Full-time Faculty Members, Specially Appointed Faculty Members

Brewing Unit
Director / Professor

SUZUKI Kazushi

【Research Areas】

Applied Microbiology, Molecular Microbiology, Sakeology

【Research Summary】

I am conducting research on microorganisms involved in the sake brewing process in collaboration with the Niigata Prefectural Sake Research Institute. Previously, our research group isolated yeast from wisteria flowers and bred it for sake brewing. I am mainly studying the regulation mechanism of gene expression in bacteria. I will continue to develop this research in sake brewing.

Brewing Unit
Vice Director / Professor

HIRATA Dai

【Research Areas】

Yeast Genetics, Molecular Cell Biology, Zymurgy for Healthy Aging, Sakeology

【Research Summary】

To aim for a healthy and long-lived society, I conduct the following two studies using yeast, which is important for alcoholic fermentation. (1) Research on healthy aging using yeasts as a human model organism, (2) Research on Japanese sake brewing using yeasts as a tool for alcoholic fermentation.

Brewing Unit
Specially Appointed Assistant Professor

NISHIDA Ikuhisa

【Research Areas】

Yeast Genetics, Metabolic Engineering, Applied Microbiology, Zymurgy for Healthy Aging, Sakeology

【Research Summary】

To aim for a healthy and long-lived society, I conduct the following two studies using yeast, which is important for alcoholic fermentation. (1) Research on healthy aging using yeasts as a human model organism, (2) Research on new functional components produced from Japanese sake brewing products.

Brewing Unit
Specially Appointed Assistant Professor

MIYAMOTO Takuji

【Research Areas】

Plant Nutrition, Plant Physiology, Plant Biochemistry, Plant Genetics, Sakeology

【Research Summary】

My work aims to establish an environmentally balanced cultivation of high-quality rice for sake brewing. Impacts on growth and phsiological state of rice plants, and quality of sake -brewing rice grains by soil nutritional conditions are analyzed. In addition, I strive to find a mechanism which contributes to improved resistance to low fertilizer inputs in sake -brewing rice cultivars.

Society and Culture Unit
Vice Director / Associate Professor

KISHI Yasuyuki

【Research Areas】

Management & Sociology, Globalization of Sake, Organization Studies on Sake Companies, Sakeology

【Research Summary】

Yasuyuki Kishi is an Associate Professor of Management and Sociology with research interests in globalzation of sake and organization studies on sake compnaies. He strives to reveal how traditional sector makes innovation happpen based on sociological theories and qualitative approach.

Society and Culture Unit
Assistant

WATANABE Hideo

【Research Areas】

Regional Society Law, Sakeology

【Research Summary】

There are various statutory regulations governing the process of Japanese sake from its production to sale.
It is necessary to consider what kind of laws and regulations are appropriate as global standards because now "SAKE" has been drunk all over the world.
I study what the law should be for the sake business as a traditional Japanese industry.

Society and Culture Unit
Specially Appointed Assistant Professor

HATA Yuki

【Research Areas】

Cultural History of Japan, Sakeology

【Research Summary】

My research work focuses on the cultural history of foods and drinks, including sake . I aim to understand not only the cultural meanings of individual foods or drinks but also the significance of eating and drinking for Japanese people, by analysing the foods and drinks described in literature from the Muromachi to the Edo period (especially from the 16th to 19th centuries) .

Health Unit
Assistant Professor

KAKIHARA Yoshito

【Research Areas】

Pharmacology, Molecular Biology, Biochemistry, Sakeology

【Research Summary】

We are searching for functional ingredients in sake and sake lees and studying their effects on human health. Compared to wine, the health benefits of many of the components of sake (other than alcohol) have not yet been clarified. Therefore, we are committed to discovering their effects, sometimes helped by the power of sake .

Health Unit
Specially Appointed Assistant Professor

YAMAMOTO Masahiko

【Research Areas】

Endocrinology and Metabolism, Diabetology, Epidemiology, Sakeology

【Research Summary】

Masahiko Yamamoto, MD, PhD is a clinical endocrinologist and a clinical researcher with particular interests in diabetes and its complications. Dr. Yamamoto is a Board Certified Consultant Diabetologist of the Japan Diabetes Society and a Board Certified Trainer of the Japanese Society of Internal Medicine. He also specializes in the epidemiology and human metabolome of endocrinology and metabolism.

Health Unit
Specially Appointed Assistant Professor

SATO Mami

【Research Areas】

Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, Sakeology

【Research Summary】

I have studied on physiological role of amino acid transporter, especially in cancer metastasis and cell death. I will expand this research background to discover novel health-beneficial bioactive compounds in byproducts of sake backed up with mechanistic study at such cellular and animal levels. My mission is cultivating some potential aspects of sake beyond as a beverage.

Cooperating Faculty Members (alphabetical order)

ABE Kazuhisa

Title:
Professor
Affiliation:
Faculty of Engineering
Research Areas:
Applied Mechanics

ABE Takashi

Title:
Associate Professor
Affiliation:
Faculty of Engineering
Research Areas:
Bioinformatics, Data Science, Environmental Microbiology

FUJIMURA Shinobu

Title:
Professor
Affiliation:
Faculty of Agriculture
Research Areas:
Nutrition, Food Science

HARA Naofumi

Title:
Professor
Affiliation:
Faculty of Humanities
Research Areas:
Japanese Early Modern History

HASHIMOTO Manabu

Title:
Associate Professor
Affiliation:
Faculty of Engineering
Research Areas:
Design, Environmental Art

HORIGOME Takashi

Title:
Associate Professor
Affiliation:
College of Creative Studies
Research Areas:
Management/Health CareDelivery System/Regional Management

IMAMOTO Keisuke

Title:
Associate Professor
Affiliation:
Faculty of Law
Research Areas:
Administrative Law, Tax Law, Financial Law

INO Yoshihiro

Title:
Professor
Affiliation:
Faculty of Education
Research Areas:
Folk Music, Music Education

ISHIZUKA Chikako

Title:
Specially Appointed Assistant Professor
Affiliation:
Faculty of Economic Sciences
Research Areas:
Consumer Behavior

ITO Ryoji

Title:
Assistant Professor
Affiliation:
Faculty of Agriculture
Research Areas:
Agricultural Economics

JOH Toshio

Title:
Professor
Affiliation:
Faculty of Agriculture
Research Areas:
Food Biochemistry (taste, flavor and function of foods)

KAKIHARA Nahoko

Title:
Associate Professor
Affiliation:
Faculty of Medicine
Research Areas:
Nursing Care Development, Complementary and Alternative Medicine, Anti-Aging

KAKU Masaru

Title:
Associate Professor
Affiliation:
Faculty of Dentistry
Research Areas:
Prosthodontics, Stem Cell, Collagen Biosynthesis

KOMAGATA Chinatsu

Title:
Assistant Professor
Affiliation:
Faculty of Economic Sciences
Research Areas:
Language Education, Intercultural Education

LEE Gunyung

Title:
Specially Appointed Professor
Affiliation:
Faculty of Economics
Research Areas:
Management Accounting, Business Process Management

MATSUI Daisuke

Title:
Associate Professor
Affiliation:
Faculty of Engineering
Research Areas:
Urban Planning, Streetscape Design, Urban Design

MATSUI Katsuhiro

Title:
Professor
Affiliation:
Faculty of Humanities
Research Areas:
Sociology

MITSUI Toshiaki

Title:
Professor
Affiliation:
Faculty of Agriculture
Research Areas:
Applied Molecular and Cellular Biology, Plant Biochemistry

MOTONAGA Yoshitaka

Title:
Associate Professor
Affiliation:
Faculty of Agriculture
Research Areas:
Agricultural Informatics & Food Engineering

NAKAHIGASHI Masaki

Title:
Associate Professor
Affiliation:
Faculty of Economic Sciences
Research Areas:
Public Finance

NAKAMURA Kazutoshi

Title:
Professor
Affiliation:
Faculty of Medicine
Research Areas:
Preventive Medicine

NISHIKAWA Shuh-ichi

Title:
Professor
Affiliation:
Faculty of Science
Research Areas:
Molecular Cell Biology

OCHIAI Akihito

Title:
Associate Professor
Affiliation:
Faculty of Engineering
Research Areas:
Biomaterials, Protein engineering

OHTAKE Norikuni

Title:
Professor
Affiliation:
Faculty of Agriculture
Research Areas:
Plant Nutrition

OKAMOTO Keiichiro

Title:
Associate Professor
Affiliation:
Faculty of Dentistry
Research Areas:
Pain, Neuroscience, Dentistry

OKAZAKI Atsuyuki

Title:
Professor
Affiliation:
Faculty of Engineering
Research Areas:
Urban Planning, Urban Design, Historic Preservation, Public Participation

SATO Hideyo

Title:
Professor
Affiliation:
Faculty of Medicine
Research Areas:
Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

SHISHIDO Kunihisa

Title:
Professor
Affiliation:
Faculty of Economic Sciences
Research Areas:
Local Public Administration and Finance

SONE Hirohito

Title:
Professor
Affiliation:
Faculty of Medicine
Research Areas:
Prevention and care of non-communicable diseases and cardiovascular diseases with a focus on diabetes, Diet, Exercise, and Medical big data science

SUGIHARA Nahoko

Title:
Associate Professor
Affiliation:
Faculty of Humanities
Research Areas:
Sociology (Gender Theory)

SUGIMOTO Hayuki

Title:
Associate Professor
Affiliation:
Faculty of Agriculture
Research Areas:
Protein Science,Applied Microbiology

SUZUKI Hiroshi

Title:
Specially Appointed Assistant Professor
Affiliation:
Institute for Research Promotion
Research Areas:
Internal Medicine of Endocrinology & Metabolism, Functional Food

SUZUKI Takamasa

Title:
Professor
Affiliation:
Faculty of Engineering
Research Areas:
Ultra-precision Optical Measurement

TAKEI Nobuyuki

Title:
Associate Professor
Affiliation:
Brain Research Institute
Research Areas:
Neuroscience

TAMURA Akiko

Title:
Assistant Professor
Affiliation:
Faculty of Law
Research Areas:
Career Development, Internship for Law Students

TANAKA Emiko

Title:
Associate Professor
Affiliation:
Faculty of Humanities, Education
Research Areas:
History of Western Art

TANAKA Shinji

Title:
Professor
Affiliation:
Faculty of Law
Research Areas:
Social Security Law

TANAKA Yoshihiro

Title:
Professor
Affiliation:
Faculty of Law
Research Areas:
Administrative law, Environmental law

TERAO Hitoshi

Title:
Associate Professor
Affiliation:
Faculty of Engineering
Research Areas:
Urban Planning Law, Community Development

TOYODA Mitsuyo

Title:
Associate Professor
Affiliation:
Sado Island Center for Ecological Sustainability
Research Areas:
Environmental Philosophy, Consensus Building, Dialogue-based Education

WATANABE Naoki

Title:
Associate Professor
Affiliation:
Research Center for Natural Hazards and Disaster Recovery
Research Areas:
Hydrogeology, Natural Disaster Science

WATANABE Noboru

Title:
Professor
Affiliation:
Faculty of Humanities
Research Areas:
Sociology

WHITAKER Andrew

Title:
Associate Professor
Affiliation:
Faculty of Agriculture
Research Areas:
Catchment Hydrology

YAMAGUCHI Tomoko

Title:
Associate Professor
Affiliation:
Faculty of Education
Research Areas:
Food Science, Cookery Science, Food Culture

YAMAZAKI Tatsuya

Title:
Professor
Affiliation:
Faculty of Engineering
Research Areas:
Information and Communication Engineering

ZHANG Wenting

Title:
Lecturer
Affiliation:
Faculty of Economic Sciences
Research Areas:
Small and Medium Enterprises, Marketing Communication

*as of March 2021

Promotion Office

Specially Appointed Professor

ONO Yoshiko

【Role】

International Exchange, Cooperation with Industry-Government-Academia etc.

Academic and Administrative Staff

KAKIHARA Masayo

【Role】

International Exchange, Information Dissemination etc.

Assistant Technical Staff

MATSUDA Mai

【Role】

Assistance with Equipment Management, Assistance with Experimental Training, etc.