The below information is as of June 30, 2009. It may differ from the current information.



Faculty Fellow (until June 30, 2009)

Professor, Osaka School of International Public Policy, Osaka University

Activities at RIETI


Public economics, economics of taxation, public expenditure
Japanese economy
Economics of the nonprofit sector
Distribution of income and wealth

Research Projects


2001 Ph.D., Public Policy, Osaka University
1985 M.S., Economics, London School of Economics and Political Science, University of London
1978 B.A., Economics, Osaka University


2002-present Professor, Osaka School of International Public Policy, Osaka University
1997-1998 Visiting Fellow, Program on Nonprofit Organizations, Yale University
1994-2002 Associate Professor, Osaka School of International Public Policy, Osaka University
1992 Associate Professor of Economics, Faculty of Economics, Osaka University
1988 Senior Economist, Research Division, Economic Planning Agency
1985 Consultant (part-time), National Institute of Economic and Social Research, U.K.
1978 Economist, Economic Planning Agency of the Government of Japan

Selected Publications and Papers

The Economics of the Japanese Nonprofit Sector, Shoukadoh: Kyoto, 2003, 257 pages.

Nonprofit Research 2000, editor, Nihon Hyoron Sha Publisher, 2000. (in Japanese)

Profile of Japanese Nonprofit Organizations, editor, OSIPP NPO Research Project, 2000. (in Japanese )

Introduction to Nonprofit Organizations, Nihon Keizai Shinbun, 1999. (in Japanese)

Nonprofit Data Book, editor, Yuhikaku Publisher, 1999. (in Japanese)

Japan's Economic Structure: Empirical Analysis (with Nobuo Sakamoto and others), Dobunkan Publisher, 1999. (in Japanese)

The Nonprofit Economy: The Economics of Nonprofit Organizations and Philanthropy, Nihon Hyoron Sha Publisher, 1997. (in Japanese)

Journal Articles
"Social Capital and Civic Activities in Japan" (with Yuko Nishide), The Nonprofit Review, Vol. 5, No. 1, 2005, pp.13-28.

"Is the government failure theory still relevant? A panel analysis using U. S. state level data" (with Yoshiho Matsunaga), Annals of Public and Cooperative Economics, Vol. 75, No. 2, 2004, pp.227-263.

"How do the Japanese define a volunteer? Test the net cost hypothesis" (with Kiriko Asano), The Nonprofit Review, Vol. 1, No. 1, June 2001, pp.15-26.

"Japanese nonprofit sector in comparative perspective," Global Economic Review, Vol. 29, No. 4, 2001, pp.106-128.

"The Theory of Charitable Donations: An Overview," Osaka Economic Papers, Vol. 48, No. 3-4, pp.241-253, 1999.

"The Size and Structure of the Japanese Nonprofit Economy," International Public Policy Studies, Vol. 3, No. 1, October 1998.

"The effects of aging on national saving and asset accumulation in Japan," in Michael D. Hurd and Naohiro Yashiro eds., The Economic Effects of Aging in the United States and Japan, The University of Chicago Press (National Bureau of Economic Research monograph series), 1997.

"An Economic Analysis of the Taxation of Fringe Benefits," The Monthly Journal of the Japan Institute of Labor, Vol. 37, No. 12, pp.26-37, 1995 (in Japanese with English abstract).

"Corporate Philanthropy in Japan," The Quarterly of Social Security Research, Vol. 30, No. 4, pp.355-364, 1995 (in Japanese).

"Studies on Asset Accumulation: A Survey of Recent Literature," The Economic Review, Vol. 44, No. 3, pp.260-266, 1993 (in Japanese).

"The Concentration of Personal Wealth in Japan," Osaka Economic Papers, Vol. 40, No. 1-2, pp.39-53, 1991.