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Yasuhiro Makimura

Research Interest and Scholarship

  • Economic history of urban regions (basically you trace the production and consumption of one or two things, and see how people make a living and are connected to the wider world)
  • Diplomatic history in the 19th century


  • Yokohama and the Silk Trade: How Eastern Japan Became the Primary Economic Region of Japan, 1843-1893, (London, Lexington Books, 2017)
  • Editor, A Collection of Documents of Yoshida Kyonari, Japanese Ambassador to the United States in the Nineteenth century(forthcoming).
  • Translator, Kato Yuzo's "The Opening of Japan and the Meiji Restoration, 1837-1882" in Ian Nish, Yoichi Kibata (eds.) The History of Anglo-Japanese Relations (London:MacMillan, 2000), p. 60-68.
  • Translator, Yasumaru Yoshio's "Popular thought and Japanese modernity," (forthcoming).

Academic Awards, Honors and Officerships

  • YOKE Fellowship: Yokohama City Grant (1998-1999)
  • Japan Foundation Fellowship (1999-2000)
  • Columbia University, Committee on Asia and Middle East Postdoctoral Fellowship (2001-2003)

Other Information

I was born in Japan, then bounced back and forth between the New York metropolitan region and the Tokyo metropolitan region. After graduating from college in the Boston area, I was unsure of what to do with my life. So I went to Britain to delay my decision (ostensibly to study) for 2 years. By the time I came back to New York, I had committed myself to a life in academia. Hence, my professorship here at Iona College.