[70th Anniversary Special Lecture Series for Members]
Dialogue with Nitobe Fellows: Life as a Pioneer

    ** This event now concluded.

    • Speakers:
      Chizuko UENO (Sociologist; Professor Emeritus, University of Tokyo)
      Fumino SUGIYAMA (Former national women’s fencing team member; co-chair, NPO Tokyo Rainbow Pride)
      Moderator: Tomoko KUBOTA (Reporter, TBS News)
    • Date: Thursday, April 14, 2022, 6:30-8:00 pm (JST)
    • Venue: Iwasaki Koyata Memorial Hall
    • Language: Japanese (without interpretation)
    • Eligibility: I-House members
    • Capacity: 60 seats (free of charge)
      *Registration required; priority given to members, first-come-first-served basis

    With I-House’s seventieth anniversary coming up on August 27, we have been conducting a review of our programming spanning such activities as intellectual exchange, scholarships, and research support programs, and we have decided to continue our effort to identify and develop forward-thinking leaders to tackle the many challenges confronting world today.

    In the first of a series of events to commemorate our anniversary, we are hosting a special dialogue featuring Chizuko Ueno, a leading scholar in women’s and gender studies and a recipient of the Nitobe Fellowship, and Fumino Sugiyama, a transgender activist who is also one of I-House’s younger members.
    The two will share their thoughts and experiences regarding changing social notions of gender and the family and the broader acceptance of diversity. We hope the dialogue will be an opportunity to gain insights into minority perspectives and to reflect on the development of intellectual leaders.

    * The Nitobe Fellowship
    The Nitobe Fellowship for Japanese Social Scientists, which was administered by I-House for 32 years from 1976, provided opportunities for young Japanese social scientists to engage in academic research and exchange at overseas universities and other academic research institutions with the aim of fostering human resources who (1) possess international knowledge, experience, and means of international communication, (2) would become future leaders in Japan in various social scientific fields, and (3) would play an active role in promoting international exchange.
    All of the fellows have made remarkable achievements in their respective fields of research since returning to Japan. This fellowship program was named after Dr. Inazo Nitobe (1862–1933), who interacted closely with I-House founders and played a pioneering role in academic exchange between Japan and other countries.


    Chizuko UENO (Sociologist; Professor Emeritus, University of Tokyo)
    Photo: Chizuko UENOAfter completing her doctoral course in sociology at Kyoto University, Dr. Ueno held teaching positions at Heian Women’s College and Kyoto Seika University, the International Research Center for Japanese Studies, the University of Bonn, Columbia University, and the College of Mexico, and was a visiting scholar at the Department of Anthropology at the University of Chicago. In 1993, Dr. Ueno was appointed Associate Professor of Sociology, Department of Sociology, the University of Tokyo, and then Professor of Sociology, Graduate School of Humanities and Sociology, the University of Tokyo, from 1996 to March 2011. She was a special invited professor at Ritsumeikan University from 2012 to 2017. She has served as Chief Director of the certified non-profit organization, Women’s Action Network (WAN), since April 2011. Dr. Ueno is a pioneer and leading theorist in women’s studies and gender research and also conducts research on nursing and care for the elderly. She has authored a number of books, including Kindai kazoku no seiritsu to shuen (The Rise and Fall of the Japanese Modern Family; Iwanami Shoten), which won the Suntory Award for Academic Publications in 1994. Her other books include Ohitorisama no rogo (Growing Old Alone; Bunshunbunko), Ueno-sensei feminism ni tsuite zero kara oshiete kudasai! (Please Teach Me about Feminism from Scratch; Daiwashobo), Onna no ko wa do ikiruka: Oshiete Ueno-sensei (Dr. Ueno’s Lessons on How Girls Should Live; Iwanami Junior Shinsho, 2021), Ofuku shokan: Genkai kara hajimaru (Correspondences: Starting at the Edge; Gentosha, 2021). In 2020, she was selected an International Honorary Member of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences.
    Fumino SUGIYAMA (Former national women’s fencing team member; co-chair, NPO Tokyo Rainbow Pride)
    photo: SugiyamaBorn in Tokyo, Fumino Sugiyama is a transgender activist and leading campaigner for a better understanding of sexual minorities in Japan—based on the idea that addressing the needs of minorities will also help resolve the issues faced by the majority. He is a former member of the Japan women’s national fencing team. After earning a master’s degree from Waseda University in 2007, Sugiyama spent two years backpacking around the world, visiting over 50 countries and the Antarctic, during which he came face to-face-with various social issues. He became actively involved in awareness-raising activities for LGBTQ issues in the early 2010s, contributing to the effort to make Shibuya Ward the first municipality in Japan to recognize same-sex partnerships in 2015. In the same year, Sugiyama became a member of the Shibuya Ward Gender Equality and Social Diversity Promotional Committee and a co-chair of Tokyo Rainbow Pride. He currently serves as an executive board member of Federation Japonaise d’Escrime and the Japan Olympic Committee (JOC). Publications include Daburu hapinesu (Double Happiness; Kodansha, 2006), Moto joshi kosei, papa ni naru (A High School Girl Becomes a Dad; Bungei Shunju, 2020), and Sannin de oya ni natte mita (Starting a Three-Parent Family; Mainichi Shimbun Publishing 2021). He is now a father busy with his parenting duties.
    Tomoko KUBOTA (Reporter for TBS News)
    Photo: Kubota TomokoAfter graduating from the Tokyo University of Foreign Studies, Tomoko Kubota joined Tokyo Broadcasting (TBS) in 2000, where she worked as an announcer on such programs as Dobutsu kisotengai! (Amazing Animals), Chikushi Tetsuya no news 23, and Hodo tokushu (News Special). From 2013, she concurrently took on assignments in the news bureau, serving as a New York Bureau correspondent and a political reporter. She became a freelancer in 2017 and obtained an MA in oral history from Columbia University in 2019. She is currently enrolled in a doctoral program at the University of Tokyo, where she is continuing her research on oral history, conducting interviews on war experiences. She returned to TBS News as a reporter in 2021.