(Last Updated: Dec 21, 2021 09:05)

Kuniko Ishiguro

Department of Business Economics



  1. 2008 Ph.D. - East Asian Studies, University of Sheffield
  2. 2003 M.Sc. - East Asian Business, University of Sheffield
  3. 1986 B.A. - French Language and Literature, Gakushuin University

Teaching and Research Interests:

Gender in Business, Strategic Human Resource Management, Career Development, East Asian Political Economy and Management , Gender and work in film

Academic Appointments/Professional Experience

2017 -

Adjunct Lecturer, Tokyo University of Foreign Studies

2015 -

Associate Professor, Tokyo International University

2015 -

Adjunct Lecturer, Bunkyo Gakuin University

2014 - 2015

Associate Professor Bunkyo Gakuin University

2012 - 2014

Assistant Professor, Bunkyo Gakuin University

2010 - 2015

Adjunct Lecturer, Musashi University

2009 - 2012

Assistant Professor, University of Tokyo

1998 - 2001

Human Resource Manager, Nike Japan Corp.

1992 - 1998

Human Resource Supervisor, Toys"R"Us-Japan, Ltd.

1986 - 1990

Brand Coordinator, Onward Kashiyama Co., Ltd.

Fellowship & Grants

2010 -

JSPS Grants-in-Aid for Scientific Research: 19K12611(2019-); 16K02045(2017-2020); 25360046(2014-2016); 22510283(2010-2013)


John Crump Research Fund, British Association for Japanese Studies


Japan Foundation Endowment Committee Research Fund

Selected Publications/Conference Papers

‘Josei Kanrishoku no Shigoto to Kyaria: Denmāku Chosa karano Kōsatsu (Work and Career Development of Women Managers in Denmark)’, Journal of Ohara Institute for Social Research, No. 703, pp. 32-49. (2017)

‘Kaigai Shinshutsu Kigyō no Jinteki Shigen Kanri: YKK no Jirei kara (Human Resource Management of Japanese Enterprises Overseas: A Case Study of YKK Turkey)’, pp. 141-166 in Sekine, K., Yildirim, Y. E., & Kawabe, N. (Eds.), Toruko to Nihon no Keizai Kankei: Kokusai Kyōdō Kenkyū (The Economic and Business Relations between Turkey and Japan: International Joint Research). Tokyo: General Research Institute, Bunkyo Gakuin University. (2016)

‘Shimbunsha ni okeru Kyaria Keisei: Asahi Shimbunsha, Mainichi Shimbunsha no Shōshinsha Kyaria no Tenkai ni kansuru Dēta karano Kōsatsu (Career formation in the newspaper industry: Cases of employees' career promotions at Asahi Shimbun and Mainichi Shimbun)’. Journal of Japan Society of Directories, 12, pp. 32-42. (Ishiguro, K. and Cho, H., 2014)

‘Popular Culture and Workplace Gendering among Variety of Capitalism: Working women and their Representation in Japanese Manga’, Gender, Work and Organization, Vol.21, pp. 472-489. (Matanle, P., Ishiguro, K. and McCann, L., 2014)

‘Japanese Employment in Transformation: The Growing Number of Non-regular Workers’, pp. 179-213 in Iles, T. and Matanle, P. (eds.), Researching Twenty-First Century Japan: New Directions and Approaches for the Electronic Age. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books. (2012)

‘Changes in Japanese Companies’ Personnel Management Practices relating to Female Employees: From the Early 1980s to the Early 2000s.’ pp. 129-163 in Horn, S. (Ed.), Emerging Perspectives in Japanese Human Resource Management. Frankfurt am Main: Peter Lang. (2011)

Institute for International Strategy