Business and Labor History
American Immigration History
- The History of the Safety Movement and the Personnel Management
in the Progressive Period.
- Environmental Business History
- Social History of Immigrant Labor in the Chicago Area.
- History of American Documentary Photography:
The Transformation of Industrial Images between the World Wars.
My recent research has focused on the history of the "Safety First"
movement from the late nineteenth century to the 1920s in the U.S. It is
based on a wide range of historical materials (archival collections,
company records, published documents, and trade journals), collected in
the United States and Japan. My research also looks at the relationship
and interaction of industrial accident prevention activities with other
management and labor reform movements, such as personnel management. I
have continued to work more broadly on US influence of "Safety First" on
Japanese business in the early twentieth century.
This research has been carried out for about ten years, seven of which
were supported by a major grant from Japanese government,
and it has already generated a series of articles, including several
refereed journal articles. All of my articles were written in Japanese,
I have a plan to publish them in English.
I have been also interested in the methodological theme of combining
business history with environmental history, which has
resulted in some additional publications, including a chapter article of
New Perspectives on America's Economic Past (published in 2003).
Chapter Articles of Books
- "Asbestos Problems from Environmental Business Historical Perspective."
In The Affluent Society and the Environment, ed. Akimoto
Eiichi and Ojio Kazuhito,243-66 (ch. 11). Kyoto: Minerva, 2006.
- "Green Business History: The Interaction between Business History,
Environmental History, and Industrial Ecology." In New Perspectives
on America's Economic Past, ed. Okada Yasuo and Suto Isao, 159-89
(Ch. 7). Tokyo: Keio University Press, 2003.
- "Americanization and Factory Discipline: Unskilled Immigrant
Laborers in the U.S. Steel Industry, 1900-1916." Kansai Society for
the Study of American History, American History Review 18 (2000):
- "Industrial Efficiency through Committee Management Systems: The
Evolution of the International Harvester's Industrial Council
Plan." Kyoto Sangyo University, Economics and Business
Administration Review 35 (June 2001): 56-117.
- "Arthur H. Young and His Times: The Story of a Steelworker,
1882-1905." Economics and Business Administration Review 33 (March 1999): 201-22.
- "The Spreading of the Gospel of Safety: The Safety Movement and
Immigrants in the Progressive Period." Japanese Association for
American Studies, American Review 31 (March 1997): 19-40.
- "Safety Movement and Industrial Relations: The Early Phases of the
Personnel Management Movement in America, 1908-1915." Japan
Business History Review 31 (January 1997): 1-31.
- "Industrial Safety Through Statistics: U.S. Bureau of Labor
Statistics and Safety Men, 1910-1917." Chuo University, Journal of
Commerce 36 (March 1995): 109-46.
- "Safety Men and the Rise of Personnel Management in the Progressive
Period, 1905-1923." Memoirs of Hokkaido Joho University 6 (March
- "Safety Men" and the 20th-Century Beginnings of the Safety
Movement." Memoirs of Hokkaido Joho University 6 (September 1994): 17-36.
- "Safety Movement, Employment Management, and Labor:
Illinois Steel Company, 1907-1916."
Japan Business History Review 29, no. 1 (April 1994): 1-30.
Encyclopedia and Other Shorter Articles
- "Welfare Capitalism." In Business History in the
World: Basic Facts and Concepts, ed. Business History Society
of Japan, 84-85. Tokyo: Yuhikaku,
- "Green Business History Bibliography." Kyoto Management Review 4
- "Recollections of the Business Historical Scholarship in Japan:
U.S. Business and Labor History, 1993." Japan Business History
Review 30 (April 1995): 87-96.
(mainly on the history of American photography and
on my NGO activities)
- "Walking along the Aota River: Learning History for the Solution of
Environmental Problems." Report of the Machida Information Center
for People's Action, no. 15 (30 November 2001): 2.
- "Myths and Social Science: Learning from John Luskin's Economics."
Memoirs of Hokkaido Joho University 8 (September 1996): 63-72.
- "Traditional Medicine in Bangladesh: A Historical Perspective."
Japan Overseas Christian Medial Cooperative Service, Live Together,
no. 268 (10 March 1996): 8.
- "Looking at History." In Descendants of Robinson: Memoirs in
celebration of Professor Yamashita Yukio, 35-39. Sapporo: Privately
- "Research Tour in Cambodia: As a Volunteer Photographer." Japan
Overseas Christian Medial Cooperative Service, JOCS Forum, no. 14
(April 1995): 107-17.
- A series of small essays on Cambodia in Dosanko, organ of the
Hokkaido Organization for Primary Health Care, 1994-1995.
- "Cambodia's Economy and Society in Its Historical Settings: An NGO
Photographer's View (photo-essay), I &II." Memoirs of Hokkaido Joho
University 5 (March 1994): 160-80; 6 (September 1994): 158-69.
- "Photo essay: Cambodia." Japan Overseas Christian Medial Cooperative
Service, Live Together, no. 241 (10 June 1993): 12-13.
- "Moholy-Nagy and the New Bauhaus in Chicago." Asahi Camera (June
1990): 118-19; (July 1990): 126-27. (Asahi Camera is a major
commercial magazine of photography in Japan)
- "Lewis W. Hine: Photography as a Historical Testimony." Asahi Camera
(November 1990): 127.
- "The Forgotten Ones: Milton Rogovin's Social Photography." Asahi
Camera (September 1990): 118.
- "Wallace Kirkland's Photographs and Hull-House." Asahi Camera (July
- "George Barnard: Photography Exhibition in Chicago." Asahi Camera
(May 1990): 134.
Membership of Academic Societies
Business History Society of Japan
The Socio-Economic History Society
Japanese Association for American Studies
American Economic History Society of Japan
The Japanese Asociation for American History
Kansai Society for the Study of American History
Society fot eh Study of Social Policy
The Historical Science Society of Japan