I am originally from Gifu Prefecture in central Japan and now live in Scotland, having joined the University of Edinburgh in 2016 as a Knowledge Exchange Research Fellow with ECRED (Edinburgh Centre for Research on the Experience of Dementia) after completing a Research Fellowship in the Institute of Gerontology, King’s College London. I originally joined King’s College London in 2012 as a Leverhulme Early Career Fellow. I am currently a partner of the Japan Dementia Working Group.
I obtained my PhD researching the care of older people in Britain and Japan from cross-national and historical perspectives which was published as The Care of Older People: A comparative study, England and Japan (Routledge 2013).
Her research interests included the social care for older people in Britain and Japan, where she brought the relationship between the public and voluntary sectors into focus. Her research included a cross-national study into the role of the voluntary sector in community-based provision – particularly support for people with dementia and their carers. She is currently researching the participation, social citizenship and rights of people with dementia in Japan and the UK in policy and practice – particularly dementia-friendly initiatives. Her cross-national approach strengthens and informs shared learning and global perspectives. For further information, see Research and Publications.