About the CMSE

CMSE Researchers

CMSE Researchers



Osamu Nakayama, Ph.D., became President of Reitaku University in April 2007 and is the director of its Center for Moral Science and Education. He is a well-known Milton scholar and former president of the Milton Association of Japan. Among the books he has written and edited are (in English) Images of Their Glorious Maker: Iconology in Milton’s Poetry (2002) and Happiness and Virtue Beyond East and West: Toward a New Global Responsibility (2012 English), and (in Japanese) The Philanthropic Spirit of the Japanese People (2011). In addition to his many original works, he is also well-known as the translator of more than thirty volumes.

Vice Director


Masahide Ohno, M.A., is an associate professor at Reitaku University and director of the Research Center of Moral Science, the Institute of Moralogy. His major research field is the relationship between economics and ethics, with a particular focus on voluntary activity and altruism. He has published many articles on these subjects, including “The Origin of Sanpo-yoshi (‘the good of the third party’) and its Implication in the Modern Period” (The Journal of the Japan Society for Business Ethics Study, No. 19, 2012).



KAWAKUBO, Tsuyoshi

Associate Professor Kawakubo received his M.A. from Tohoku University. His specialist interests include the history of Japanese moral thought, and his research is currently focused on the principles and methods of moral education. His major publications include a biography of Fukuda Tsuneari, Ningen wa Yowai (Kyōto-shi : Mineruva Shobō 2012)



Members of researchers 


Advisor to the President・Professor

Hajime Ide, M.A., teaches at Reitaku University, where he currently serves as assistant to the university president. His specialties include Chinese Philosophy, with a focus on Xunzi, and the life and thought of Chikuro Hiroike. He is author of Turning Points in the Life of Chikuro Hiroike (1995).




Takao Inukai, M.A., is a professor at Reitaku University where he teaches American studies, English language, and moral science. He works as the deputy director of the International Exchange Center, and the Center for the Comparative Study of Civilizations and Cultures. He also serves as a senior researcher at the Research Center for Moral Science in the Institute of Moralogy. His research fields include the intellectual history of American environmentalism, cultural and political issues in contemporary American society, and global environmental history with a focus on freshwater issues. He publishes in both Japanese and English, and his papers include “American Society in Conflict Over a Moral Value,” and “A Japanese Perspective of Animism: Towards A Civilization of Life.”

IWASA, Nobumichi

The research focus of Professor Nobumichi lwasa, Ed.D., is on the distinction between conventional morality and supreme morality from the perspective of life-long moral development. Among his publications are “Post-conventional Reasoning and Moral Education in Japan,” (Journal of Moral Education, vol. 21, no. 1), and Japanese Frames of Mind: Cultural Perspectives on Human Development (ed. Hidetada Shimizu and Robert A. LeVine, 2002) .




The research interests of Professor Haruo Kitagawa, M.Ed., center on the philosophy of education and the personality development throughout life. He is the author of “The Ethical Domain” in Areas of Learning Basic to Life-long Education (ed. Paul Lengrand, 1986); “Social Education in Moralogy” (Moral Education Forum, vol. 13, no. 2, 1988) and “Aging and Facing Death as Tasks of Lifelong Learning” (Reitaku Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies, vol. 5, no. 1, 1997).




Keiji Takeuchi gained his Ph.D. in Modern Indian Thought from Visva-Bharati University, Santiniketan, West Bengal, India. A professor at Reitaku University, where he teaches undergraduate and graduate classes, his specialties include Thanatology, Death Education, and the Ethics of Care. He also heads the Anthropology Section of the Research Center of Moral Science at the Institute of Moralogy, as well as being Vice-Director of a Nonprofit Organization, the Association of Death Education in Tokatsu District, Chiba prefecture. His English-language publications include The Philosophy of Rammohun Roy, and he is also the author of books and articles in Japanese.


Specially-appointed Professor of the Faculty of Economics and Business Administration, Norio Tachiki, M.A., teaches undergraduate and graduate classes, and also serves as the Director of the Center for the Comparative Study of Civilizations and Cultures at Reitaku University. His specialities include the Philosophy of Science, Modern Scientific Thought, and Bioethics. He is the author of Cosmology of Modern Science (1992), and has also translated Principles of Biomedical Ethics, 5th Edition, by Tom L. Beauchamp and James F. Childress.



TANAKA, Toshihiro

Toshihiro Tanaka was awarded M.A.’s in both Literature and International Studies by Tsukuba University, and is currently a professor in the Faculty of Foreign Studies at Reitaku University, where the teaches Area Studies, Canadian Studies, and English. Canadian history is the main focus of his research. He has written essays on Canadian diplomatic and political history in the interwar years, and also on the history of Western Canada. He is a co-translator of John Meehan’s Dominion and the Rising Sun: Canada Encounters Japan, 1929-1941 (2006), a translation that won the Canadian Prime Minister’s Award.



HORIUCHI, Kazunobu

Kazunobu Horiuchi, M.A., is a professor at Reitaku University where he teaches sociology, American society (in Japanese), and Japanese religious history (in English), as well as English. He also serves as the director of the International Exchange Center. His research interests include religion and politics in American society, religious precepts and economic growth in Asian countries, theories of public religion, and the study of virtues. He has published many articles and books in Japanese, including America and Religion (2010) and The Disuniting of American Society (2005).



MADONO, Satoru








MIZUNO, Shujiro

Shujiro Mizuno, Ed.D., is a professor at Reitaku University and vice president of the Japanese Association of Certified Professional Counselors. His specialized area of study is counseling and human development. He has edited Searching for a Common Morality in the Global Age: The Proceedings of the International Conference on Moral Science in 2002 (with Haruo Kitagawa and Peter Luff, 2004) and his writing also include ”The Self-examination of Dr. Chikuro Hiroike and Its Application to Counseling” (Studies in Moralogy, no. 61, 2008).




LUFF, Peter Albert

Professor of Faculty of Economics and Business Administration. He received his doctorate in history from the University of Oxford and was a Harkness Fellow in the U.S.A.  His interests include the ethics of business people and medical practitioners, moral causality, ethics and literature, and the moral tradition in Czech life. Publications include ‘Business Ethics or Business as Ethics?: Chikuro Hiroike and the Material World’ and ‘Soseki Natsume, Chikuro Hiroike and the Uses of Freedom’ (Studies in Moralogy, 2008, 2011).




ESHIMA, Kenichi

Assistant Teacher

Kenichi Eshima, M.Ed., majors in the history of education in Japan. His current research themes are the history and thought of Japanese moral education in the modern era. His published articles in Japanese include: “A Study of Chikuro Hiroike’s Ideas Regarding Moral Education: Focusing on his Teaching Years at Nakatsu and Shimoge,” (Morals and Education, No.329, 2011); “Daigakurei and Keio Gijuku: Pedagogical Education at Keio University,” (Philosophy, No.123, 2010); “The Formative Process of Tetsujiro Inoue’s ‘Kokumin-Doutokuron’ in the Meiji era, with a focus on Tyokugo-Engi,” (Inquiries into Humanity and Societies, No.67, 2009); and “The Application of Confucianism in the Formative Process of ‘Kokumin-Doutokuron’, with a focus on Tetsujiro Inoue’s Theory,” (Inquiries into Humanity and Societies, No.65, 2007).



Part-time lecturer in the Faculty of Foreign Languages

 Keiji Suwanai received his M.Ed. from Keio University and is currently Guest Professor at the Institute of Moralogy. His principal area of research is the Philosophy of Education. Among his publications are: Inazo NITOBE : A Knight Christian; “Japanese Modernization and its Spiritual Tradition” (Hiroike Institute of Education Publishing, 1985); “Moral Education in Various Nations” (Teacher Education Course Series, Vol.5: Moral Education, 1990); and “An Essay concerning the term ‘Character’ (1)~(7)” (Studies In Moralogy, 30,45,49,50, Kyorin University Review of Faculty of Foreign Languages vol. 10,11, and Kyorin Journal of Arts and Sciences, vol. 16).



Part-time lecturer in the Faculty of Foreign Languages

Tomotaro Hashimoto received his MA from Koukgakuin University  and is currently a Member of the Research Center of Moral Science at the Institute of Moralogy. His specialized fields of interest include Shinto, and the life and thought of Chikuro Hiroike. He was joint editor of the Encyclopedia of the Imperial Household (2009), and co-author of Meiji Taisho Showa, The Imperial Family and the Nobility(2012), both in Japanese.




Part-time lecturer

 Kazuhiro Miyashita received his M.A. in Literature from Waseda University. His research interests include Confucian thought during the Song-dynasty, and moral training in Confucianism. Among his publications are: “A Moral Textbook for High School Students” (CMSE, 2013); “A Practical Textbook For University Students: How Do You Think And How Do You Act?” (CMSE, 2011); (as translator) Tu Weiming, “Confucius in the 21st-century,” in Pursuing Confucianism in the 21st Century, (ed. Tsuchida Kenjiro, Waseda University Press,2010); “A Reconsideration of the Succession Between Chengyi 程頤 and Zhuxi 朱熹 Concerning “Weifa-Yifa 未発-已発”, Bulletin of the Graduate Division of Literature of Waseda University, 54 (1), pp. 33-50, (2009-02-28); and “Tracing the origin of Cheng Yi 程頤 ‘s theory of Jing 敬”, Journal of the Department of Asian Philosophy, Waseda University, 25, pp.135-156 (2008-03).



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