The Institute of Oriental Philosophy
 Research Fellows






Senior Research Fellows
Toshie Kurihara

Present Positions
Senior Research Fellow, the Institute of Oriental Philosophy
Adjunct Lecturer, Soka University
 
Fields of Research
Sociology of Religion
Women’s Studies
 
Memberships
The Japan Sociological Society
Japanese Association for Religious Studies
The Japanese Association for the Study of Religion and Society
 
Education
Soka University, Ph.D. in Sociology (2003)
 
Main Publications
・“Women in Japanese Buddhist History: Focusing on the Theory of Enlightenment of Women in Nichiren’s Teachings,” in The Challenge of Mahayana Buddhism, ed. The Institute of Oriental Philosophy (2006).

・“The 21st Century Is a Century of Women: Buddhism and Women,” The Journal of Oriental Studies 43, No. 2 (2004).

Guidance to Happiness of Women (Tokyo: Daisanbunmeisha, 2003).

To Live Wisely: Seminar of Humanity for Women 2 (Tokyo: Daisanbumeisha, 1999).

・Buddhism and Women: Soka Gakkai International's Viewpoint (2009).

・The Concept of Equality in the Lotus Sutra: The SGI's Viewpoint (2009).

・A Vision of 21st Century Oriental Thought: From the Symposium Cosponsored by the Daisaku Ikeda Research Society of Beijing University: The 21st Century Is a Century of Women--Buddhism and Women (2005).

・A History of Women in Japanese Buddhism:Nichiren's Perspectives on the Enlightenment of Women (2003).


Hiroshi Kanno


Present Positions
Senior Research Fellow, the Institute of Oriental Philosophy
Professor, Soka University
 
Fields of Research
Buddhist Studies
Chinese Buddhist Thought
 
Memberships
The International Association of Buddhist Studies
The Japanese Association of Indian and Buddhist Studies
Japanese Association for Religious Studies
The Institute of Eastern Culture
Nihon Buddhist Research Association
 
Education
The University of Tokyo, D.Litt., Buddhist Studies (1994)
 
Main Publications
(Books):
法華玄 義を読む―天台思想入門 [Reading the Fahua xuanyi: Introduction to the Tiantai Thought] (Daizō Shuppan, April 2013), 408.

南北 朝・隋代の中国仏教思想研究 [Study on Chinese Buddhist Thought of the North and South Dynasties and Sui Period] (Daizō Shuppan, February 2012), 614.

・“Saddharma and the One Buddha Vehicle in the Lotus Sūtra,” The Journal of Oriental Studies 22 (2012): 102-111.


・“The Bodhisattvas of the Earth in the Lotus Sūtra: Involvement in the Human Society,” The Journal of Oriental Studies 20 (2010): 108-128.


・“The Core of Śākyamuni Buddha’s Teachings and the Distinctive Features of the Lotus Sūtra” The Journal of Oriental Studies 19 (2009): 36-50.


・“On the Concept of ‘Slavic Impetus’ and ‘Stimulus and Response’ in the Early Period of Chinese Buddhism, Focusing on the Cases of Daosheng and Sengliang,” Buddhism and Culture in Honour of the Seventieth Birthday of Professor Dr. Kosho Tada (Tokyo: Sankibo Busshorin, November 2008): 51-74 [R].


・“The Bodhisattva Way and Valuing the Real World in the Lotus Sūtra,” The Journal of Oriental Studies 17 (2007): 180-197.

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・Saddharma and the One Buddha Vehicle in the Lotus Sutra (2012).

・The Bodhisattvas of the Earth in the Lotus Sūtra: Involvement in the Human Society (2010).

・The Core of Śākyamuni Buddha's Teachings and the Distinctive Features of the Lotus Sūtra (2009).

・The Bodhisattva Way and Valuing the Real World in the Lotus Sūtra (2007)

・The Lotus Sūtra and the Dialogue of Religions (2006)

・From the Symposium Cosponsored with the Institute of World Religions,Chinese Academy of Social Sciences: Inclusivism and Religious Tolerance in the Lotus Sūtra (2005).

・The Modern Significance of the Lotus Sutra (2004).

・Huisi's Perspective on the Lotus Sutra as Seen Through the Meaning of the Course of Ease and Bliss in the Lotus Sutra (2004).

・The Practice of Bodhisattva Never Disparaging in the Lotus Sutra and Its Reception in China and Japan (2002).

・The Reception of Lotus Sutra Thought in China (2001).

・The Reception of the Lotus Sutra in Japan (2000).


Masahiro Kobayashi


Present Positions
Senior Research Fellow
Adjunct Lecturer, Soka University
 
Fields of Research
Japanese Buddhist History
Nichiren Buddhism
 
Memberships
Japanese Association of Indian and Buddhist Studies
Nihon Buddhist Research Association
Japanese Association for Religious Studies
 
Education
Rissho University, Ph.D. in Literature, Buddhist Studies
 
Main Publications
Shumon mondai wo kangaeru (Daisan Bunmei-sha, 1991).

Nichiren no shinjitsu (Daisan Bunmei-sha, 2003).


Nihon Bukkyo no ayumi (Daisan Bunmei-sha, 2009).


Nichiren Daishonin Godenki (decipherment) (USS-shuppan, 2012).


Zuhyo de yomu Nichiren ibun (Daisan Bunmei-sha, 2012)



Shuichi Yamamoto


Present Positions
Senior Research Fellow, the Institute of Oriental Philosophy
Professor of Engineering, Soka University
Researcher, Research Center for Natural Environment
Visiting Professor, Higashi Nippon International University
 
Fields of Research
Organic Geochemistry
Environmental Education
Environmental Ethics
 
Memberships
The Geochemical Society of Japan
The Japanese Association of Organic Geochemists
The Oceanographic Society of Japan
The Geochemical Society
Japan Association of Religion and Ethics
The Japanese Society of Environmental Education
 
Education
Tokyo Metropolitan University, Ph.D. in Science (1984)
 
Main Publications
Deep Ocean Circulation, Physical and Chemical Aspects, ed. T.Teramoto, (Elsevier Science Publishers, 1993) 235-252.

Dynamics and Characterization of Marine Organic Matter, ed. Handa, N., Tanoue, E., Hama, and T., Kluwer (2000).


Natural and Laboratory-Simulated Thermal Geochemical Processes, ed. Ikan R., (Kluwer Academic Publishers, 2003).


Psychology and Buddhism, ed. Dockett, K.H., Dudley-Grant, G. R., and Bankart, (C. P., Kluwer Academic/Plenum Publishers (
2003). 

・Life and Earth: Philosophical Remedy for Environmental Problems (2011).

・Sustainability and Buddhism: How do we measure quality of life and degree of happiness? (2010).

・The Middle-way of Buddhism and Environmental Problems (2008).

・Modern Cosmology and Buddhism (2008)..

・Buddhist Perspective of Recent Advances in Science and Technology (2007).

・Symbiosis with the Global Environment: Buddhist Perspective of Environmental Education (2006).

・A Vision of 21st Century Oriental Thought: From the Symposium Cosponsored by the Daisaku Ikeda Research Society of Beijing University:Deforestation and Civilization: A Buddhist Perspective (2005).

・Environmental Ethics in Mahayana Buddhism: The Significance of Keeping Precepts (sila-paramita) and Wisdom (prajna-paramita) (2002).

・Mahayana Buddhism and Environmental Ethics: From the Perspective of the Consciousness-Only Doctrine (2001).

Yutaka Ishigami


Present Positions
Senior Research Fellow, the Institute of Oriental Philosophy
Professor, Soka University, Faculty of Letters

Fields of Research
Philosophy
Ethics

Education
Tohoku University, Ph.D. in Literature

Main Publications
Hyūmanizumu towa Nani Ka [What Is Humanism? ] (Tokyo: Daisan Bunmeisha, 1998)

Nishida Kitaro-Jikaku no Tetsugaku [Kitaro Nishida-Philosophy of Awakening] (Tokyo: Hokuju- shuppan2001)


Rinrigaku--Kachi Souzou no Ningen Gaku [Ethics as a Study of man on Value Creation] (Tokyo: Sodai shuppan-kai,
2006)


Chōwa to Seimei Songen no Shakai e [Toward a World of Harmony and Respect for Life] (Tokyo : Daisan Bunmeisha, 2008)


Rinrigaku-Shinpan [A New Edition of Ethics] (Tokyo: Division of Correspondence Education, Soka University, 2013)





Research Fellows

Yumi Ninomiya


Present Position
Research Fellow, the Institute of Oriental Philosophy
 

Field of Research
Bulgarian Culture and Language

Membership
The Japanese Association of Russian Scholars

Education
Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski,” Ph.D. in Philosophy (1993)

Main Publications
  (Bulgarian)
 ・Опит за диалог между цивилизации – хармония между Бог и Човек при Исихасткото учение. (Experience of dialogue between civilizations – harmony of God and human at Hesychasm) сб. Манастирската култура на Балканите. 2004.
 
(English)
・“The Image of the Mother in the Poetry of Daisaku Ikeda,” The Journal of Oriental Studies 18 (2008): 142-148.
 
(Japanese)
・“St. Gregory Palamas’ Thoughts and its Development – St. Evtimiy Turnovski in Bulgarian," Global Civilization and Religion (Tokyo: The Institute of Oriental Philosophy, March 2013), 246-228


・The Image of the Mother in the Poetry of SGI President Ikeda (2008).


Ken’ichi Maegawa


Present Position
Research Fellow, the Institute of Oriental Philosophy
Associate Professor, Graduate School of Letters, Soka University

 
Field of Research
History of Japanese Buddhist Doctrines
 
Memberships
Japanese Association for Religious Studies
Japanese Association of Indian and Buddhist Studies
The Japanese Society for Ethics
Japan Association for Bioethics
Association of Japanese Intellectual History
 
Education
The University of Tokyo, D.Litt. (2002)
 
Main Publications
 ・Myōe no Shisōshi-teki Kenkyū: Shisō-kōzō to Sho-jissen no Tenkai [A Study on Myōe’s Thought in Historical Perspective: Structure of his Thought and Development of his Practices] (Kyoto: Hōzōkan, February 2012).

Myōe Shōnin Yume-no-ki Yakuchū [Annotated Translation of Myōe’s Dream Diary], ed. Isao Okuda, Tae Hirano, and Ken’ichi Maegawa (Tokyo: Bensei Shuppan, February 2015)

  ・ “A Defense of Selective Abortion” in The Future of Life and Death: Contemporary Bioethics in Europe and Japan (Tokyo: The University of Tokyo, March 2007), 107-110.

  ・“Japanese Pure Land Buddhism: Some Minor Movements in the Pure Land Tradition,” in Northern Buddhism in History ed. Shanker Thapa (Kathmandu: Vajra Publication, July 2008), 137-149.

・Modern Nichirenist Discourses on Life and Jōsei Toda's Buddhist Thought in the Journal of Oriental Philosophy 20 (2010).

・Inter-religious Dialogue in Shūron, a Kyōgen Play in the Journal of Oriental Philosophy 17 (2007).


Mikio Matsuoka


Present Positions
Research Fellow, the Institute of Oriental Philosophy
Director, the Institute of Oriental Thought
Professor, Higashi Nippon International University
 
Fields of Research
Social Philosophy
Buddhist Philosophy
 
Memberships
Japanese Association for Religious Study
Japanese Association of Indian and Buddhist Studies
 
Education
The University of Tokyo, Ph.D. in Social Science Studies (2004)
 
Main Publications
・Nichiren Bukkyō no shakai shisōteki tenkai : kindai Nihon no shūkyōteki ideorogī (University of Tokyo Press, 2005 )

・“The Buddhist Concept of the Human Being: From the Viewpoint of the Philosophy of the Soka Gakkai,” The Journal of Oriental Studies 15 (2005): 50-65.

・“Kitaro Nishida’s A Study of Good and Contemporary Environmental Ethics-Through a Comparison with Deep Ecology,” The Bulletin of the Institute of Oriental Philosophy 15 (1999): 45-67.

A Vision of 21st Century Oriental Thought: From the Symposium Cosponsored by the Daisaku Ikeda Research Society
of Beijing University: The Buddhist Concept of the Human Being: From the Viewpoint of the Philosophy of the Soka Gakkai (2005).


Kyoko Oshima


Present Positions

Research Fellow, the Institute of Oriental Philosophy

Field of Research

International Studies
Peace Studies
 
Memberships
International Peace Research Association
The Japan Association of International Relations
The Peace Studies Association of Japan
Japanese Educational Research Association
The Socio-Economic History Society
 
Education
Meijigakuin University, Master of Economics
Meijigakuin University, Master of International Studies
 
Main Publications
・“The research on social studies teachers of high schools in the U.S.”
 PRIME (The Journal of Peace Research Institute Meijigakuin) vol. 2 (1994).

・“Comparison between Japan and the U.S. : Atomic bombing described in the Historical Textbooks” Peace Studies (The
Journal of the Peace Studies Association of Japan) vol. 21 (1996)
.

The Historical Textbooks in The World-Comparison in Eleven Countries
(co‐author Akashi shoten, 2002)

・“Peace Education and Nonviolence Education in the U.S.,” The Bulletin of the Institute of Oriental Philosophy 19 (2004).


Katsuaki Onishi


Present Position
Research Fellow, the Institute of Oriental Philosophy
 
Field of Research
Sociology of Religion
 
Memberships
The Japan Sociological Society
Japanese Association for Religious Studies
The Japanese Association for the Study of Religion and Society
 
Education
Toyo University, Ph.D. in Sociology
 
Main Publications
A sociological study of Honmon Butsuryuko and Soka Gakkai―religious exclusivism and practicality―(Ronso sha, 2009).

・“Genesis, expansion, and transfiguration of the vitalistic conception of salvation among Nichiren-affiliated New Religions ―Transformations in the Understanding of salvation of Soka Gakkai―,” Toyo University Oriental Study 47 (2010): 228-210.


Hideyuki Matsumori


Present Positions
Research Fellow, the Institute of Oriental Philosophy
 
Field of Research
Buddhist Studies (Chinese Buddhism)
 
Memberships
Japanese Association of Indian and Buddhist Studies
Japanese Association for Religious Studies
 
Education
Renmin University of China, Ph.D. in Philosophy (2012)
Soka University, Ph.D. in Humanities (2013)
 
Main Publications
A Study on Tiantai school's thought on the Lotus Sutra in Tang dynasty: A Study on Zhanran's Subcommentaries on Zhiyi's Commentaries on the Lotus Sutra (Kyoto: Hozokan, 2016)

・“On Zhidu and his Tiantai fahua shu yizuan (The supplement to the meaning of Tiantai’s commentaries on the Lotus Sutra)” in the ZHONG RI HAN TIANTAI XUESHU DUIHUA (Beijing: People’s publishing house, 2011), 93-97.

 ・“Analysis of the Criticism of the Fahua wenju ji in Zhidu’s Tiantai fahua shu yizuan” The journal of Indian and Buddhist Studies 59, No.2 (March 2011): 559-564.


Takao Ito


Present Positions
Research Fellow, the Institute of Oriental Philosophy
Professor, Soka University
 
Fields of Research
Philosophy
History of Thought
 
Memberships
The Philosophical Association of Japan
Japan Society of Existential Thought
Japanische Kant-Gesellschaft
Japan Schopenhauer-Association
John Dewey Society of Japan
Japan Society for the Study of Pestalozzi and Froebel
 
Education
Soka University, Ph.D. in Humanities
 
Main Publications
Books:
Schopenhauer's Social Philosophy―Wars, Laws, and States, Kyoto: Kyoto Shobo, 2014 

Papers:
"Social Philosophy of the Principle of Reason―Hegel and Schopenhauer," Journal No. 18, Japanische Hegel-Gesellschaft, 2002.

・"Observation of the Feeling of the Beautiful and Sublime" as the Starting Point of Kant's Cosmopolitanism," Contemporary Study of Kant Vol. 12. The Japanese Study group of Immanuel Kant, 2012.


・”Fichte's Receptivity to Pestalozzi," Journal No. 22, The Japanese Society of the Study of Pestalozzi and Froebel, 2010.

・"Reading Resistance: The Record of Tsunesaburo Makiguchi's Interrogation by Wartime Japan's "Thought Police," Educational Studies, Vol. 45, April (2009)

Translations:
・Correspondence Between Schiller and Goethe, Ushio Shuppan, Japan, 2016.

・Complete Works of Hermann Hesse, Series II: Essays, Vol. 8: The Political Essays, Rinsen Shoten, Japan, 2010.

・Complete Works
of Hermann Hesse, Series I: Novels, Vol. 4: Beneath the Wheel, Risen Shoten, Japan, 2005.



Masahiro Yaginuma


Present Positions
Research Fellow, the Institute of Oriental Philosophy
Part-time Instructor, Soka University’s Division of   
Correspondence Education
 
Fields of Research
History of Western Thought
 
Membership
Japan Society for Medieval European Studies
The Japanese Society for Renaissance Studies

Education
Soka University, Ph.D. in Humanities
 
Main Publications
・“Erasmian Quotation from St. Jerome in Antibarbarorum liber
ἔκφρασις 2 (Waseda University, 2012).

・“Introduction and Translation of ‘FESTINA LENTE’ from Adages of Erasmus”

Jinbun-Ronshu 22 (Soka University, 2010).


Ryo Chonabayashi


Present Positions
Research Fellow, the Institute of Oriental Philosophy
Part-time Lecturer, Soka University

Fields of Research
Philosophy, Ethics

Membership
The Philosophical Association of Japan
Philosophy of Science Society, Japan
Japan Association for the Contemporary and Applied Philosophy
Japanese Society for British Philosophy

Education
Soka University, B.A. in Humanities
Bristol University, M.A. in Philosophy
Cardiff University, Ph.D. in Philosophy

Main Publications
・ "In Defending the Epistemic Account of Moral Progress” Ravenshaw Journal of Philosophy, vol. 1, 2015.
・ "On the Recent Debates Concerning Moral Particularism” Contemporary and Applied Philosophy, vol. 6, 2015.
・ "Tsunesaburo Makiguchi’s Naturalistic Theory of Value” The Journal of the Institute of Oriental Philosophy, vol. 31, 2015.
・ "Two Versions of the Explanationist Argument for Naturalistic Moral Realism” Law and Philosophy, vol. 6, 2016.



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