Nemoto Kei


Nemoto Kei is Professor at the Faculty of Global Studies in Sophia University. His specialization is Modern History of Burma (Myanmar). He was born in 1957, received B.A. and M.A. from International Christian University in Tokyo. NEMOTO conducted research in Burma as a Japanese state scholar from October 1985 to October 1987. During the period of October 1989 and March 2007, he served as Research Associate, Associate Professor and Professor at Research Institute for Languages and Cultures of Asia and Africa (ILCAA) in Tokyo University of Foreign Studies (TUFS). He was Visiting Fellow at School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) in University of London between September 1993 and March 1995. Since April 2007 he has been at the present position. His research topics up to now can be classified into three categories.

  1. Historical development of Burmese Nationalism during the British colonial period
  2. Political changes and continuities of Burma during the Japanese military occupation (especially the political attitudes of Burma towards Britain and Japan)
  3. Post-war politics of Burma (including the condition of ethnic minorities)
Nemoto Kei’s publications include the followings:

“The Anglo-Burmese in the 1940s: To become Burmese or not”, 2014, (in The Journal of Sophia Asian Studies, No.32, pp.1-23), Institute of Asian Cultures, Sophia University.

“Neither Pro-British nor Pro-Japan: How the Burmese Political Elite reacted under British and Japanese Rule”, 2009, (in Hugo Dobson, Nobuko Kosuge (eds.), Britain and Japan at War and Peace, pp.51-65), Routledge, London.

“Between Collaboration and Resistance: Reconsideration of the Roles of Ba Maw and Aung San in their Context of Asserting Burmese Nationalism”, 2007, (in Kei Nemoto (ed.) Reconsidering the Japanese Military Occupation in Burma (1942-45), pp.1-27), Research Institute for Languages and Cultures of Asia and Africa, Tokyo University of Foreign Studies.

“The Concepts of Dobama (Our Burma) and Thudo- Bama (Their Burma) in Burmese Nationalism, 1930-1948”, 2000, (in The Journal of Burma Studies vol. 5, pp.1-16), Center for Southeast Asian Studies, Northern Illinois University.

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