a university, drawing upon teachers from extensive research and education fields. In addition, the Center also makes the most of this collaboration between Niigata University, Niigata Prefecture, and the Niigata Sake Brewers Association, to engage in education, research, sharing information, and international exchange related to sake.

新潟県知事 花角 英世

Hideyo Hanazumi, Governor of Niigata Prefecture

I have looked forward with great anticipation to the opening of the Niigata University Sakeology Center this year and the start of lectures there, among other efforts in establishing the academic discipline of Sakeology.

These efforts are based on a partnership agreement between industry, government, and academia, and I believe that they will serve as a role model for regional revitalization that takes advantage of the unique features of the prefecture. As worldwide interest in sake continues to increase, I believe that establishing this base for academic research related to sake will help Niigata become known both domestically and internationally as a production center for sake, much as Bordeaux, France is known worldwide for its wine.
Niigata Prefecture is home to the Niigata Prefectural Sake Research Institute, Japan’s one and only prefecturally run examination and research organization dedicated to sake — just one of the prefecture’s various efforts to promote the sake industry. We hope to see a continued expansion of these broad efforts, with the Sakeology Center taking a leading role, and expect that Niigata University will become a center of learning in this field, drawing researchers and students from all over the world.
We believe that sake is a major attraction of Niigata Prefecture, worthy of being shared with the world. Niigata Prefecture will continue to put its full strength behind expanding the local sake industry, in the hopes that it leads to increased recognition of the Niigata Sake brand, drawing numerous visitors from both Japan and overseas.

August 3, 2018
Hideyo Hanazumi, Governor of Niigata Prefecture

Shunji Odaira, President the Niigata Sake Brewers Association

Shunji Odaira, President the Niigata Sake Brewers Association

To the People of Niigata University

It has already been almost a year since the agreement between Niigata University, Niigata Prefecture, and the Niigata Sake Brewers Association to establish an international study base for Sakeology. On April 1, 2018, the Niigata University Sakeology Center was officially inaugurated; I believe that the memorandum of understanding between the three was an important step.
By including Niigata Prefecture in the memorandum of understanding alongside Niigata University and the Niigata Sake Brewers Association, we achieve an even stronger triangular structure, which has enabled us to overcome numerous difficulties.
Equilateral triangles are known for their incredible strength. Niigata University serves as a center for research, and where classes can be held. The Niigata Sake Brewers Association and Niigata Prefecture provide support with respect to the University. The Niigata Sake Brewers Association serves as living educational materials on the topic of sake. In addition, the prefecture invites various people to visit Japan from overseas, increasing inbound tourism. The prefecture will continue to support efforts like these to publicize the special characteristics of Niigata sake. The Sakeology Center is the first of its kind in the world. I believe that Niigata Prefecture will become an international center of Sakeology, drawing people from around the world.
I thank you all for your support, and I hope to see many people at the Sakeology classes starting in April. I am confident that an interest in sake will serve as a first step toward developing an interest in Sakeology.

Shunji Odaira
President, Niigata Sake Brewers Association
April 1, 2018

Sugata Takahashi, President of Niigata University

Sugata Takahashi, President of Niigata University

The Niigata University Sakeology Center was established on April 1, 2018. As a precursor to this, on May 9, 2017, Niigata Prefecture, the Niigata Sake Brewers Association, and Niigata University established a partnership agreement to establish Sakeology as an academic discipline covering a broad variety of cultural and scientific fields related to sake, with the goal of establishing and developing Niigata as an international center of Sakeology study.
Based on this agreement, we decided upon the establishment of the Niigata University Sakeology Center, targeting an opening date in April of 2018. The Center takes advantage of Niigata University’s ten different faculties as a university, drawing upon teachers from extensive research and education fields. In addition, the Center also makes the most of this collaboration between Niigata University, Niigata Prefecture, and the Niigata Sake Brewers Association, to engage in education, research, sharing information, and international exchange related to sake. We will continue to strive to build Niigata University into a world-class center of Sakeology study, with ongoing efforts toward education, research, sharing information, and international exchange, further establishing the field of Sakeology. Thank you all for your warm support and cooperation.

Sugata Takahashi
President, Niigata University
April 1, 2018

Member

Name Affiliation / job title, etc Field of specialization
TAKAHASHI, Hitoshi Director / Vice President / Director of SCNU Neuropathology
ABE, Kazuhisa Vice President Computational Mechanics
SUEYOSHI, Kuni Institute of Science and Technology (Agriculture) / Professor/ Dean of Faculty of Agriculture / Vice Director of SCNU Plant nutrition/Soil science
SAWAMURA, Akira Institute of Humanities and Social Sciences (Economics) / Professor / Dean of Faculty of Economics / Vice Director of SCNU NPO / Community Development
MITSUI, Toshiaki Institute of Science and Technology (Agriculture) / Professor Plant biochemistry
JOH, Toshio Institute of Science and Technology (Agriculture) / Professor Food Biochemistry
FUJIMURA, Shinobu Institute of Science and Technology (Agriculture) / Professor Animal production science
SUZUKI, Kazushi Institute of Science and Technology (Agriculture) / Professor Applied microbiology
TAKAHASHI, Yoshihiko Institute of Science and Technology (Agriculture FC) / Professor Plant nutrition/Soil science
MOTONAGA, Yoshitaka Institute of Science and Technology (Agriculture) / Associate Professor Agricultural Informatics
SUGIMOTO, Hayuki Institute of Science and Technology (Agriculture) / Associate Professor Applied microbiology
WHITAKER, Andrew Institute of Science and Technology (Agriculture) / Associate Professor Hydrological and forest hydrology
ITO, Ryouji Institute of Science and Technology (Agriculture) / Assistant Professor Agricultural economics
WATANABE, Takeshi Institute of Science and Technology (Agriculture) / Fellow, Honorary Professor Applied microbiology
LEE, Gunyung Institute of Humanities and Social Sciences (Economics) / Professor Management Accounting
DEMURA, Hitoshi Institute of Humanities and Social Sciences (Economics) / Professor Tax law
KISHI, Yasuyuki Institute of Humanities and Social Sciences (Economics) / Associate Professor Organizational Behavior, Sociology
ARIMOTO, Satoshi Institute of Humanities and Social Sciences (Economics) / Associate Professor Costing theory
ITO, Ryoji Institute of Humanities and Social Sciences (Economics) / Associate Professor Management
NAKAHIGASHI, Masaki Institute of Humanities and Social Sciences (Economics) / Associate Professor Public finance / Public economy
TSUCHIYA, Takeshi Institute of Humanities and Social Sciences (Law) / Associate Professor Political sociology
TAMURA, Akiko Institute of Humanities and Social Sciences (Law) / Assistant Professor Career education
WATANABE, Hideo Institute of Humanities and Social Sciences (Law) / Assistant Education law
HARA, Naofumi Institute of Humanities and Social Sciences (Humanity) / Professor Japanese history
MATSUI, Katsuhiro Institute of Humanities and Social Sciences (Humanity) / Professor / Vice president Sociology
WATANABE, Noboru Institute of Humanities and Social Sciences (Humanity) / Professor Political sociology
SUGIHARA, Nahoko Institute of Humanities and Social Sciences (Humanity) / Associate Professor Regional sociology
KOMAGATA, Chinatsu Institute of Humanities and Social Sciences (Humanity) / Assistant Professor French Language Education
INO, Yoshihiro Institute of Humanities and Social Sciences (Education) / Professor Music education / Ethnomusicology
YAMAGUCHI, Tomoko Institute of Humanities and Social Sciences (Education) / Associate Professor Eating habits
HASHIMOTO, Manabu Institute of Humanities and Social Sciences (Education) / Associate Professor Wood molding and environmental art
NISHIKAWA, Shuh-ichi Institute of Science and Technology (Science) / Professor Plant biotechnology
SONE, Hirohito Institute of Medicine and Dentistry (Medicine) / Professor Endocrinilogy and Metabolism
WATANABE, Kenichi Institute of Medicine and Dentistry (Medicine) / Specially Appointed Professor Internal medicine / Functional food / Cardiology
TAKEI, Nobuyuki Brain research institute / Associate Professor Neurochemistry / Neuropharmacology
TERAO, Yutaka Institute of Medicine and Dentistry (Dentistry) / Professor Microbial infections
OKAMOTO, Keiichiro Institute of Medicine and Dentistry (Dentistry) / Associate Professor Functional basic dentistry / Surgical dentistry
KAKIHARA, Yoshito Institute of Medicine and Dentistry (Dentistry) / Assistant Professor Dental Pharmacology
YAMAZAKI, Tatsuya Institute of Science and Technology (Engineering) / Professor Information and communication engineering
SUZUKI, Takamasa Institute of Science and Technology (Engineering) / Professor Measurement and control engineering
OKAZAKI, Atsuyuki Institute of Science and Technology (Engineering) / Professor Urban planning / Landscape planning
TERAO, Hitoshi Institute of Science and Technology (Engineering) / Associate Professor City law / Public policy theory
ABE, Takashi Institute of Science and Technology (Engineering) / Associate Professor Life / Health / Medical informatics
OCHIAI, Akihito Institute of Science and Technology (Engineering) / Assistant Professor Biological specimen engineering
HORIGOME, Takashi Institute of Science and Technology (Creative studies) / Associate Professor Management
SUZUKI, Hiroshi Institute for Research Promotion / Assistant Professor Endocrinology, Metabolism
TOYODA, Mitsuyo Center for Toki and Ecological Restoration / Associate Professor Environmental Philosophy, Consensus Building Studies, Dialogical Inquiry Education
Zhang Wenting Graduate school of modern society and culture / Postdoctoral Fellow Marketing Communication
YOKOYAMA, Kiyoshi Institute for Social Innovation and Cooperation / Research Coordinator -
AWANO, Tomoko Institute for Social Innovation and Cooperation / Research Coordinator -