Fukutake Shintaro


Fukutake Shintaro is a Professor in the Faculty of Global Studies of Sophia University. He obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Philosophy from Sophia University in 1995, a Master’s degree in Cultural Anthropology from Nanzan University in 1998, and a Ph.D. in Area Studies (with a focus on Southeast Asian Studies) from Sophia University, in March 2008. He specializes in Cultural Anthropology and Southeast Asian studies, particularly within the areas of Indonesia and East Timor. He has conducted field research in border areas between Indonesia and East Timor, and has worked on issues such as violence, refugees, and reconciliation, from an anthropological perspective.

His current research areas include rural districts within Japan and in particular a mountain village located in the Aichi prefecture and the Okinawa islands, and since 2011 he also has dealt with the issue of individuals displaced due to the nuclear disaster, which arose at the Fukushima power plant. From 2001-2002 he worked as a community development officer for a Japanese NGO in East Timor, and translated into Japanese the Indonesian bestselling novel “Laskar Pelangi (the Rainbow Troops).

Fukutake Shintaro’s publications include the following:

“Marriage by Capture: A Study of Violence and Reconciliation in Southern Tetum Society, Timor Island,” BUNKA JINRUIGAKU 72 (1), 44-67, 2007. (In Japanese).

Shintaro Fukutake (ed.), Conflicts, Refugees, and Democratization, Sophia AGLOS Working Papers Series No .8, pp. 45-53, 2005.

“East Timor Feminism and Human Rights Discourse,” Jacqueline A. Siapno and Masako ISHII (eds.), Between Knowledge and Commitment: Post Conflict Peace-building and Reconstruction in Regional Contexts, JCAS Symposium Series No. 21, The Japan Center for Area Studies, National Museum of Ethnology, pp. 69-84, 2004.

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