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Sport Policy Research Institute Staff

The Sport Policy Research Institute is the part of the SSF that conducts research and survey activities inside Japan and around the world, both independently and in collaboration with external researchers and experts. Its findings inform national and local policymaking and help sports promotion organizations design projects.

Yasuaki MUTO, PhD
Yasuaki MUTO, PhD
Director
Research Areas
Management;
corporate economics;
sports policy
Satoru KUMAGAI
Satoru KUMAGAI
Advisory Fellow
Research Areas
Public policy (political process theory, public administration theory); sports policy
Shigeki SHIBUYA
Shigeki SHIBUYA
Senior Program Director
Research Areas
Sports volunteering;
community sports;
lifelong sports
Tomohiko YOSHIDA
Tomohiko YOSHIDA
Senior Program Director
Research Areas
Sports policy (Japanese and international); community sports promotion; sports governance; sports finance
Kazunari OBUCHI
Kazunari OBUCHI
Policy Director
Research Areas
Disability sports;
community-building through sports
Ryosuke TAKETOMI
Ryosuke TAKETOMI
Policy Director
Research Areas
International sports policy
Sachiko MIYAMOTO
Sachiko MIYAMOTO
Policy Director
Research Areas
Sports sociology;
children’s sports
Rie TAKENAGA
Rie TAKENAGA
Senior Policy Officer
Research Areas
Children and youth sports; coaching of children and youth sports; children’s sports clubs
Ayako OURA
Ayako OURA
Senior Policy Officer
Research Areas
Sports policy; sports sociology; exercise epidemiology, preventive medicine, pedagogy
Wataru SATO
Wataru SATO
Senior Policy Officer
Research Areas
Community-building through sports
Takehiro SUZUKI
Takehiro SUZUKI
Policy Officer
Research Areas
Sports sociology; children’s sports
Megumi SHIMIZU
Megumi SHIMIZU
Policy Officer
Research Areas
Community-building through sports
Taeahn KANG
Taeahn KANG
Policy Officer
Research Areas
Sports marketing;
sports sociology;
international sports policy

Special Researchers

Shinsuke SANO
Shinsuke SANO
Senior Special Researcher
Research Areas
Sports media theory; sports policy; sports history
Yasuko KUDO
Yasuko KUDO
Special Researcher
Research Areas
Lifelong sports theory; sports policy; sports and health event theory; sports volunteering
Kaoru KITAMURA
Kaoru KITAMURA
Special Researcher
Research Areas
Sociology; social pathology; sports sociology
Keiko HOMMA
Keiko HOMMA
Special Researcher
Research Areas
Sport for All; sports policy; healthy community-building through sports
Narumi FUJIOKA
Narumi FUJIOKA
Special Researcher
Research Areas
Sports policy; sports management
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