Kazuo Tomozawa

Last Updated :2024/06/04

Affiliations, Positions
Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences, Professor
E-mail
tomozawahiroshima-u.ac.jp
Other Contact Details
School of Letters 1-2-3 Kagamiyama, Higashi-Hiroshima City, Hiroshima Prefecture, Japan
TEL : (+81)82-424-6654 FAX : (+81)82-424-0320
Self-introduction
As a faculty member of the Graduate School of Human and Social Sciences, Hiroshima University, I'm engaging in education and research in Human Geography. I also serve as an academic mentor in the Taoyaka Program for creating a flexible, enduring, peaceful society. Currently, I'm conducting three research projects: 1. Research on industrialization and labor markets in India 2. Geographical research on the transition to a knowledge-based economy 3. Research on the globalization of the automobile industry. I have particularly focused on the first project as the director of the Center for Contemporary India Studies at Hiroshima University and as a representative of the Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research (B) from FY 2019 to FY 2022. Based on those research outcomes, I'm educating a wide range of human geography, with a focus on economic geography, urban geography, and geography of India. My students tend to be interested in industrial, commercial, and service industries, and urban and industrial areas. I also encourage my students to improve their independence and creativity.

Basic Information

Major Professional Backgrounds

  • 1990/04/01, 1994/09/30, Tohoku University, Research Assistant
  • 1994/10/01, 1999/03/31, Okayama University, Lecturer
  • 1999/04/01, 2005/03/31, Hiroshima University, School of Letters, Associate Professor
  • 2006/04/01, 2020/03/31, Hiroshima University, Graduate School of Letters, Professor
  • 2020/04/01, Hiroshima University, Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences, Professor

Educational Backgrounds

  • Hiroshima University, Graduate School, Division of Letters, Geography, Japan, 1988/04, 1990/03
  • Hiroshima University, Faculty of Literature, Geography, Japan, 1982/04, 1986/03

Academic Degrees

  • Ph.D., Hiroshima University
  • Master of Arts, Hiroshima University

Educational Activity

  • [Bachelor Degree Program] School of Letters : Humane Studies : Geography, Archaeology, and Cultural Heritage
  • [Master's Program] Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences : Division of Humanities and Social Sciences : Humanities Program
  • [Doctoral Program] Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences : Division of Humanities and Social Sciences : Humanities Program

In Charge of Primary Major Programs

  • Geography, Archaeology and Cultural Properties

Research Fields

  • Humanities;Human geography;Human geography

Research Keywords

  • Economic Geography
  • Industrialization
  • Learning
  • Automobile Industry
  • India
  • Industrial Agglomuation

Affiliated Academic Societies

  • The Association of Japanese Geographers, 1986/04
  • The Japan Association of Economic Geographers, 1986/04
  • The Human Geographical Society of Japan, 1986/04
  • The Japanese Society of Geographical Sciences, 1982/04
  • The Japanese Association for South Asian Countries, 1990/04
  • The Tohoku Geographicla Association, 1990/04

Educational Activity

Course in Charge

  1. 2024, Liberal Arts Education Program1, 2Term, Introduction to Geography, Archaeology, and Cultural Heritage
  2. 2024, Liberal Arts Education Program1, 1Term, Introductory Seminar for First-Year Students
  3. 2024, Undergraduate Education, 3Term, Introduction to Geography
  4. 2024, Undergraduate Education, 3Term, Regional Geography A
  5. 2024, Undergraduate Education, First Semester, Geographical Field Work
  6. 2024, Undergraduate Education, Second Semester, Exercise for Geographical Field Work
  7. 2024, Undergraduate Education, First Semester, Seminar in Human Geography
  8. 2024, Undergraduate Education, First Semester, Seminar in Graduation Thesis on Geography B
  9. 2024, Undergraduate Education, Second Semester, Seminar in Graduation Thesis on Geography C
  10. 2024, Undergraduate Education, First Semester, Special Seminar in Geography A
  11. 2024, Undergraduate Education, Second Semester, Special Seminar in Geography B
  12. 2024, Undergraduate Education, First Semester, Guidance on Graduation Thesis A
  13. 2024, Undergraduate Education, Second Semester, Guidance on Graduation Thesis B
  14. 2024, Undergraduate Education, Second Semester, Graduation Thesis
  15. 2024, Graduate Education (Master's Program) , First Semester, Advanced Seminar on Human Geography B
  16. 2024, Graduate Education (Master's Program) , Second Semester, Seminar on Global Economic Geography B
  17. 2024, Graduate Education (Master's Program) , First Semester, Study of Economic Geography
  18. 2024, Graduate Education (Master's Program) , First Semester, Advanced Geographical Field Work
  19. 2024, Graduate Education (Master's Program) , Second Semester, Advanced Exercise for Geographical Field Work
  20. 2024, Graduate Education (Master's Program) , First Semester, Special Research
  21. 2024, Graduate Education (Master's Program) , Second Semester, Special Research
  22. 2024, Graduate Education (Doctoral Program) , First Semester, Special Research
  23. 2024, Graduate Education (Doctoral Program) , Second Semester, Special Research

Research Activities

Academic Papers

  1. Industrial Development and Newly Created labor Market in Less Developed Regions, India: a Case Study of Pithampur Industrial Growth Center, Madhya Pradesh, Annals of the Japan Association of Economic Geographers, 46(3), 225-245, 20000901
  2. Agglomeration and Spatial Structure of the Automobile Industries in the Delhi Capital Region: a Case Study of the Noida and Greater Noida Area, Annals of the Japan Association of Economic Geographers, 45(1), 1-20, 19990301
  3. ★, Industrial Location and Structure of Manufacturing Labor Force in a Peripheral Region--The Case of Middle-South Kyushu, GEOGRAPHICAL REVIEW OF JAPAN, 62(4), 289-310, 19890401
  4. ★, Establishment of a Japanese-owned Automobile Company in India and Construction of Its Production System : Principally Focusing on Toyota Kirloskar Motor, 77(9), 628-646, 20040801
  5. Impact of FDI on Industrialization an Formation of Industrial Spaces in India, 5-13, 20050301
  6. ★, Rivalry between Honda's two two-wheeler companies in India and their concentrated supplier networks in the National Capital Region of Delhi, Geographical Scienses, 62(1), 1-20, 20070131
  7. Regional volatility of business start-up and closure in Japan, 63(2), 1-12, 20140228
  8. Evolution of the IC industry and Production Trends atWafer Fabricating Factories in the Chugoku-Shikoku Region, Journal of economics, Kumamoto-Gakuen University, 8(1), 143-160, 200202
  9. Report on the Symposium "Regional Development in Developing Countries and Geography", Annual report of Research Center for Regional Geography, 8, 149-151, 199903
  10. Socio-economic Change of a Banjara Village Naharkheda in Vindhya Range, Annual report of Research Center for Regional Geography, 2, 163-190, 199203
  11. Rural-Uraban Interaction and Process of Underdevelopment Based on Forest Economy in Tribal Village-Gadher, Madhya Pradesh, India, Annual report of Research Center for Regional Geography, 2, 191-226, 199203
  12. Evolution of Automobile Industry in India : Principally through the Survey of Japan-India Joint Ventures, Annals of the Association of Economic Geographers, 37(4), 313-333, 19911231
  13. Location of Japanese-Owned Car Assembly Plants in the United Kingdom, Quarterly journal of geography, 46(2), 85-106, 1994
  14. Evolution of the Automobile Industry in Asian Countries : Principally Focusing on Southeast Asia and India(The Industrialization and Metropolitan Development in Asia : for Primary Dialogue between South and Southeast Asian Studies), Annual report of Research Center for Regional Geography, 12, 9-32, 20030331
  15. Growth of 'Externally Controlled Industries' and Structure of the Local Labor Market in a Peripheral Region : the Case of Amakusa Region, Kumamoto Prefecture, Annals of the Association of Economic Geographers, 35(3), 201-220, 19890930
  16. From Production Systems to Learning Systems : Research Trend of Industrial Geography in Europe and America in the 1990s(Special Issue:Spatial Implication of Information Technology), Annals of the Association of Economic Geographers, 46(4), 323-336, 20001231
  17. The Growth of Manufacturing Industry and the Structural Change of Labor Force in Higashi-hiroshima City, Hiroshima Metropolitan Region, Geographical sciences, 42(1), 13-29, 198701
  18. Evolution of the staffing industry in Japan, The Hiroshima University studies, Graduate School of Letters, 64, 95-112, 20041224
  19. Evolution of University Start-ups under Knowledge Based Economy : Focusing on Chugoku-Shikoku Region in Japan(Symposium: Knowledge, Learning and Geography), Geographical sciences, 63(3), 174-184, 20080728
  20. Strategy for developing industry and locating factories in an economically backward state of India: focusing on an "industrial belt" in Uttarakhand, 68, 57-76[含 英語文要旨], 200812
  21. Recent Technolgical Innovation in the Japanese Automotive Indus-try and its Spatial Implications for the Kyushu-Yamaguchi Area in Sothwestern Japan, The science reports of the Tohoku University. 7th series, Geography, 42(1), 1-19, 199206
  22. Dynamics of the Indian Automobile Industry: Recent Growth and Location, 3(1), 135-144, 19980114
  23. Comparative Study Focusing on Two Industrial Agglomerations in the Indian Automobile Manufacturing Sector: The National Capital Region of Delhi and Uttarakhand, 4, 23-52, 201402
  24. Spatial Characteristics of Business Startups in Japan, 1-7, 2015
  25. Development and Spatial Dynamism of the Automobile Component Industry in India, Journal of Urban and Regional Studies on Contemporary India, 3(1), 11-27, 201607
  26. The Frontier of the Expanding Industrial Agglomeration in the National Capital Region of Delhi: Industrial Development in Alwar District, Rajasthan, especially Focusing on the Japanese- Exclusive Industrial Estate of Neemrana, Journal of Urban and Regional Studies on Contemporary India, 2(1), 13-25, 201507
  27. ★, Industrialization and Informalization : the Contractual Labor Market of the Automobile Industry in the National Capital Region of Delhi, Annals of the Japan Association of Economic Geographers, 62(2), 71-86, 20160630
  28. Inclusive Growth in India and How Economic Geography Tackles it, The International Seminar of Geography between Hiroshima University and University of Delhi 'Promoting Economic Geography Studies on "Inclusive Development" in Contemporary India, 150-167, 20161223
  29. "Inclusive Development" of Employment in the Indian Automobile Industry: Have Contract-Based Workers in the State of Haryana Achieved it?, Senri Ethnological Studies, 96, 81-95, 20171215
  30. The Industrial Labor Market and Worker's Economic Life in the National Capital Region of Delhi: Comparative Study on Automobile Industries and Light Industries, Geographical Sciences, 73(1), 1-20, 20180428
  31. The Spatial Structure of India's Modern Economy: Regional Disparities and Industrial Locations, Geographical Sciences, 73(3), 177-192, 20181028
  32. Transfer System of Indian Emigrant Workers to the Gulf Countries : Focusing on Recruiting Agents in Jamia Nagar, Delhi, Journal of Contemporary India Studies : Space and Society, Hiroshima University, 9, 15-27, 20190323
  33. Industrial Labor Market and Workers’ Economic Life in the National Capital Region of Delhi: Comparative Study on the Automobile and Light Industries, Journal of Urban and Regional Studies on Contemporary India, 5(1), 1-16, 20180801
  34. Subsistence Structure of the Industrial Agglomeration of the Urban Informal Sector in Delhi, India, Geographical Review, 92(3), 153-174, 201905
  35. Intraregional Agricultural Characteristics Critical in Explaining Farmland Abandonment: Evidence from Chugoku and Shikoku Region of Japan, Chinese Geographical Science, 30(6), 1111-1128, 20201224

Publications such as books

  1. 2023/01, Inclusive Development in South Asia, This book examines the multi-layered aspects and the complexities of inclusive development in South Asia based on recent data and using innovative methodology., Inclusive development, South Asia, Routledge, 2023, 202301, Scholarly Book, Cocompilation, 英語, 978-1-032-30371-0, 341, 1-13 17-36

Invited Lecture, Oral Presentation, Poster Presentation

  1. Transfer Mechanism of Indian Emigrant Workers to the Gulf Countries: Focusing on Recruiting Agents in Jamia Nagar, Delhi, Tomozawa Kazuo, The 12th INDAS-South Asia International Conference, 2020/12/20, Without Invitation, English, INDAS, online, More than 500,000 emigrant workers are sent to the Gulf countries from India every year. This paper aims to clarify the emigrant transfer mechanism, focusing on recruiting agents (RAs), one of the main groups of actors involved in the mechanism. As of January 2017, 1,213 RAs were registered in India, and nearly half were located in Mumbai, followed by Delhi. In contrast, more than half of the emigrants were originated in the belt spans from Uttar Pradesh to West Bengal, which is not in accordance with the location pattern of the registered RAs. Therefore, it is thought that a bridge is needed to overcome the spatial divergence between them. Conscious of this problem, I visited 20 offices engaged in the recruiting business in Jamia Nagar, South Delhi, to obtain information on their business activities and their roles in the emigrant transfer mechanism. It has become clear that the recruiting business consists of three tiers: The first tier directly sends emigrant workers to foreign employers, the second tier arranges candidates for the first one, and the third tier meditates job seekers from rural areas of North India to RAs. Aside from registered RAs, some non-registered RAs are situated in the first tier. The other non-registered RAs are in the second tier. The third tier consists of agents scattered across rural North India, which is primarily managed by one individual. Most of the RAs use many agents, but the most important ones are run by the owners’ relatives living in those areas. This hierarchical business network functions as a mechanism to continuously pick up emigrant workers from the pool of laborers and sends them to the Gulf countries. Owing to this mechanism, the spatial divergence which was previously mentioned has been overcome.
  2. India's Industrialization and Automobile Industry, Tomozawa Kazuo, 2019/09/17, Without Invitation, Japanese
  3. How to live in an aging society: lessons from rural Japan?, TOMOZAWA KAZUO, 107th Indian Science Congress, 2020/01/05, With Invitation, English, Indian Science Congress Association, Bangalore, India, Japan’s rural areas are now entering the era of the super-aging. On an individual level, aging itself is not a problem. However, an aging society, usually accompanied by severe depopulation and a dwindling workforce, faces many difficulties in terms of subsistence. This presentation aims to demonstrate the following three topics: 1) the actual situation of the aging in Japan; 2) the lack of agricultural successors and farmland abandonment; and 3) the emergence of new businesses in rural areas, mainly focusing on Hiroshima Prefecture. Through these topics, I do not intend to focus on the negative aspects of aging but the potential of Japan’s rural areas, along with the role of migrants from urban areas.
  4. The three Spatial Layers of the National Economy in Contemporary India: Regional Disparities, Industrial Locations, and Labor Markets, 1, The 10th INDAS-South Asia International Conference, 2018/12/15, Without Invitation, English, INDAS South Asia, Tokyo
  5. Economic Growth and Automobile Industry in India, 1, 2018/10/13, With Invitation, Japanese, Hiroshima
  6. Inclusive Growth in India and How Economic Geography Tackles it, TOMOZAWA Kazuo, The Bilateral Seminar: Promoting Economic Geography Studies on 'Inclusive Growth' in Contemporary India, 2016/12/23, Without Invitation, English, The Center for Contemporary India Studies at Hiroshima University, Hiroshima University (Higashihiroshima City)
  7. Has the Indian Automobile Industry Achieved 'Inclusive Development' of Employment? :Focusing on Contract-Based Workers in the State of Haryana, Tomozawa Kazuo, 7th INDAS International Conference, 2015/12/19, Without Invitation, English, Osaka

External Funds

Acceptance Results of Competitive Funds

  1. 2019, 2022
  2. Bilateral Program, Promoting Economic Geography Studies on 'Inclusive Growth' in Contemporary India, 2016, 2016
  3. KAKENHI, 2014, 2017

Social Activities

History as Committee Members

  1. President, 2022/04, 2024/03, The Japanese Society for Geographical Sciences
  2. Branch Head, 2020/04, 2024/03, The Japan Association of Economic Geographers
  3. President, 2018/04, 2020/03, The Japanese Society for Geographical Sciences

Organizing Academic Conferences, etc.

  1. The 12th INDAS-South Asia International Conference, 2020/12, 2020/12
  2. Bilateral Seminar: Promoting Economic Geography Studies on “Inclusive Growth” in Contemporary India’, Organizing Committee, 2016/12, 2016/12
  3. The 10th INDAS-South Asia International Symposyum, Organizar, 2018/12, 2018/12
  4. The 10th INDAS-South Asia International Conference, Organizer, 2018/12, 2018/12