Last Updated :2019/10/01

Affiliations, Positions
Center for the Study of International Cooperation in Education, ., Associate Professor
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Other Contact Details
1-5-1,Kagamiyama,Higashi-Hiroshima, Japan
TEL : (+81)82-424-7111 FAX : (+81)
Comparative and International Education / /Education Policy/Educational Development

Basic Information

Major Professional Backgrounds

  • 1995/04, 1998/03, Japanese school in Mexico, Teacher
  • 2005/09, 2007/03, U.N.E.S.C.O.
  • 2007/10, 2009/03, Kyoto University, Revitalizing Education for Dynamic Hearts and Minds, Post-Doctoral Researcher
  • 2009/04/01, Hiroshima University, Center for the Study of International Cooperation in Education , Associate Professor

Educational Backgrounds

  • The Pennsylvania State University, Dept. of Education Policy and Theory, Comparative and International Education, U.S.A., 2000/09, 2005/08
  • Waseda University, Graduate School of Asia-Pacific Studies, Waseda University, Master in International Relations, Japan, 1998/09, 2001/03
  • Stanford University, Dept. of Education, International Comparative Education (ICE), U.S.A., 1999/09, 2000/08
  • Tsuda College, Liberal Arts, Dept. of English, Japan, 1991/04, 1995/03

Academic Degrees

  • Ph.D. (Education Theory and Policy and Comparative and International Education) , The Pennsylvania State University
  • Master, Waseda University
  • Master, Stanford University

Research Fields

  • Social sciences;Education;Sociology of education

Research Keywords

  • Student self-esteem
  • Inclusive Education Policy
  • school survey
  • child work / child labour
  • international comparative survey

Affiliated Academic Societies

  • Comparative and International Society (CIES)
  • Japan Comparative Education Society
  • The Japan Society of Educational Sociology
  • Japan Educational Research Association
  • Japan Society for Child Study

Educational Activity

Course in Charge

  1. 2019, Liberal Arts Education Program1, Intensive, Understanding diversity and Inclusion
  2. 2019, Graduate Education (Master's Program) , 2Term, Basic Education and Development
  3. 2019, Graduate Education (Master's Program) , First Semester, Seminar on International Development Cooperation in Education
  4. 2019, Graduate Education (Master's Program) , Second Semester, Seminar on International Development Cooperation in Education

Research Activities

Academic Papers

  1. Child labour and education, UNESCO Global Monitoring Report Background Paper, 2006
  2. Recognizing a Problem: The Impact of Global Politics on Child, International Journal of Education Policy, Research and Practice, 2(3), 267-286, 200110
  3. A cross-national study on happiness: Data from thirteen countries, JAPANESE PSYCHOLOGICAL REVIEW, 55(1), 70-89, 2012
  4. Revisiting the Concept of Inclusive Education--Reflecting the Spirit of Salamanca--Cases from Primary and Secondary Schools in Bhutan and Japan, Welfare and Labour, 162(2019), 151-160, 2019,03
  5. Impacts of Recent Education Reforms in Japan: Voices from Junior High Schools in Japan, Journal of International Cooperation in Education, 18(2), 55-65, 20161001
  6. Challenges for implementing Inclusive Education in Bhutan, Journal of International Cooperation in Education, 19(2), 71-81, 20171001
  7. Preserving National Identity and Fostering Happiness in an Era of Globalization: A Comparative Exploration of Values and Moral Education in Bhutan and Japan, Journal of International Cooperation in Education, Vol.14(No.2), 169-188, 201110
  8. Report of the Seventh Meeting of the Working Group on Education for All, UNESCO Publishing, 2006

Invited Lecture, Oral Presentation, Poster Presentation

  1. Dynamics of Inclusive Education;Japanese teachers' Perspectives, Riho Sakurai, accepted for the presentation at the World Education Research Association Focal Meeting in Tokyo 10th Anniversary, 2019/08/05, Without Invitation, Tokyo University & Gakushuin University, Tokyo, JAPAN.
  2. Education for Foreign-Born Students at Japanese Schools — Inclusive or Collective? A case study, Riho Sakurai, CIES 2019 Conference, 2019/04/15, Without Invitation, San Francisco, USA.
  3. Inclusive Education—Realization of Salamanca? Cases from Bhutan and Japan, CIES 2018 Conference, 2018/03/26, Without Invitation, Mexico City, Mexico
  4. Teaching and Learning SDG4.7; Pedagogies and Approaches: Through Teachers' Perspectives on Children with Disabilities in Japan, Riho Sakurai, Japan Comparative Education Society, 2018/06/22, Without Invitation, Japan Comparative Education Society
  5. Japanese Education Reform and Its Effects on the Ground; Voices from Japanese Junior High Schools, Riho Sakurai, 197th CICE Open Seminar, 2018/11/21, With Invitation, Bangdung, INDONESIA
  6. Yutori Kyoikuk and the Revised FLE: Effects on Lower Secondary Schools in Japan, Riho Sakurai, CIES 2016 Conference, 2016/03/10, Without Invitation, Vancouver, Canada
  7. School bullying, self-esteem and social capital: a case from lower secondary schools in a Japanese provincial city, Riho Sakurai, 59th Annual Conference of the Comparative and International Education Society, 2015/03, Without Invitation, Washington D.C. , USA
  8. What influences student self-esteem? Work, school bulling, friends, or family?: cases from urban Kenya, revisited, 58th Annual conference of the Comparative and International Education Society, 2014, Without Invitation, Toronto, Canada
  9. Inclusive Education in Bhutan, Education Policy Research on Equity and Inclusion in Asia-Pacific –Focusing on Children with Disabilities-, 2013/09, Without Invitation, UNESCO Bangkok & Waseda University, UNESCO, Bangkok, Thailand
  10. Education for Children with Disabilities in Bhutan: Special Need Education or Inclusive Education?., Riho Sakurai, 57th Annual Conference of the Comparative and International Education Society., 2013/03, Without Invitation, Louisiana, USA.
  11. Working Childrens' effects on their family,friends,school,and self-esteem; A case of 8th graders in Keniya, 56th Annual Conference of the Comparative and International Education Society, 2012/04, Without Invitation, Sun Juan, Puerto Rico
  12. Cross-Cultural Life Satisfaction Survey among Tertiary Students, 47th Annual Meeting of the Japan Comparative Education Society, 2011/06, Without Invitation
  13. Africa-Asia university dialogue for educational development: collaborative research on educational development among twenty-eight universities in Africa and Asia. Africa-Asia university dialogue for educational development: overall current results and future challenge., Riho Sakurai, CIES, 2011/05, Without Invitation, Montereal, Caada, Montreal, Canada
  14. Feminist Research and boys' schooling; ender equality and construction of African Masculinities; An example study of AA Dialogue network, IIEP, UNESCO, PARIS (2011) Gender Equality in Education: Looking beyond Parity, 2011/10, With Invitation, Paris,IIEP, UNESCO
  15. Special Lecture on Inclusive Education Dynamics of Inclusive Educaton ; Japanese Teachers' Perspectives with Comparisons to Bhutan, Riho Sakurai, Special Seminr at Ministry of Education, Bhutan, 2019/08/27, With Invitation, Ministry of Education, Bhutan, Thimphu, Bhutan
  16. Knowledge sharing seminar on inclusive education; Dynamics ofInclusive Education: Japanese Teachers' Perspectives, Riho Sakurai, Knowledge Sharing Seminar at Chiang Mai University, 2019/09/19, Without Invitation, Chiang Mai University, Chiang Mai University
  17. Inclusive Education in Japan: An example from a local city (teachers perspectives), Riho Sakurai, The 57th Conference of the Japanese Association of Special Education, 2019/09/23, Without Invitation, Japanese Association of Special Education, Hiroshima University


  1. 2000年08月01日, Fulbright Scholarship, Fulbright JAPAN

Social Activities

History as Committee Members

  1. Advisor for the Japan Inclusive Education Research Organization, 2014/04, 2020/03, Japan Inclusive Education Research Organization
  2. Facilitator, 2019/02, Unselfish

Organizing Academic Conferences, etc.

  1. Japan Education Forum, moderator, 2012/02, 2018/02
  2. International seminar on inclusive education in Bhutan, Japan, and Germany, 2014/10, 2014/10
  3. Africa Asia University Dialogue conference, 2010/06, 2017/06