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last modified:2020/03/26

Professor Nakano Ryoko


Faculty, Affiliation

Faculty of Law, Institute of Human and Social Sciences

College and School Educational Field

Division of International Studies, Graduate School of Human and Socio-Environmental Studies
Graduate School of Human and Socio-Environmental Studies
Global Studies Course, School of International Studies, College of Human and Social Sciences


Academic Background

【Academic background(Doctoral/Master's Degree)】
Kobe University Master Politics 2000 Completed
University of Wales, Aberystwyth Master International Relations 2001 Completed
University of Oxford Doctor International Relations 2005 Completed
【Academic background(Bachelor's Degree)】
Nanzan Junior College Department of English 1996
Nanzan University Department of British and American Studies 1998
Bachelor of Arts (Political Communication)
Masters of Arts (Politics)
Master of Economic and Social Studies (International Politics)
Doctor of Philosophy


National University of Singapore Department of Japanese Studies Assistant Professor(2008/07/07-2016/03/31)
Nanzan University Institute for Social Ethics Research Fellow (Part-time)(2010/04/01-)

Year & Month of Birth


Academic Society

The Japan Association of International Relations
British International Studies Association
International Studies Association
Japan Association of Global Governance



International Relations Theory, International Political Thought, International Relations in East Asia

Speciality Keywords

international order, identity, norm, cultural heritage, political thought, Japan, Asia

Research Themes

International political dynamics of cultural heritage making

UNESCO's heritage programmes such as World Heritage and the Memory of the World promotes the heritage of outstanding universal value or world significance. In this regard, the inscription of the Nanjing Massacre documents into the "Memory of the World" Register in 2015 reflects an increasingly globalized concern over human rights issues in the post–Cold War era. At the same time, however, this decision has generated new controversy, because Japan (the perpetrator of the Nanjing Massacre) has expressed grave concerns over the inscription. This project will examine the origin, development and challenges of UNESCO's heritage programmes.


  •  Oga Toru, Nakano Ryoko, Matsumoto Saho Reconstruction of Inclusive Society, Vol III: Competition and Convergence of International Norms Horitsu Bunka sha 2020
  •  Jochen Prantl and Ryoko Nakano Children and the Responsibility to Protect Brill/Nijhoff  2019/06/03
  •  Felix Roesch and Atsuko Watanabe Japanese Political Thought and International Relations Rowman and Littlefield 2018/09
  •  Kevin Blackburn, Ryoko Nakano Exhibiting the Fall: Remembering and Representing the War and its Aftermath in Asia National Museum of Singapore 2018/03/19
  •  Masaki Kawashima, ed. _Towards a Common Memory: 70th Anniversary of the World War II's End 2015

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  •  Pham Quang Minh, ed. Nhật Bản trong thời đại châu Á [Vietnamese: Japan in the Age of Asia]  Thegioi Publishers 2014
  •  Ryoko Nakano _Beyond the Western Liberal Order: Yanaihara Tadao and Empire as Society_ Palgrave Macmillan 2013
  •  Jochen Prantl, ed. _Effective Multilateralism: Through the Looking Glass of East Asia_ Palgrave 2013
  •  Amanda Russell Beattie & Kate Schick, eds.,  _The Vulnerable Subject: Beyond Rationalism in International Relations_ Palgrave 2013
  •  Robbie Shilliam, ed. _International Relations and Non-Western Thoughts: Imperialism, Colonialism and Investigations of Global Modernity_ Routledge 2010
  •  Andrew J Waskey, Fred R. Nadis, eds. _World History Encyclopaedia, Era 9: Promises and Paradoxes, 1945-Present_ ABC-CLIO  2010
  •  James H. Overfield, ed. _World History Encyclopaedia, Era 7: The Age of Revolutions, 1750-1914_ ABC-CLIO 2010


  •  Heritage Soft Power in East Asia's Memory Contests: Promoting and Objecting to Dissonant Heritage in UNESCO Ryoko Nakano Journal of Contemporary Eastern Asia  17 1 50-67 2018/07/31 
  •  The Unintended Consequences of UNESCO's Documentary Heritage Program: Shaming without Naming Ryoko Nakano ASR: Chiang Mai University Journal of Social Sciences and Humanities 5 2 99-113 2019 
  •  The Wilsonian Moment in Yanaihara Tadao’s Political Thought  Ryoko Nakano Japanese Journal of Political Science 19 4 600-611 2018 
  •  A Failure of Global Documentary Heritage? UNESCO's 'Memory of the World' and Heritage Dissonance in East Asia  Ryoko Nakano Contemporary Politics 24 4 481-496 2018 
  •  The Politics of Norm Glocalisation: Limits in Applying R2P to Protecting Children Jochen Prantl, Ryoko Nakano GR2P 10 1-2 97-120 2018/03/26 

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  •  Normative feedback loops in UNESCO's heritage programmes Ryoko Nakano Kanazawa-Hogaku 60 2 109-122頁 2018
  •  "Sino-Japanese Territorial Dispute and the Perception of Threat and Power Transition" The Pacific Review 29 2 165-186 2016 
  •  "Nostalgic Asianism in Postwar Japan: The TV Drama Kaiketsu Harimau" Ryoko Nakano Electronic Journal of Contemporary Japanese Studies 14 1 2014 
  •  "Global Norm Diffusion in East Asia: How China and Japan Implement the Responsibility to Protect" Jochen Prantl, Ryoko Nakano International Relations 25 2 204-223 2011 
  •  "The Systemization of Global Norm Construction: Responsibility to Protect in East Asia" Ryoko Nakano _Society and Ethics_ 25 223-239 2011
  •  "The Responsibility to Protect as a Global Norm: Perspectives from Japan and China" Ryoko Nakano _Society and Ethics_ 22 98-109 2008
  •  "'Pre-History' of International Relations in Japan: Yanaihara Tadao’s Dual Perspective of Empire" Ryoko Nakano Millennium: Journal of International Studies 35 2 301-319 2007 
  •  "Uncovering Shokumin: Yanaihara Tadao’s Concept of Global Civil Society" Ryoko Nakano Social Science Japan Journal 9 2 187-202 2006 
  •  Ethics and Norms in International Relations: A Christian Social Scientist, Yanaihara Tadao Ryoko Nakano _Society and Ethics_ 20 127-138 2006
  •  "Ikenberry, American Empire, and US-Japan Relationship" Ryoko Nakano Nanzan Review of American Studies 2005  65-74 2006
  •  "Yanahara Tadao and International Cooperatism" Ryoko Nakano _Peace Studies Seminar Journal_ 3 89-102 2000
  •  "Yanaihara Tadao and the Pursuit of International Peace" Ryoko Nakano _Rokkodai Review: The Studies of International Cooperation_ 1 1-14 2000

Conference Presentations

  • Japanese Imperialism(conference:Rethinking History: Singapore and Global History)(2019/11/04)
  • Heritage as a 'Thing' in International Politics: Memory Politics and Ontological Insecurity in East Asia(conference:International Conference on the Politics of War-related Heritage in Contemporary Asia)(2019/09/05)
  • Ontological Insecurity and Japan's Struggle with the Internationalization of Memory and Heritage(conference:Asia Association for Global Studies Conference)(2019/03/22)
  • Ontological Insecurity in East Asia's Heritage Wars(conference:12th Pan-European Conference on International Relations)(2018/09/12)
  • The Impact of WWII Heritage on Japan’s Ontological Security(conference:Association of Critical Heritage Studies Conference in Hangzhou)(2018/09/01)

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  • Heritage diplomacy and politics as a broad subject of security studies: the case of East Asia's controversy over UNESCO's world heritagization(conference:Japan Association for International Security, 11th research seminar)(2018/07/14)
  • East Asia’s Heritage Wars in UNESCO (conference:British International Studies Association (BISA) International Annual Conference)(2018/06/15)
  • East Asia's memory contests in UNESCO heritage programmes(conference:International Conference on Multicultural Democracy)(2018/05/10)
  • Memory of the Japanese Occupation and Nation-Building in Southeast Asia(conference:Exhibiting the Fall: Remembering and Representing War and its Aftermath in Asia)(2017/09/04)
  • "The Wilsonian Moment in Yanaihara Tadao"(conference:Wilsonian Moment in Japan)(2017/03/09)
  • Failure of Cosmopolitan History? Japan’s Response to the Inscription of Nanjing Massacre Documents on the UNESCO’s Memory of the World in 2015 (conference:5th Global International Studies Conference)(2017/04/02)
  • "Yanaihara Tadao's Liberal Internationalism and Colonial Economic Development"(conference:The 60th Anievrsary Convention of Japan Association of International Relations)(2016/10/14)
  • "Rethinking the liberal/pluralist vision of Japan’s colonial studies scholars"(conference:Modern Japanese Political Thought and International Relations)(2016/07/30)

Arts and Fieldwork


Theme to the desired joint research

○International politics and norms/perceptions/emotions, challenges to the liberal international order, international politics over heritage

Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research

○Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research (C)「Challenges for international cultural organizations: UNESCO heritage programmes from an East Asian perspective」(2017-2020) 

Classes (Bachelors)

○Japanese Culture(2019)
○International Relations 2(2018)
○International Organizations 2E(2018)
○International Organizations 1E(2018)
○International Organizations E(2018)
○International Relations E(2018)
○International Relations 2E(2018)
○International Relations(2018)
○International Relations(2018)
○International Relations 1E(2018)
○International Relations(2018)
○International Relations 2E(2018)
○International Relations 1(2018)
○International Organizations(2018)
○Political Economy in the Global Era(2017)
○Political Economy in the Global Era(2017)
○Seminar in International Society Studies:A(2017)
○Seminar in International Society Studies:A(2017)
○Seminar in International Society Studies:B(2017)
○Seminar in International Society Studies:B(2017)
○International Relations(2017)
○International Relations 1(2017)
○International Relations(2017)
○International Relations 2E(2017)
○International Organizations 1E(2017)
○International Organizations E(2017)
○International Organizations 2E(2017)
○International Relations 1E(2017)
○International Relations E(2017)
○Presentation and Debate (Freshman Seminar II)(2017)
○International Relations(2017)
○Political Economy in the Global Era(2016)
○International Relations E(2016)
○Seminar in International Society Studies:A(2016)
○International Relations(2016)
○Seminar in International Society Studies:B(2016)
○International Relations(2016)
○International Relations(2016)
○Seminar in International Society Studies:B(2016)
○Seminar in International Society Studies:A(2016)

Classes (Graduate Schools)

○International Relations IIIb(2017)
○International Relations IIIa(2017)
○Lecture on International Relations Ib(2017)
○Lecture on International Relations Ia(2017)
○International Relations III(2016)
○Lecture on International Relations I(2016)
○International Relations IIIb(2016)
○International Relations IIIa(2016)

International Project

International Students

Lecture themes

Others (Social Activities)

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