I originally came to the UK from Japan in 1999. My research interests centre around the policy and practice of long-term care in later life, especially in the UK and Japanese contexts. My particular interests include the areas of globalization, living environments for later life, and wellbeing.
I specialise in cross-cultural comparative methodology, which sheds light on contrasts between Western and Eastern philosophies and socio-cultural values. In using this method, I also adopt a multi-level approach which takes into account the micro- (e.g. individual), mid- (e.g. local), and macro- (e.g. societal) relationship as a central unit of comparative analysis. I have built on this expertise to generate knowledge which is both culturally relative and contextually specific – developing knowledge through understanding the individual’s experience, whilst analysing the social conditions in which this arises. My specialities also include the ethics of care perspective, from which I have developed relations-based knowledge, supported by a critical awareness of the prevailing neoliberal values in the age of globalization.