Research Associates and Assistants


Research Associate



Mio Yachita is a researcher, educator and coordinator in international arts management and cultural policy. Since 2016, she has been a research associate at the Graduate School of Global Arts, Tokyo University of the Arts. Her research has been on: relationship between vernacular cultural ecosystem and cultural policy in Japan, Malaysia and Cambodia; building networks of arts management education in Asia; community-engaged arts, performing arts management and cultural diplomacy. Previously, she worked at the Japan Foundation from 2009 and served overseas as an assistant director and head of the Cultural Affairs Department in Malaysia from 2012 – 2016. In Malaysia, she produced numerous performing arts programs such as traditional Kyogen and Bunraku and contemporary performances, while overseeing funding program for the arts and academic exchanges. She received her MA in cultural policy from Tokyo University of the Arts and bachelor in musicology and public policy from ICU Japan.


Research Associate



Completed an MFA (History of modern and contemporary art and art criticism) at Tama Art University. He has worked as a director, curator and coordinator for many art exhibitions at museums, art spaces and galleries, as well as  international art exhibitions and art projects in Japan and overseas. He has written for the Japanese art magazine Bijutsu Techo and etc. He has also edited, “MAM Documents 002: Global Art and Diasporic Art in Japan and Asia” (Tokyo: Mori Art Museum, June 2016) and has worked as an assistant researcher (main researcher: Mami Kataoka, a chief curator of Mori Art Museum) for the Japan section of the historical archives exhibition at Library Park, Asia Culture Center, in Gwangju, Korea. He is currently undertaking studies in western art history and ideas at the Graduate School of Kyoto University.


Research  Associate



Born in Chiba, Japan in 1986, Hiroki Yamamoto graduated in Social Science at Hitotsubashi University, Tokyo in 2010 and completed his MA in Fine Art at Chelsea College of Arts (UAL), London in 2013. In 2018, Yamamoto received a PhD candidate from the University of the Arts London. From 2013 until 2018, he had worked at Research Centre for Transnational Art, Identity and Nation (TrAIN) as a postgraduate research fellow. After working at Asia Culture Center (ACC) in Gwangju, South Korea, he was a postdoctoral fellow at the School of Design, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong until 2019. Yamamoto researches on modern and contemporary art in East Asia in relation to the history of war and colonization in the region. His publication includes The History of Contemporary Art: Euro-America, Japan, and Transnational (2019, Chuo Koron Sha).


Research Assistant

SAKAI Masayo


Completed her musical studies at Toho Gakuen School of Music (Piano major). She has devoted herself to chamber music, and has played in many different ensembles, ranging from duo and Lied accompaniment to piano quintet. Currently, she works closely with Michael Spencer (Violinist, Facilitator, Educator) acting as an assistant facilitator, interpreter and coordinator.  Through this work, she has expanded her career into community-engaged works and educational programming through music.


Research Assistant

SHOJI Wataru

庄子 渉

Born in Sendai, 1987. Shoji graduated from Tokyo University of the Arts with a BA in Musical Creativity of the Environment. He has worked on the art project “Art City for Living” and the community-planning project “MAD City”. He is now the Director and Coordinator of the artist-in-residence program, PARADISE AIR.


Research Assistant


山崎 朋