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Professor Yoshio Sugimoto Emeritus Professor, Sociology

Yoshio Sugimoto grew up in Kyoto and graduated from Kyoto University. After working for a few years as a staff writer for The Mainichi Shimbun, a Japanese national daily, he pursued postgraduate studies in the United States and and achieved his PhD in Sociology at the University of Pittsburgh.

After moving to Melbourne, Australia, Professor Sugimoto taught and researched at La Trobe University's Sociology Department for more than three decades. During this period, he wrote many books and articles on Japanese society, focusing on cultural diversity and class competition, and played a significant role in promoting a paradigm shift in Japanese studies from monocultural to multicultural models. He continues to work on social stratification, civil society and ideology formation in contemporary Japan. His book, An Introduction to Japanese Society (Cambridge University Press), entered its fourth edition in 2014.

In the 1980s, Professor Sugimoto was instrumental in establishing the Japanese Studies Centre at Monash University and served as its Foundation Director. In 2000, he set up Trans Pacific Press, a publishing house that specializes in English versions of Japanese Social Scientists' books, and has been involved in the production of more than one hundred titles.


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