Focus Advisor SEG
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.
 Asato, Wako ed., Intimate Work and International Migration, Kyoto University Press 2017.(in Japanese)
 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.
 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.
 Asato, Wako, 2012, “Nurses from Abroad and the Formation of a Dual Labor Market in Japan”, Southeast Asian Studies, March, 642-669
 ASATO, Wako (2010) “Narrowing the Care Gap: Migrants at Home, Institutions and Marriage Migrants”, Journal of Intimate and Public Spheres, Pilot issue: 83-100.
 Asato, Wako ed., Collapse of Closed Japan, Diamond Publication. Ltd. 2011.(in Japanese)
Fall Term 2018
Cross-Border Migration (SEG).
Spring Term 2018
Introduction to Transcultural Studies (KBR/SEG/VMC).
Fieldwork and Qualitative Research of Japanese Society (SEG).
Fall Term 2017
Spring Term 2017