About the University
Message from the President

Regional development must begin with human development

Takashi Inoguchi, President

University of Niigata Prefecture:
Local Roots & Global Reach

photo Takashi Inoguchi

The rapid advancement of globalization is clearing away barriers between nations and thereby leading to unification, on a worldwide scale, of economic as well as political and cultural activities. Consequently, we find ourselves facing fundamental changes in the ways that countries and societies exist and interrelate.

The University of Niigata Prefecture was established in April 2009 in order to adequately respond to these rapid changes taking place in the global situation and at the same time contribute to the revitalization of our region through the pursuit of creative educational and research activities.

The roots of regional prosperity can be found in the development of the region's people. As we move further into the age of global competition, bearers of their own local development need to have international perspectives (such as foreign language ability and global viewpoint), a deep understanding of the region, and the rich human qualities that are so important for living and working together with other people, regardless of whether they are from Japan or abroad.

With this in mind, following the Basic Principles of "Development of an International Perspective," "Regional Emphasis," and "Development of Human Qualities," at our university, we are striving to nurture graduates who can resolve various issues so that our prefecture can become both an exchange hub for East Asian countries and a place where people choose to live because of the excellent child-raising environment and the long and healthy lives enjoyed by residents.

To achieve all this, our faculty members are united in their commitment to providing an education tailored to the needs of each individual student and to creating an environment in which students can actively encourage and engage with one another as they learn together.

The President's Profile
Takashi Inoguchi, President

Professor Emeritus, The University of Tokyo


B.A., College of Arts and Sciences at the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, The University of Tokyo
M.A., The University of Tokyo Graduate School
Ph.D. in Political Science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Career in Education

Associate Professor, Foreign Languages Dept., Sophia University
Associate Professor, Institute of Oriental Culture, The University of Tokyo
Professor, Institute of Oriental Culture, The University of Tokyo
Professor, Dept. of Law, Chuo University
President, University of Niigata Prefecture
Member of US Social Science Research Council (SSRC) Committee on International Peace and Security
Senior Vice President of United Nations University
Deputy Secretary General of University Mobility in Asia and the Pacific (UMAP)
Chairman of the Japan Association of International Relations
Member of the Legislative Council of the Ministry of Justice
Member of the United Nations Headquarters Strategic Planning Committee (Chaired by Secretary-General Kofi Annan)
Council Member of the Science Council of Japan
Member of the Science Council of Japan
Chairperson of the Asian Consortium for Political Research (ACPR) Executive Committee
Member of the UNESCO International Committee of Peace Studies (Chaired by Dr. Henry Kissinger)

Research Areas

Political theory, comparative politics, East Asian politics, political economics, international relations, international security, international political economy


Suntory Prize for Social Sciences and Humanities
International Communication Foundation Merit Research Award
Japan Public Policy Studies Association Award

>> Personal website of Takashi Inoguchi

Research Activities and Accomplishments

Accomplishments as a Researcher


A total of more than 100 books published mainly in Japanese and English (as of September 2011) (Oxford University Press, Stanford University Press, United Nations University Press, Palgrave Macmillan, Routledge, etc.)

Journal Articles

Several hundred published in Japanese or English; 494 appearances in the Social Sciences Citation Index (SSCI) (as of March 2011)
Major articles published in International Organization, Behavioral Science, Journal of Conflict, Government and Opposition, Survival, International Affairs (London), Social Indicators Research, and elsewhere.


Founder of three English-language journals
Japanese Journal of Political Science (Cambridge University Press), International Relations of the Asia-Pacific (Oxford University Press), and Asian Journal for Public Opinion Research (open access journal)


Chief Editor of Seijigaku Jiten (Encyclopedia of Political Science, 2000), Chief Editor of Kokusai Seiji Jiten (Encyclopedia of International Politics, 2005), Deputy Editor of International Encyclopedia of Political Science (2011)


Editor in chief of nine libraries

Academic Societies

  • The Japan Association of International Relations (President, 2000-2002)
  • International Political Science Association (IPSA), US (Council Member, 1999-2000)
  • Japan Politics Studies Association (Founding Member, 2003-2008)

Close-knit Worldwide Network

United Nations

Assistant-Secretary-General of the United Nations (1995-1997)
Deputy Secretary General of University Mobility in Asia and the Pacific (1998-2000)
Twenty international English-language academic journals
Participated in editorial and/or advisory positions

Attended international conferences

  • World Economic Forum (Davos, Jan. 2007)
  • "Governing Afghanistan," a UN Wise Men Meeting held by the Secretary-General of the United Nations (New York, Jan. 2002)
  • United Nations Disarmament Commission (Beijing, Apr. 2003)
  • UNESCO International Ministerial Conference on the Dialogue among Civilizations (New Delhi, Jun. 2003)
  • UNESCO International Commission for Peace Research meeting chaired by Dr. Henry Kissinger (Paris, Dec. 2004)

Appearances on international broadcasts (news and commentary)


Entrepreneurship and accomplishments

  • United Nations University Press (UNUP)
     As Vice Rector at United Nations University, Dr. Inoguchi made efforts to utilize English-language publications to promote democracy and self-sustaining development. Those efforts resulted in the UNUP being recognized as "a rare non-US-based authoritative publisher" by Columbia International Affairs Online (CIAO), an organ of Columbia University Press.
  • University Mobility in Asia and the Pacific (UMAP).
    As Deputy Secretary General, Dr. Inoguchi participated in the establishment of this Asia-Pacific intergovernmental international organization.
  • Asia Consortium for Political Research (ACPR)
    As one of the people who proposed and founded the ACPR, Dr. Inoguchi set up the consortium of university departments of political science in East and Southeast Asia. Presently, he serves as president.
  • AsiaBarometer
    Dr. Inoguchi established this international public opinion survey focusing on the everyday lives of ordinary people in the Asian region (East, Southeast, South, and Central Asia). The survey results have been well received by major media organizations both inside and outside Japan. In 2007, he received the International Communication Foundation Merit Research Award for this endeavor.

Extensive Involvement with the Government and Society

  • Legislative Council of the Ministry of Justice (Member, 1999-2009)
  • Science Council of Japan (Council Member and Section II Vice-Chairperson, 2003-2010; Member 2010-present)
  • Japan-USA Cultural Exchange Council (Member, 2003-2006)
  • Japan-U.S. Educational Commission (Member, 2005-2009)
  • Business-University Forum of Japan (Secretary-General, Dec. 22, 2003 to present)
  • Japan Forum on International Relations (Trustee, Apr. 1, 1990 to Mar. 31, 1994; Apr. 1, 2000 to present)
  • Research Committee of the Asian Affairs Research Council (Chairperson, 2013-present)