School personnel information




Area Studies, International Health and Population, Disaster Sociology,

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Organization 【 display / non-display

  • 2008.10.01 - 2015.03.31, Department of Global Human Sciences, Graduate School of Human Sciences, Associate Professor

  • 2015.04.01 - 2016.03.31, Department of Global Human Sciences, Graduate School of Human Sciences, Professor

  • 2016.04.01 - , Human Sciences, Graduate School of Human Sciences, Professor

  • 2011.02.01 - , The Museum of Osaka University

  • 2011.04.01 - 2012.07.31, Office for International Planning and Programs

  • 2011.04.01 - , Tekijuku Commemoration Center, Dutch Studies

  • 2014.04.01 - 2017.03.31, Supervisory Office for Overseas Centers for Education and Research, Regional Director, East Asia Center for Academic Initiatives (Shanghai Office)

  • 2015.09.10 - 2016.08.25, Gender Equality and University-Community Collaboration Board

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Mahidol University, Thailand ASEAN Institute of International Health  Completed Certificate in Public Health and Social Development 1988.08
Osaka University Faculty of Dentistry  Graduated Doctor of Dental Surgery 1992.03
Harvard School of Public Health, USA International Health and Population  Completed Master of Public Health (International Health) & MS in Population Science 1993.06
Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health, USA International Health  Postdoc Fellow 1996.09
London School of Economics and Political Science(LSE),School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM), UK Department of Social Policy and Administration  Completed Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Social Policy 2003.09
Universite de Geneve, Swiss Facultee' de Langues et Litte'ratures  DELF (Diplome d'Etudes en Langue Francaise) 2005.03
Bejing University of Language and Culture, China Chinese Studies(Chinese Govt HSK Bridge Scholarship)  UNLP(United Nations Language Proficiency) Chinese, Passed(Jan.2003) 2005.08

Employment Record 【 display / non-display

Director, East Asia Centre for Education and Research (Shanghai Office) 2014.04 - 2017.04
Osaka University Dental School Pedodontics 1992.04 - 1992.08
Harvard International AIDS Center,Research Assistant 1992.12 - 1994.09
US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Intern 1994.06 - 1994.11
Research Institute of Tuberculosis, Research Associate 1994.12 - 1995.05
World Bank Asia Dept Health and Population Specialist 1995.06 - 1996.07
East-West Center, Hawaii, Research Fellow 1996.07 - 1996.08
World Bank, East Asia Dept, Health Specialist 1996.08 -
United Nations University(UNU) Institute of Advanced Studies, PhD Fellow 2000.03 -
World Health Organization (WHO) China, Medical Officer 2001.04 - 2004.04
World Health Organization (WHO)HQ /UNAIDS Vaccine, Scientist 2004.04 - 2005.03
Kyushu University Faculty of Languages and Cultures, Associate Professor 2005.04 - 2008.09
Kyushu University Asia Centre for Policy Studies 2005.12 - 2010.09
Kyushu University Graduate School of Human-Environment Studies, Associate Professor 2006.04 - 2008.09
Osaka University Graduate School of Human Sciences 2008.10 - 2015.03
Osaka Univ Office of International Planning and Programs (concurrent post) 2011.04 -
Museum of Osaka University (Concurrent Post) 2011.04 -
Osaka Univ Tekijuku Commemoration Centre (Concurrent Post) 2011.04 -
University of Canterbury, Christchurch, NZ, Visiting Academics (Royal Society of New Zealand) 2013.06 - 2013.09
Professor, Graduate School of Human Sciences 2015.04 -
University of Melbourne, School of Population and Global Health, Centre for Disaster Management and Public Safety, Visiting Academics (Australian Academy of Science) 2015.08

Academic Society Membership 【 display / non-display

  • Japan Society for International Development

  • Japan Association for International Health

  • International Sociological Association (ISA)

  • Japan-China Sociological Society


Academic Papers 【 display / non-display

  • Thinking about 'having a child' reflecting on China's society and its history from the global health policy perspectives: Book Review, Chinese Society and the One Child Policy, Kohama Masako, Kyoto University Press, 2020, Junko Otani, Journal of Japan-China Sociological Society,28, 2021.03, Book Review(In Japanese)

  • Community support for new mothers in the super ageing urban Japanese society, Junko Otani, 16th World Congress on Public Health (WCPH), Roma, 2020 , 2020.10, International Conference(Non Proceeding)

  • Framing Disaster Resilience: The Role of Women in Disaster Response, Cavaliere, Paola., Izumi, Takako., Chen, Yixuan. & Otani, Junko, AAS in Asia (The Association for Asian Studies (AAS) ) Kobe, 2020.09, International Conference(Proceedings)

  • Postnatal Health Support Activities in Japan, Junko OTANI, IV ISA Forum of Sociology (July, 2020) Porto Alegre, Brazil, 2020.07, International Conference(Non Proceeding)

  • Lessons learnt from the Sichuan Earthquakes in China, Junko OTANI, Xin GAO, Yixuan CHEN, and Yixuan WANG, Proceedings of the 21st Japan Society for International Development (JASID) Spring Conference , 2020.06, International Conference(Proceedings)(In Japanese)

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Books 【 display / non-display

  • Translation, "Mixed Methods Research in Human Sciences - Resaerch design with qualitative and quantitative approaches", Junko Otani, KitaOjiShobo:Kyoto, ISBN, 978-4-7628-2731-0, 2010.11

  • Special, Human Security and Central Asia, Junko Otani, Takuzo Osugi, Hanashoin, ISBN, 978-4-903554-72-3 c3030, 2010.03

  • Special, Older People in Natural Disasters, Junko Otani, Kyoto University Press, ISBN, 978-4-87698-932-4, 2010.02

  • Special, Life after Disaster: Imact of the 1995 Great Hanshin Earthquake on Older survivors (Chinese edition), Junko Otani, SMC Publishing Inc.:Taiwan, ISBN, 978-975-638-727-2, 2010.02

  • Translation, Handling Qualitative Data: a practical guidebook"Lyn Richards (Japanese edition), Junko Otani & Takuzo Osugi, Kita Oji Shobo: Kyoto, ISBN, 978-4-7628-2683-2, 2009.07

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Awards 【 display / non-display

  • The 13th APRU Multi Hazards Symposium Paper Competition Award, Jing LI & Junko OTANI, Association of Pacific Rim Universities (APRU)& Peking University, 2017.08

  • Presidential Awards for Contributions, Osaka University (2014), Junko Otani, Osaka University President, 2014.07

  • The 24th Japan Society for International Development (JASID) Annual Meeting, Best Poster Presentation Award, Otani, Junko. & Zhang, Yumei., Japan Society for International Development (JASID) , 2013.11

  • 25 Graphics and 100 Papers Selection, Annual Report of Osaka University Academic Achievement 2009-2010 (Vol.11), Junko Otani, Osaka Universtiy, 2010.10

  • The 18th Showa Ikeda Award, Otani, Junko, Showa Ikeda Foundation, 1998.01

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Media report 【 display / non-display

  • Japan's occupational health and prevention system: Osaka University International Joint Research Promotion Program (, Maple News and Commentary, No. 291. National Taiwan University Medical Magazine, 2017.10

  • Molti anziani e terremoto - Il giappone è così simile a noi - Camerino - Junko Otani porta l'esperienza del suo paese, Il Resto del Carlino ITALIA, 2017.09

  • Osaka University East Asia Center for Academic Initiatives (Shanghai Office) Director, Interview, Globalization of Higher Education, Osaka University URA Mail Magazine Vol 37, 2016.10

  • Student Tourism Contest 2016 Osaka Stage - Mecca of Rugby, Nikkei College Cafe (, 2016.08

  • 5 th Anniversary of Osaka University's overseas office in Shanghai, Manufacturing and Technology, Vol. 67, No. 4, pp. 117-121, 2015.10

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Lecture / Exhibition 【 display / non-display

  • One World Festival 2020, WHO Association of Japan , 2020.02

  • INRCA-IRCCS (National Institute of Health and Science on Ageing) Italy, University of Camerino, (EU COST), Constructions of Old Age Exclusion, 2017.09

  • Hyogo Kobe World Meets for YOUTH, 2017.02

  • The 3rd KAIST International Disaster Management Keynote Lecture (Invited) Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, Looking at Disaster from food and health security perspectives, 2016.09

  • University of Tasmania, Medical School, Faculty of Health, experiences and health of older Japanese survivors of the 1995 Great Hanshin Earthquake and the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake, 2015.08

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Conference management 【 display / non-display

  • International Conference, The 29th Annual Conference of Japan-China Sociological Society, President, 2017.06

  • International Conference, International Federation on Ageing (IFA) 13th Global Conference on Ageing, "Disasters in an Ageing World - Readiness, Resilience and Recovery", Brisbane, Australia, June 2016, International Program Advisory Committee (IPAC), 2016.06

  • International Conference, The 24th Japan Association of International Development Annual Conference (Osaka University), Organizing Comiittee, 2013.11

  • International Conference, The 10th Osaka University Forum Disaster and International Cooperation (Shanghai), Organizing Committee, 2011.11

Outside Activity Management 【 display / non-display

  • Public Corporation, Friends of WHO Japan (World Health Organization), Board of Directors, 2020.05 -

  • Academic society, Japan-China Sociological Society, Board Member (President for 2017 Annual Conference), 2016.06 - 2019.06

  • Academic society, Japan Association for International Health, Permanent Executive Board Member, 2014.10 - 2018.11

  • Academic society, Japan Association for International Health, Executive Board Member, 2009.04 -


Other activities 【 display / non-display

  • Roundtable Meeting on Asia Development Bank (ADB)'s New Strategy , 2017.04 -

  • NZ University of Canterbury, Dept of Geography, Thesis External Examiner, 2014.02 -

  • Univ of Melbourne, Australia, Medical School, Population Health, Reviewer for faculty promotion , 2013.06 -