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HIRAI Shoko, Ph.D. (Professor) [Webpage] [KUID]

Personal Background

HIRAI Shoko received Ph.D. (2002) in Japanese Studies from The Graduate University for Advanced Studies. She was a research fellow of the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science from 1999 to 2005. In 2007, she became a member of Kobe University.

Fields of Specialization

Family Sociology
Historical Demography

Selected Publications

  • HIRAI Shoko and Herawati Kurniawan 2010 Foreword to the Cross-Cultural Marriage Research
     in Bangkok, in FUJII Masaru ed., Cross-cultural Marriage in East Asia: Japanese –Thai
     Marriage and its Comparison, Kobe University
  • HIRAI Shoko 2013. Rethinking Theories and Realities of the ‘Ie’ in Japan, TAKAHASHI
     Motoyasu ed., Finding ‘Ie’ in Western Society?: Historical empirical study for the
     paralleling and contrasting between Japan and Europe, pp.29-61, Matsuyama
  • Ochiai Emiko and Hirai Shoko eds., (forthcoming) , Japanizing Japanese Families: Regional Diversity and the Emergence of a National Family Model through the Eyes of Historical Demography, Brill.