Biography

Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at the Department of Behavioral Science, Hokkaido University, Japan. Member of Dr. Masaki Yuki’s Culture, Social Ecology, and Psychology Lab.

I research about cultural differences in consumer behavior on social media. So far I’ve mainly focussed on cultural differences between the US and Japan in privacy concern, self-promotion, and conflict avoidance on Facebook. These topics were the focus of my PhD dissertation, accepted in February 2016.

My research doesn’t stop at describing cultural differences. I also seek to uncover why those cultural differences exist. And that’s the focus of my current research project, surveying Facebook users from 40 countries about their behavior on the site.

I happen to hold the Guinness World Record for the Longest Journey by Skateboard. The clip above (in Japanese) explores how that led to pursuing a career in the field of cyber-psychology.


Positions

  • 20182016

    JSPS Post-Doctoral Research Fellow

    Hokkaido University, Japan

  • 20162013

    JSPS Research Fellow

    Hokkaido University, Japan

  • 20162015

    Adjunct Lecturer (Social Informatics)

    Hokkaido University of Science, Japan

  • 20162013

    Adjunct Lecturer (Media Effects)

    Hokusei Gakuen University, Japan

  • 20132012

    Research Assistant

    Hokkaido University, Japan

Education

  • PhD 2016

    Behavioral Science

    Hokkaido University

  • Summer Doctoral Program 2015

    Oxford Internet Institute

    University of Oxford

  • M.A. 2011

    Media and Communication

    Hokkaido University

  • B.A. (hons. 1st class) 2003

    Japanese

    Canterbury University, New Zealand


Honors, Awards, Grants

  • 2013-2016
    JSPS PhD Research Fellowship
    Three year contestable fellowship for doctoral candidates, awarded by the Japan Society for Promotion of Science (JSPS). Fellowship of JPY2,400,000 (US$25,000) per year.
  • 2014
    JSPS Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research
    Contestable funding for scientific reseach awarded by the Japan Society for Promotion of Science (JSPS). Sum awarded: JPY1,100,000 (US$12,000 equiv.).
  • 2013
    JSPS Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research
    Contestable funding for scientific reseach awarded by the Japan Society for Promotion of Science (JSPS). Sum awarded: JPY1,100,000 (US$12,000 equiv.).
  • 2013
    Distinguished Paper Award
    Awarded at the 2013 International Conference on Internet Studies (NETs2013), Hong Kong, China.
  • 2010-2013
    Japanese Government (MEXT) Scholarship
    Sum awarded: JPY2,308,000/year
  • 2012
    Asia:NZ Foundation Travel Grant
    Sum awarded: NZ$2,000
  • 2012
    IMCTS Young Researcher’s Development Fund
    Sum awarded: JPY56,000

Affiliations

  • International Association for Cross Cultural Psychology (IACCP)
  • Japan Society for Social Psychology (JSSP)
  • Association for Computing Machinery (ACM)
  • Asia:NZ Foundation Leaders Network

Certifications

  • Level 1 2004

    Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT)

    See my 2013 Masters Thesis (written in Japanese) for a more recent indication of my Japanese proficiency.

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