Academic Staff


Associate Professor
Focus Advisor SEG

Contact Information

+81 750 753 2780

Kyoto University
Graduate School of Letters
Yoshida honmachi, Sakyō-ku
Kyoto 606-8501
Room: Faculty of Letters Build. [8], 4th floor, room 405

Wed & Thur 13:00-17:00 (by appointment).

ASATO Wako is focus advisor for Society, Economy and Governance, which he also teaches in the Introduction to Transcultural Studies. His personal background is in the sociology of migration and care work in East and Southeast Asia.

PhD in Economics, Ryukoku University, Japan

Migration Studies, Social welfare, Asian Studies

Migration, demographic change, social policy, marriage migration, social integration, EU, Asia, Middle East

The area of research fieldwork is done mostly in East and Southeast Asia regarding demographic change and migration. I also send students as educational assistants to public schools in Kyoto for immigrant children where students learn how difficult it is for immigrant children to be socially integrated in the society. Bilateral collaboration between my project and Commission on Filipinos Overseas of the Government of the Philippines continues for more than five years to combat human trafficking and social integration of immigrants and their children in Japan.

2017 – Present
Associate Professor, Graduate School of Letters, Kyoto University

2008 – 2017

Associate Professor (KYOTO UNIVERSITY ASIAN STUDIES UNIT), Graduate School of Letters, Kyoto University

Special researcher or senior fellow at Sasakawa Foundation and Recruit Works Ltd for one year each before Kyoto University.

[1] Asato, Wako ed., Intimate Work and International MigrationKyoto University Press 2017.(in Japanese)

[2] Asato, Wako, 2016, “Foreign Domestic Workers and Marriage Migrants: Issues Migration Regime Raise, The Quarterly of Social Security Research, Vol. 51-No.3-4.270-286.

[3] ASATO, Wako (2014) “Incorporating Foreign Domestic Workers as Providers of Family Care: Case Studies of Hong Kong, Taiwan and Singapore”, Ochiai, Emiko and Leo Aoi Hosoya ed., Transformation of the Intimate and the Public in Asian Modernity, 190-234, Brill.

[4] Asato, Wako, 2012, “Nurses from Abroad and the Formation of a Dual Labor Market in Japan”, Southeast Asian StudiesMarch, 642-669

[5] ASATO, Wako (2010) “Narrowing the Care Gap: Migrants at Home, Institutions and Marriage Migrants”, Journal of Intimate and Public SpheresPilot issue: 83-100.

[6] Asato, Wako ed., Collapse of Closed JapanDiamond Publication. Ltd. 2011.(in Japanese)

The following information is neither exclusive nor comprehensive but covers suggestions and ideas for topics I am interested in supervising.

Possible areas of supervision:

  • Asian, “new,” and transnational familism
  • Care work
  • Class mobility
  • Developmentalism
  • Institutional harmonization
  • International division of labor
  • Migration studies
  • Modernization theory
  • Social Exchange Theory
  • Welfare regimes and welfare migration