Angela Yiu

Angela Yiu is the Acting Director and Chief Editor of Monumenta Nipponica.
She is a Professor at the Faculty of Liberal Arts, Sophia University, and her research interests include modern and contemporary Japanese literature, plurilingual literature, utopian studies, urban studies. Representative publications include Chaos and Order in the Works of Natsume Sōseki, Three-Dimensional Reading: Stories of Time and Space in Japanese Modernist Fiction, 『世界から読む漱石「心」』, Literature in Heisei Japan (forthcoming). She is committed to a sustainable future for MN with her wonderful team of scholars and staff.

Edward Drott

Edward Drott is Associate Professor of Japanese Religions at Sophia University. He is the author of Buddhism and the Transformation of Old Age in Medieval Japan (University of Hawai’i Press, 2016) and the editor of Biolust, Brain Death and the Battle over Organ Transplants: America’s Biotech Juggernaut and its Japanese Critics (Bloomsbury, 2022). Drott joined MN as Associate Editor in 2023.

Bruce L. Batten

Bruce L. Batten is Resident Director of the Inter-University Center for Japanese Language Studies (IUC) and Professor Emeritus at J. F. Oberlin University. He is the author of To the Ends of Japan: Premodern Frontiers, Boundaries, and Interactions (University of Hawai‘i Press, 2003) and Gateway to Japan: Hakata in War and Peace, 500–1300 (University of Hawai‘i Press, 2006) and the coeditor, with Philip C. Brown, of Environment and Society in the Japanese Islands: From Prehistory to the Present (Oregon State University Press, 2015). Batten joined MN in 2016. He writes about his role in the essay: “A ‘Thankless Task’? My Work as a Book Review Editor.”

Esther Sanders

Esther Sanders returns to Monumenta Nipponica as managing editor after having served in that role from 2009 to 2022. She has a bachelor’s degree in economics from Vassar College. She has edited and translated in diverse fields including corporate communications, journalism, education and psychology, and the humanities. Now and then, she tinkers with poetry.

Seiko Tasaki

Seiko Tasaki

Seiko Tasaki is a graduate of Ochanomizu University’s MA program in European philosophy. She spent several years studying abroad in Germany at Ruhr-Universität Bochum where she obtained a second MA in German philosophy. She has a particular interest in Scottish and German Enlightenment thought. She joined the MN team as office manager in the spring of 2021.

Azusa Chiba

Chiba Azusa received her bachelor’s degree from the Faculty of Liberal Arts at Sophia University and graduated with an MA in art history. She has a particular interest in artistic depictions of Japanese yōkai fairies and oni monsters. She joined the MN team as office assistant in the spring of 2018.


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