Project Members

SKY[Skills and Knowledge for Youth] home Project Members


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Professor , Project Leader Shoko Yamada

My field of specialization is education and human resources in developing countries, particularly in Africa. I propose policy measures to improve the capacities of people for productive lives and wellbeing, through comprehensive analysis of skills and knowledge to be acquired in school and through work.

Main article / book

1.Yamada, Shoko, Christian Otchia, and Kyoko Taniguchi (2018). “Explaining differing perceptions of employees’ skill needs: the case of garment workers in Ethiopia,” International Journal of Training and Development. Vo. 21, Issue 4
2.Yamada, Shoko and Noriko Matsuda (2007). Vocational and Industrial Human Resource Development through TVET in Africa: Changing Assistance Environments and Human Resource Demands. pp. 102. Japan International Cooperation Agency and GRIPS.

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Associate Professor, Graduate School of International Development, Nagoya University Christian Otchia

My research interests lie in the areas of political economy, labor economics, and economic development. My general approach is to develop and use economic models to study how industrial policy affects the relationship between economic growth and structural change in developing countries. Currently, my main research is on skills development, vocational training, and enterprise development.

Main article / book

1.Explaining differing perceptions of employees’ skill needs: the case of garment workers in Ethiopia. (With Shoko Yamada & Kyoko Taniguchi). International Journal of Training and Development, Forthcoming, 2018.
2."Gender-based Barriers and Opportunities to Financial Inclusion: New Evidence from Ghana." In Financial Inclusion for Poverty Alleviation: Issues and Case Studies for Sustainable Development, edited by Essam Yassin Mohammed and Zenebe Bashaw Uraguchi, 155-73. London & New York: Routledge, 2018.
3.Mining-based growth and productive transformation in the Democratic Republic of Congo: What can an African lion learn from an Asian tiger? Resources Policy 45: 227-238, 2015.
4.Agriculture Modernization, Technological Change and Pro-Poor Growth: Policy Options for the Democratic Republic of Congo, Journal of Economic Structures 3(8):1-43, 2014.

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Assistant Professor, Graduate School of International Development, Nagoya University Yuki Shimazu

Sociology of Education and Africa Studies. She has researched on (1) Gender education in the training program for agricultural extension workers in Ethiopia, (2) Social/cultural factors affecting teachers’ implementation of curriculum, and (3) Industrial skills development in Africa.

Main article / book

1.Establishing Linkage between Formal TVET and the Local Labor Market in Ethiopia: The Strategy Implementation and Challenges of Formal TVET Institutions, Yuki Shimazu , Africa Educational Research Journal , 5, pp.134-148, 2014.

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Graduate School of International Development
Post-doctoral research fellow, JSPS
Kyoko Taniguchi

My major is educational development in developing countries. Mainly I have been focusing on doing school effectiveness research, measuring student achievement, and analyzing factors influencing grade repetition, dropout and transfer. Recently, I am also studying technical vocational education and training (TVET).

Main article / book

1.Yamada, S., Otchia, C., and Taniguchi, K. (2018). “Explaining differing perceptions of employees’ skill needs: the case of garment workers in Ethiopia,” International Journal of Training and Development. 21 (4).
2.Yamada, S., Taniguchi, K., Otchia, C. (2016). Policy Brief: Expected and Actual Skills of Young Workers in the Garment Industry of Ethiopia. Nagoya University.

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doctoral fellow Natsuki Kondo

I’m interested in understanding the complexity and dynamics of African societies from structure and agency relationships and also interested in the methodological aspects. Area: Critical pedagogy, collective action and social movement theory, life story.

Main article / book

1. Natsuki KONDO. 2018. Theoretical and Analytical Framework to Capture Social Movements in Developing Countries from Actor’s Perspective: Approach to the Meaning of Action through Life Stories. Forum of International Development Studies, 48(4), 1-16.

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Lecturer at African Studies Center, Tokyo University of Foreign Studies Kazue Demachi

I have been focusing on analyzing the macro economies of natural resource-rich countries in Sub-Saharan Africa and Asia. My current academic interests are in evaluating the resource-led growth of Africa in the 2000s, as well as in the fostering of manufacturing sectors in developing economies to support non-resource-based growth. My recent works also cover vocational training, which bridges the gap between education and industry in developing economies

Main article / book

1.Demachi, Kazue, (2017) “TVET as the last educational chance: Employability and family background of Ethiopian urban youth,” IDE Discussion Paper, No.671, Institute of Developing Economies; Chiba.
2.Demachi, Kazue and Takuji Kinkyo (2016) “Financial Development and Growth in Resource-Rich Countries,” in Takuji Kinkyo, Takeshi Inoue, and Shigeyuki Hamori Eds., Financial Linkages, Remittances, and Resource Dependence in East Asia, World Scientific Publishing: Singapore, 119-144.
3.Demachi, Kazue and Takuji Kinkyo (2016) “Challenges to Macroeconomic Management in Resource-Rich Developing economies,” in Takuji Kinkyo, Takeshi Inoue, and Shigeyuki Hamori Eds., Financial Linkages, Remittances, and Resource Dependence in East Asia, World Scientific Publishing: Singapore, 163-180.
4.Demachi, Kazue (2014) “Capital flight from resource rich developing countries,” Economics Bulletin 34(2): 734-744.


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Visiting Professor
Hiroyuki Noguchi

My starting point as a researcher was “Test Theory”. In time, my interest became the theme around what needs to be done when applying the item response theory to a large-scale linguistic test. Currently I am researching about how to adapt CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages: Learning, teaching, assessment) in Japanese language settings and what supporting information is needed.

Main article / book

1.Shimada,M. & Noguchi,H.(2017). Introduction to Statistical Analysis for Japanese Language Education, Hitsuzi Shobo, Tokyo, Japan (in Japanese).
2.Noguchi,H. & Osumi,A. (2014). Introduction to Fundamental Test Theory and Application for Language Testing. Kenkyusha, Tokyo, Japan.
3.Noguchi,H.(2016).Test Standardization and Equating. JLTA Journal 2016 Supplementary : 20th Anniversary Special Issue,19,81-89.
4.Sakai,W.& Noguchi,H.(2015).Comparison of Tests of Mental Health for Student Counseling : Formation of a Common Measure. Japanese Journal of Educational Psychology,63,111-120. (in Japanese with English abstract).
5.Noguchi, H. & Kumagai, R. (2012). Estimation of Equating Coefficients Using Estimated Population Distribution in Common Examinees Designs. Japanese Journal for Research on Testing, 8, 9-18. (in Japanese with English abstract).
6.Noguchi, H. & Kumagai, R. (2011). A Correction for the Mean and Sigma Method in Common Examinees Designs. Japanese Journal for Research on Testing, 7, 15-22. (in Japanese with English abstract).

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Professor, Graduate School of Asian and African Studies, Kyoto University Motoki Takahashi

I am interested in how African people’s economic activities, their way of lives and way of thinking interact with aid, and how they develop. My research is based on the knowledge of Development Economics, Political Economy, and African Area Studies.

Main article / book

Contemporary African Economies: A Changing Continent under Globalization African Development Bank (2016); “The Peculiarities of Japan’s ODA and the Implication for African Development”in André Asplund and Marie Söderberg eds. Japanese Development Cooperation: the Making of an Aid Architecture Pivoting to Asia Routledge. pp. 19-40 (2017); “National Integration, Political Violence and People’s Livelihoods: Conflicts and Coexistence in Rural Kenya” in Gebre Yintiso Deko, Itaru Ohta and Motoji Matsuda eds. African Virtues in the Pursuit of Conviviality: Exploring Local Solution in Light of Global Prescriptions. Langaa, pp.171-204 (2017) and other numerous books and articles

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Chief Researcher, The Japan Textiles Importers Association.
Team leader, JICA Pakistan Apparel Project.
Advisor, PQC Corporation; Japanese textile inspection companies,Bangkok,Thailand.
Yasuhiro Shoda

In ODA: Official Development Assistance and inter-state cooperation project for nurturing apparel industries in Asia and Africa countries, I have conducted production management and quality control seminars about 50 times and factory technical guidance at about 450 companies.
Former Professor, Bunka Gakuen University and Bunka Fashion College Tokyo, JAPAN

Main article / book

1.“The future of spreading ASEAN's sewing industry.” Journal of The Japan Research Association for Textile End-users, Vol.58,2017
2.“Quality Management in the Asian Apparel Industry(1),(2),(3),(4).” Journal of Bunka Women's University, Studies on fashion science & art design, No.37・38・39・40,2006,2007,2008,2009
3.“Apparel Production Design.” Bunka Fashion College 2005
4.“Apparel Quality Management.” Bunka Fashion College 2005